Foreigner! I am in Shanghai, 12-years-old, the only white person on a Chinese basketball team, the subject of hilarity as I run the wrong way on the court, having misunderstood the instructions, related in speedy Shanghainese. Bun dan! the coach shouts at me, and my teammates giggle shrilly.
Growing up abroad with a limited flow of information meant that our pop culture DNA may be non-existent or slightly flawed. Nothing brings this truth more to light than a night playing trivia in Chicago.
“Working and living in Haiti, I get a constant feeling of “You just can’t make this shit up,” Tara Yip-Bannicq said. For the past two years, the self-proclaimed “disaster junkie” has traveled around the world to help in humanitarian aid efforts in countries like Haiti and Indonesia.
This culture? That culture? A fun Denizen infographic.
“For me it’s never been a case of ‘choosing a career path,'” Victoria Moore-Jones said. After traveling around the globe for two decades, she found her career as a policy writer in New Zealand’s Parliament.
No one, not even other third culture kids, can understand exactly what your life has been like growing up around the world – except for the people who shared the same childhood.
A few years ago, Hong Kong changed a law to allow weddings outside of churches and City Hall, leading to the rise of McWeddings: weddings inside McDonald’s restaurants.