What is the best thing about being a TCK?
For me, it’s the ability to connect with almost anyone on a personal level. I attribute this to the fact that culture is so inherent to our experience (as well as travel too), that we tend to surprise people by knowing at least a little something about so many things. This translates into an almost instant personalization. And when we aren’t familiar, we’re curious!
What is the worst thing about being a TCK?
The identity issues! I have so many. And this isn’t helped by the fact that, for me anyway, nationalism is something I just can’t identity with. Also, I only learned English growing up. So, sometimes even our own language differences can be tough because I feel like I’m not “TCK enough” because I’m only fluent in one language.
What Impact can TCKs have in the future?
That’s a good question. I think right now, it’s a bit premature though. I feel like a lot more discussion and research needs to go into the TCK experience. What I’d hope this could demonstrate then is where are we most effective, what resources need to exist for us, and how can we leverage our experiences and dispositions to really make a lasting impact. In particular, to help create more open, pluralistic, and understanding communities.