Where Am I From?<br />A Third-Culture Kid (TCK) Perspective Growing up in the United Arab Emirates<br />Renjie Butalid<br ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FouOIB_AAfw&<br />
Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />Useem used the term "Third Culture Kids" because TCKs integrate aspects of their birth cul...
Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />In the past, most of these children were from missionary, diplomatic, or military families...
Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />TCKscope rather than adjust, becoming “a part of” and “apart from” whatever situation they...
What does this all mean?<br />(from the perspective of a self-identified <br />TCK who grew up in the UAE)<br />
UAE Population: 					5.1 million*<br />Emiratis: 							19%<br />Other Arabs & Iranians:			23%<br />South Asian:						50%<...
Left: Grade 1 - Al Ain, UAE (90-91)<br />Right: Grade 2 - Al Ain, UAE (91-92)<br />
Why does everyone else know where<br />they are from and why don’t I know<br />where I am from?<br />
False assumption<br />No sense of belonging anywhere<br />Constantly searching for identity<br />Foreigner in your own cou...
Multiple attachments to different places,<br />better cultural understandings<br />
<ul><li>Better capacity to understand other cultures
Easily pick up other languages: English, French, Arabic, Tagalog (Filipino), Cebuano (local dialect), Hungarian
Easily adjust to local cultural mindset and context (Middle East, North America, Asia, Europe)</li></li></ul><li>Many diff...
Thank You<br />Merci<br />Salamatpo<br />(Shukran) شكرا<br />Köszönöm<br />Dankeshön<br />Dakujem<br />Grazie<br />
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  • Only officially became a Canadian citizen in January 2009. However, I have felt Canadian ever since I first stepped foot in the country in 2002, 9 years ago, when I moved to Waterloo, Ontario from the UAE for my university studies right after high school.Given all of this, I am really not too sure where I am from. Reality is a lot more complex.
  • I want to show you a video to provide a bit more perspective of what it is like to not know where you are from, and to be constantly on the move and searching for your identity. I will then discuss and share with all you the concept of what a Third-Culture Kid is, and how I came across this term as I was searching for my own identity when I was in high school growing up in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Ok, so how many of you can partially relate to what we saw in the film clip? In the introduction, the title of the film was “Les Passagers” – French for “The Passengers”, and then TCK. What does TCK mean?
  • For one thing, as you’ve seen from the video, as a TCK, you really don’t have a sense of belonging to any particular geographical place or location. You are constantly searching for identity and you get frustrated when you don’t feel like you belong anywhere. - In UAE, considered Filipino. In Philippines, considered foreigner. Elsewhere, pick and choose: Philippines or UAE
  • TCKs have the capacity to understand other cultures and pick-up languages fairly easily. Languages: English, French… Tagalog, Cebuano, Hungarian. Adjust to cultural mindset… UAE, Canada, Philippines. Showcase examples. (yalla, yahabibi… calling a waiter in Cebu). Koszonom in Vienna
  • All of a sudden, I have come to realize that I now have friends and contacts in many different places around the world as a result of constantly putting myself in ‘international’ experiences. Case in point, all of you sitting here today. As I was putting this presentation together, I have come to realize that where I am the most comfortable is being surrounded by people from many different cultures and experiences, providing me with a sense of commonality with humanity.
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    1. 1. Where Am I From?<br />A Third-Culture Kid (TCK) Perspective Growing up in the United Arab Emirates<br />Renjie Butalid<br />March 18, 2011<br />Intercultural Communication <br />Prof. GyörgyCsepeli<br />Kőszeg, Hungary<br />
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    3. 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FouOIB_AAfw&<br />
    4. 4. Third-Culture Kids (TCKs)*<br />The term “Third Culture Kids” was first coined by sociologist Ruth Hill Useem in the 1950’s, after spending a year on two separate occasions in India conducting research on North American children living in India.<br />Initially, the term "third culture" was used to refer to the process of learning how to relate to another culture.<br />*Bell, 1997; Downie, 1976; Gerner et al., 1992; Useem, Jordan, & Coffrell, 1998<br />
    5. 5. Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />Useem used the term "Third Culture Kids" because TCKs integrate aspects of their birth culture (the first culture) and the new culture (the second culture), creating a unique "third culture.” <br />In time, they also started to refer to children who accompany their parents into a different culture as "Third Culture Kids." <br />
    6. 6. Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />In the past, most of these children were from missionary, diplomatic, or military families;<br />And recently, include children whose parents line of work include intergovernmental agencies, educators, international NGOs, and international media.<br />
    7. 7. Third-Culture Kids (TCKs) <br />TCKscope rather than adjust, becoming “a part of” and “apart from” whatever situation they happen to be in.<br />Other terms that have been used to describe these children include: Global Nomads, hidden immigrants, transnationals, transculturals, internationally mobile children, and missionary kids. <br />
    8. 8. What does this all mean?<br />(from the perspective of a self-identified <br />TCK who grew up in the UAE)<br />
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    10. 10. UAE Population: 5.1 million*<br />Emiratis: 19%<br />Other Arabs & Iranians: 23%<br />South Asian: 50%<br />Other expats: 8%<br />(Westerners and East Asians)<br />*https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ae.html<br />
    11. 11. Left: Grade 1 - Al Ain, UAE (90-91)<br />Right: Grade 2 - Al Ain, UAE (91-92)<br />
    12. 12. Why does everyone else know where<br />they are from and why don’t I know<br />where I am from?<br />
    13. 13. False assumption<br />No sense of belonging anywhere<br />Constantly searching for identity<br />Foreigner in your own country growing up (UAE and Philippines)<br />
    14. 14. Multiple attachments to different places,<br />better cultural understandings<br />
    15. 15. <ul><li>Better capacity to understand other cultures
    16. 16. Easily pick up other languages: English, French, Arabic, Tagalog (Filipino), Cebuano (local dialect), Hungarian
    17. 17. Easily adjust to local cultural mindset and context (Middle East, North America, Asia, Europe)</li></li></ul><li>Many different experiences and connections all over the world<br />
    18. 18. Thank You<br />Merci<br />Salamatpo<br />(Shukran) شكرا<br />Köszönöm<br />Dankeshön<br />Dakujem<br />Grazie<br />

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