Sunday, November 27

A Third Culture Kid

It's early Sunday evening and I come across a Guardian article that talks about an identity, something called third culture kids (it's a very good read btw). Well basically for those of you who have never come across this term, it refers to any individual who is raised in a culture other than their parents' (or the culture of the country given on the individual's passport - where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. A quick google search led me to this Buzzfeed article and this article by the Telegraph. By the end of reading these three articles, I actually felt a sense of... belonging? I mean, finally! Someone has articulated it perfectly how I feel most of the time.


For starters, it drives me insane whenever people ask me where I'm from... or what ethnicity I am... or how I got my accent. Cause how do I explain my story to them?

For the longest time, I thought to myself that maybe I'm just a bit too impatient because I would give people rather short answers or simple white lies that would not require further explanations. But no. I'm glad to know that it's something that a lot of other third culture kids experience. Every now and then, I get people who gets super puzzled when I say home is Hong Kong for me. Usually, questions like "but you're from Malaysia" or "does that mean you're from Hong Kong?" or worse, "how come you don't have a Chinese accent?" ensues.


It gets a little hard sometimes. Especially when you're homesick or when you're missing your best friends who's several thousand miles away. Distance is always the killer, isn't it? Maybe that's why I'm glued to my phone - whether I'm texting my family in Asia or my best friends in Australia and America... It all feels a little too much sometimes when all you want is for something to be constant for once. Oh I'm not complaining about all the opportunities or adventures that I've had, I'm simply describing some of the things third culture kids have to cope with. Not everything glimmers hmm.


I don't know why I decided to write this post but maybe it has something to do with missing my friends and feeling a tad bit lonely. Life gets super hectic and passes by too quickly. How on earth is it nearly December? I will be turning 22 soon! Everything's a little crazy. Oh and you guys have been so supportive in my last post. Even when I just came back from a blogging break... you guys are the best!


A third culture kid,
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33 comments :

  1. That article about third culture kid sounds interesting! Our identity and culture is something that I feel can always be developed. We are all born into a certain culture, but even if we don't move or live anywhere else we will still probably experience cultural changes because they simply happen...every culture changes and this can bring some identity questions as well. In the end, we're often a mix of many cultural influences. Our identity isn't something that needs to be written in stone. Sometimes it is something that evolves with us.

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  9. I haven't read this article yet, but even though I'm not third culture kid, I find this topic really interesting, considering the times we live in! :) I'm really happy that finally you felt sense of belonging, dear!

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  12. Although I wouldn't call myself kid haha, I can relate to the topic. Having a pretty much international life can be awkward sometimes and I don't need a specific country, passport or accent to know who I am or where I belong, but people always have an urge to ask all those things. I really enjoyed your post! ;)

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  13. I haven't heard of the term third culture kid, but I can certainly relate being in a multi-cultural society. Very interesting topic, & it's great that that's someone you can connect to now. Have a great week, sweetie! xoxo

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  17. I like that you wrote this post, now i can see things from your perspective too. I've never really thought about what it must be like being a third culture kid. I think it's good to write about it ans educate others too because one might simply ask by curiosity to try and get to now someone better but not realize how that simple question can make someone else feel.
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