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Where in the World is Home?

For message about my life as an MK.
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Mel Zell

on 22 February 2013

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Transcript of Where in the World is Home?

Budapest Where in the world is home? New York AMAZON JUNGLE Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Ohio Connecticut you are here Greenfield, MA Born here Illinois "If home is where the heart is, then my heart is lost at sea...


Home is where the heart is, and my heart is in Your hand.
You, you can build Your kingdom in the center of this life.


And I'm stepping off this island, never looking back.
You're my only home..." -Charmaine in "Tokyo" Mr. Bob Kingsbury Betty Kingsbury "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone." -Ephesians 2:19-20 So how do I answer the most common questions here in the US? Where are you from?
Where is Brazil?
Do you live in a hut with snakes?
Do people walk naked everywhere?
Do you know how to do the Samba?
Do they have McDonald's in Brazil? How do I answer the most common questions
in Brazil? Do you know the President?
Is there McDonald's in the US?
Is it true that you don't have fences around your house?
Does everyone really carry a gun?
Do people really eat all that stuff for breakfast that you see on T.V.? How do I keep in contact with friends from the different places? Gmail
Facebook
Skype
Phone
Letters
MSN Why don't I keep in touch more often? Who am I?
Where is "home"?
"People don't understand me or where I'm coming from."
Feeling like an outsider.
Arrogance about their cultural experiences.
Grief from the loss of a country, friends, dreams, a lifestyle.
Grammar/spelling problems. Issues many MKS/TCKS deal with: Perks to being a TCK: Broad cultural & historical knowledge of other places.
Speak other languages.
Life experience at adapting to new places.
Have a different perspective on the world than a monoculture kid.
More empathy towards outsiders.
Ability to communicate with different age-groups.
Get to try different foods. Who are Cross Cultural Kids (CCK)? "Traditional" Third Culture Kids (TCKs)
"Domestic" TCKS
Bi/multiracial Children
Children of Borderlanders
Educational CCKs
International adoptees
Children of minorites
Children of immigrants
Children of refugees -Ruth E. Van Reken in "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds." Foreigner Hidden immigrant Adopted Mirror Look different
Think different Look alike
Think different Look different
Think alike Look alike
Think alike The PolVan Cultural Identity Model Cultural Identity in Relationship to Surrounding Culture -David C. Pollock/Ruth E. Van Reken in "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds."
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