“The one fundamental hypothesis at GlobalGiving is that the world is connected, and the world is better off connected,” said TCK Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of the global nonprofit philanthropy. “We should care because it’s not just altruistic, but it affects your well-being.”
For our TCK readers gearing up for summer travels, here’s a peek in the carry-on of a bona fide travel geek.
“I see very young talent who some day will surpass me,” said Fiona Wong, Director of Corporate Leadership Development at PepsiCo. “I joke with them and say, when you become CEO, remember I had something to do with it.”
My mom stalks me on Facebook, my dad talks to me on Skype, and I chat daily with my brother using WhatsApp for BlackBerry. Denizen takes a look at the five must-have tech tools for TCKs.
Entrepreneurs and TCKs have some strikingly common characteristics: adaptable, open to risk, and remarkably resilient. “I’ve seen all kinds of entrepreneurs,” John Scull says. “I think, at end of day, the most important characteristic is that you can deal with ambiguity.”
“You know Entourage? I was basically Lloyd,” he laughs. After eight months of what he describes as a “Devil-Wears-Prada existence,” he now works as the assistant to the executive producer of ‘Glee’
From friends to food, weddings are a life event where TCKs can attempt to bring together all aspects of our global lives.
Just when you thought the quota, the lottery system, the very expensive application costs, and the uber-confusing legal procedures made getting an H-1B visa difficult enough—now there’s more. The recently-passed economic stimulus bill now contains restrictions aimed at deterring companies that receive bailout money from hiring H-1B workers. Bottom line: it’s going to take a hell of a lot more luck for non-Americans to get a job here. As the country’s unemployment rate steadily increases, the government is becoming more and more protective of its national workforce, and, as a result, more wary of foreign workers. In fact, the initial proposal, by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), planned to bar companies that receive bailout funds from hiring any H-1B workers. The current amendment is a little softer—it just makes it very difficult to hire them. Supporters of the bill insist that, with the current plethora of laid-off workers, companies should be able to easily find the kind of talent they’d find in foreign workers. Opponents, however, like the American Immigration Lawyers Association …
So Chinese-born superstar Gong Li recently became a Singaporean citizen—and people in China are completely freaking out. Even though her husband is Singaporean, and she’s lived abroad for years, her decision has sparked an onslaught of heated protest on popular online portals like sohu.com and sina.com. “Traitors like this don’t even love their own country,” one Netizen wrote, translated by The Times. “These people were only fake countrymen of ours. Let them slink off to other countries and die!” “All traitors will be nailed to history’s mast of shame,” wrote another. “We should resolutely reject any further contact with such people.” Um, seriously? Geez. Calm down, people. That’s psycho ex-boyfriend talk. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t think Third Culture Kids (TCKs) ever really “get” the whole patriotism thing. Even my British National Overseas (BNO) passport triggers confused questions that I don’t quite know how to answer: “Oh, you’re British?” “No, it’s a Hong Kong passport that just looks like a British passport. You know, it was a British colony…” “Weren’t you born in England, …