The few quirks I had often made me feel funny around my local friends. I was never very good at answering that introductory question 'where are you from'? My accent tended to change when I spoke to different people. Often in the middle of a conversation, surprise or shock would cause me to blurt out an exclamation in a language no one else in the room was speaking ('aiyoo!').
Discovering the term 'third culture kid' created a light-bulb moment that redefined my past and my present. I learned that these seemingly inexplicable traits were actually common within the incredible, Third Culture community.
Although not necessarily a golden rule, a third culture kid (TCK) is a term which helps define individuals who have grown up in a culture (or multiple cultures) different to that of our parents' culture, for a significant part (or all) of our lives. This often means living with one culture at home that is fairly different to the other set of ideals, attitudes and beliefs your friends and colleagues practice when you step outside your door.
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I hope TCK Town will become one place in this big, wide world where fellow TCKs can find a sympathetic ear when they visit, a place to further expand brains already itchy for extra knowledge and a destination that's not limited by long flights, awkward transits or that time difference calculation before you decide to call in.
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai and Australia. Living in Melbourne)