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I Am A Third Culture Kid

This resounds with me personally.

Born of Indian parents in the United States but growing up with Tamil spoken at home and with relatives it was always interesting to me how I saw my own culture. I was born in New York City but raised in Athens, GA and so I identify with the “yankee” vs “rebel” side of the United States.

I like my sweet tea brewed with sugar in it. I love Coke. I drive a diesel pickup truck. I hunt and fish and eat what I kill. With the right surrounding I even pick up a pretty deep southern drawl if you’re so lucky. Taking a glance at that without seeing me in person you would picture a white, conservative, southern, male “redneck”. Well all that is basically true except for white part; just replace it with brown. Yea scratch your head with that for awhile.

The reality of it all is that with globalization really hitting a maturity where there is little to no barrier for entry, kids could grow up anywhere. Not just the US melting pot. I have some close friends here in Baltimore who’s children were born here and schooled here, but soon they are going to return to India because there just simply are better opportunities “back home”. Now that is “home” for the parents, but the kids on the other hand might see the Mid-Atlantic coast of the US as home. That might change when they go back to India, but it will build their thought processes about the world and cultural.

I wonder now how we approach teaching these children with very broad world views. Better yet on a personal level, how I parent a kid like that.

Whoa. I just freaked myself out.