Podcasts: Squad Chat with Third Culture Kids

Hi there!

I’m here today with something very different. While I like to focus on film and video for this blog, I’m actually going to share a podcast with you. It’s just too interesting to not share, and anyways audio is half of video format!

Meet the women of Squad Chat, a podcast I found while searching for TCK-related info on iTunes. Imagine Skyping with some of your closest friends (who happen to be countries away), and catching up on current events, both personal and international. That’s what you’ll find in this biweekly podcast. There is someone guiding the conversation, but when these girlfriends get giggly, the conversation always takes an interesting turn.

Click the picture below and listen to their first episode (it will actually take you to Soundcloud, for those who don’t use iTunes). Subscribe and/or leave a comment if you like their work.

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Independent Vloggers: skycedi

Hi there!

Long time, no see, I know. I’ve been contemplating moving this page to Facebook, or doing video reviews on YouTube. I started working on a new logo. Nothing is finished, and that’s all my fault. Let me know your thoughts and opinions.

Yesterday, I was scouring the internet for Korean reviews of the Black Panther movie, and somehow I entered the world of Blasian (black- asian) families on YouTube. One of the last videos I watched before turning in for the night was this one by skycedi. His video description starts with:

“What is it like being part of a Blasian family? I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a culturally diverse household, with a Korean mother and Black father. Being a biracial kid growing up had it’s challenges, but has been very rewarding. Get a closer look at how I grew up from birth until now.”

This video is a lovely homage to family and roots. I haven’t watched his other videos yet (and there are quite a lot), so I don’t even know if he experiences feelings of rootlessness. However, I’m glad to see someone thanking their elders for the unique experience that is being bi- or multiracial, as well as a TCK.



Independent Vloggers: Third Culture Kids HK

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Huzzah, I found a network, an entire channel of videos made by TCKs in Hong Kong!  Here is their intro video.

These guys sure look like their having fun together. It makes me just a tad bit jealous because there are no TCK gatherings in my area. So, while it will take me a while to get through all the videos from their channel (by that, I mean watching the videos AND writing reviews for them… on second thought, maybe I won’t do that much), I’m going to share the first video I randomly selected to watch.

This video is called the 5 Second Rule Challenge, and it’s a quick game challenge video between TCK friends. The game, as explained in the video, comes from the Ellen Degeneres Show. Players have  five seconds to name a specific number of things in a given category. I like this video a lot simply because it shows TCKs having fun and doing normal things together. The answers they gave for categories also reflect their backgrounds.

Due to the language, I would recommend teens and above to watch this. If you watch their other videos and like what they’ve done, be sure to let me know. Be sure to let them know, too!

Film Trailers: Jihua Hu

Hi there! Heres a film debut interview that came out back in 2012. The movie is titled, “Third Culture Kid,” and is both directed and produced by Jihua Hu. Now, I don’t speak Chinese, so I won’t be able to tell you much about this film. Instead, I will share with you a synopsis that I found on this Facebook page.

“It tells a story of a Chinese family that move to Canada through skilled worker immigration program in the year 2000. The film portrays a rebellious teenager who has a conflicting relationship with his father. The clash between traditional Chinese culture and western influences deepens the major conflict between them.”

As also stated on the Facebook page, the film premiered in Canada at several locations via live streaming on the Canadian Chinese WOWtv Network. You can watch the film trailer here on Vimeo, and I will share with you the 10 minute interview video below. Warning, the trailer has explicit scenes. Still, the movie definitely looks worth watching. Time for me to learn Chinese (or find some subtitles)!

Independent Vloggers: Alicia Gunderson (2)

Hi there!

Here’s another video from Alicia Gunderson that really stood out for me.

This video focuses on some of the struggles faced during repatriation. Gunderson interviews five people who have moved back to the USA after spending a significant amount of time abroad. You may recognize some of them from her other video that I shared. They discuss their transition experiences, the difficulties and surprises involved, and knowledge gained after moving back.

As with her other video that I shared, I’m grateful that there were so many people in this video. I think it’s important to mention that the experiences and opinions were varied. When TCKs consider their own experiences and research the experiences of others, there might be a tendency to think we will all go through the same thing. The TCK lifestyle connects us, but we are still unique individuals. Also, most of the videos I find are about defining the idea of a TCK, and discussions about repatriation are sometimes very brief. I hope that more TCKs will gather to discuss and film more specific issues like this.

Thanks to Katie, Rachael, Matosh, Makayla, and Amy Becker for sharing their stories in this video. (Forgive me if I misspelled any names, as they weren’t listed in the video description). There is a lot of great advice at the end of this video!

Independent Vloggers: Ilhan Kirci

Hi there!

Today I want to share this video with you from Ilhan and Elina. As stated in the video, the key word is “vulnerability.”

Ilhan asks Elina to talk about the struggles and benefits of being a TCK.

Elina was born to Dutch parents, and has lived in the Dominican Republic, Qatar, Houston, Texas (USA), England, Saudi Arabia, and The Netherlands. This video covers a lot of different scenarios and experiences from her life, but she especially focuses on her teenage and young adult years.

As a child, saying goodbye to friends wasn’t that difficult because she enjoyed the adventure of meeting new people and seeing a new place. She says the school was the most influential place to interact with culture. She goes on to explain that expat life is very protective, and that fact made living on her own at 18 a great challenge.

Despite many challenges in her young adulthood, she’s learned to let go of the problems that bother her and accept cultural differences as they come. Elina mentions a quote, “The building of walls is ignorance. It’s the strategy of the loser.” For her it means, rather than build walls around yourself when you don’t understand something or someone, try to embrace it instead and see what you can learn from them.

I want to say that Ilhan really helped to facilitate the discussion because of his enthusiasm with the topic. This video is a little difficult to hear at times because of the various background noises. There is also some profanity used once near the end of the video. Still, I encourage you to watch it!

Independent Vloggers: Alicia Gunderson

Hi there!

There are so many more videos that I’ve found for and about Third Culture Kids, and I’m oh-so-slowly but surely adding them. Here’s my latest pick from Alicia Gunderson, entitled, “TCKs Talk Home and Belonging.”

Here’s a quick and nicely done interview video. I love these kinds of videos because they often capture a variety of opinions. While we often share the same sentiments about our lifestyles, just as common is the different wisdom we gain through our lifestyles. Gunderson’s video features six interviewees (Joseph, Rachel, Sara, Sara (there are two), Rachel, Katie), and captures their interesting perspectives.

Interviewees are asked the following questions:
How many homes have you lived in?
Where are you from?
Where do you consider home?
Where do you fit in best?
How has your sense of home changed over the years?

Actually, I’m not sure about the other interviewees, but one mentioned that she was a missionary kid (MK), so I get the impression that this video features different kinds of TCKs, which is always great!

It seems that Gunderson has made several videos about TCKs and expatriate life. I will be sure to post about them later on. If you’d like to get a headstart, you can check out her YouTube channel.

Documentary: BANANA

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Today I’m sharing a documentary focusing on Hong Kong Chinese people who have been raised abroad. Vanessa Ma put together a really interesting tale of Chinese Third Culture Kids with the help of her family members and friends.

Ma’s narration leads us into several discussions about the lifestyle she and her interviewees share. Most of them have grown up in the UK, but some have grown up in Toronto. They all talk about all the various labels they were given while growing up. Her brother shares his story about needing a visa to return to Hong Kong, while Vanessa does not.

They consider some of the struggles caused by not being able to read or write in Chinese, like trying to read a menu or wanting to read poetry books. They also discuss efforts to find common interests with peers in Hong Kong. One person says that even the places she might choose to hang out might seem strange to her peers in Hong Kong.

While not everyone was asked, we do get a confirmation that growing up bi-culturally is something to appreciate. Ma states, “…we are the product of a global phenomenon…and the result: Third Culture Kids.”



Independent Vloggers: Sofía Skrie

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Today’s post is exciting for me because of one very simple thing this vlogger is trying to do: create Third Culture Kid  media for Spanish speakers. While I have tried to feature information from people all over the world, I haven’t featured many bi- and multilingual videos. There’s got to be hundreds of videos out there! Thousands!

Our vlogger today is Sofía Skrie. Her interviews feature a challenge at the very end. I like her use of challenges and games because they offer a chance for the interviewees to show off a bit more of their personalities during these short videos.

This episode’s challenge is Chubby Bunny. If you’ve never heard of this game before, this might be something you want to try even without an opponent! Stuff marshmallows into your mouth one at a time, and be sure to say “chubby bunny” before putting the next one in! The winner keeps all the marshmallows in his/her mouth while being able to say “chubby bunny.” 

Skrie hopes to make more CTC (Chicos de Tercera Cultura) videos for Spanish-speaking audiences. She is just starting out, but I look forward to her progress. I will certainly look out for more TCK-related videos in other languages (though, my language barrier may prevent me from giving detailed reviews). Be sure to check out her other videos, or make your own and share them with her! (Share them with me, too)!

TEDX: Being Culturally Homeless

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While there are still a ton of independent vloggers I’d like to introduce you to, I thought it’d be nice to mix things up a little bit. I’ve been looking at TED Talks focusing on cross-cultural issues lately, and there are a few I plan to share with you. Today’s Talk comes from TEDxYouth@BIS (Bonn International School), and our speaker is Crystal Singh.

Singh focuses on experiences as a teenage TCK. She breaks down the TCK lifestyle and general attributes, and then delves into problems that usually arise because of said lifestyle. Singh explains, “It’s a very different life, and not many people understand this kind of situation,” and while some TCKS are extremely comfortable “resetting” wherever they go, others might develop inhibitions.

Fortunately, Singh found something encouraging in her lifestyle. “Raise your hand if some of your greatest experiences were outside of your home country,” she tells the crowd. For Singh, her memories and pictures from around the world give her a great sense of pride. Her experiences abroad are worth more than worries about fitting back home with friends who might not understand. She further reminds us that though a TCK lifestyle isn’t the usual kind, it’s also not a bad thing.

As an end note, the country tags for this post are based on the information provided in the video’s description on YouTube, which states that Singh has resided in the USA, Germany, and Singapore.