I started this website
own interest in this subject comes from a number of places.
For one, I’ve worked for almost twenty years as a performer
and consultant in International Schools and have become interested
in the stories told to me by children and adults about identity
and adjustment. Since I believe in ‘writing from what
you know’, I felt it was important to provide a site
where people could write about these and other related issues.
In the States, I’ve worked with children from many immigrant
communities. I’ve noticed a similarity between the stories
they tell and those told by children and adults in the International
Community and wanted to find a way that each group’s
stories could be shared with one another.
I’ve also long been interested in the how the ideas
of national, racial, ethnic ‘purity’ are breaking
down as a new definition of Global Citizenry is emerging.
I feel that Third Culture adults and children are ‘canaries
in the mine’, in that they are experiencing an early
stage of this larger cultural/demographic shift. I wanted
this website to be a place where the young and the old could
share their thoughts about this new identity.
my limited travels I too, have noticed and been embarrassed/surprised
by many mistakes I’ve made because of my lack of knowledge
of cultural differences. For instance…
out business cards in China respectfully with two hands
rather than showing one at someone.
someone with a polite ‘Good morning’, in Quito
before asking a question or in my case, demanding something.
Drinking tea in Islamic countries before conducting business
rather than saying as I have said inappropriately, ‘What’s
Interpreting the minions who come to my side in India as
impolite rather than merely trying to be helpful and curious.
are some funny stories out there and I want to laugh and learn!
I guess that is another reason I started this web site.