Growing up white in Taiwan made me feel like I had superpowers. I could read an English novel faster than any kid I knew! Benefit from preferential attention some places! Fly off to America for the summer to see my grandparents!
Having grown up in India, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey – countries where there is immense awareness about Islam – my most unique experience as a TCK Muslim was when I was studying abroad in Shanghai.
… that and other stories from those brave enough to date us.
Not being plugged in to the local culture greatly hindered my knowledge of the language and prevented “real” life from happening. Though getting involved in activities in a new country may seem daunting, it is crucial to being able to best enjoy and profit from your time overseas.
“I remember saying, ‘God, I would never do a startup, it just sounds like there is so much risk and no stability!'” Krissa said. “But here I am doing one.”
To understand why it is arguably more difficult for a non-U.S. resident to break into Hollywood than into a more common occupation (Computer Programmer, Engineer or Banker), you need to understand the following things about Hollywood.
Moving to another country requires so much more than the 50 pounds the airport lets you bring. And whether you’re excited, terrified, or horrified at the prospect of moving, one thing is true: you have to pack your suitcase. So allow me to give you some packing advice. I’m no expert, but I’ve gone through this once or twice.
Companies look for employees who not only fit the job description, but also have life experience, strong communication skills, and an ability to adapt. Here are some unique characteristics that TCKs can highlight when applying and interviewing for a job.
Being a true singleton without a surrounding expat community was a true test of self-reliance. I was just starting to develop my daily routines of where to buy groceries, where the good restaurants were, which gasoline station was convenient to go to, when everything came to a sudden stop on March 11, 2011.
I was lucky enough to be a guest on Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream” a few weeks ago, talking about DenizenMag.com.