At times we tend to bite our tongues and smile through, finding that easier than having to deal with the questions and answers people pose . Combating ignorance has nothing to do with where you live but how you view the world.

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Here are some of the stupidest questions TCK’s get asked when going ” Home”.

” Do they have roads in X country?”

”  Does everyone live in the jungle?”

” Do people eat with their hands:”

” It’s really dangerous there, isn’t it?” ( this is made in a rhetorical obvious tone)

” How can you stand the heat there”

And, when going back to X country you are faced with several questions such as :

” How come your not blonde and blue eyed like all other americans?”

” It’s o.k. you have a lot of money anyways, I mean all Americans have money.”.

Ignorance is something that pervades every corner of the earth. We are given images of how countries are based on superstitions, taboos and limited view of the media. Case in point  : At times mainstream media tends to show the worst parts of a ” Third world” country , the dirtiest, most garbage ridden part.  And americans tend to e portrayed as having an idealized , rich and worry free life : The American Dream

All of these are lies of course based purely on our own misguided misconceptions. TCK kids have the advantage that they are always the outsider, and find themselves constantly defending other countries, places and people.

At times we tend to bite our tongues and smile through, finding that easier than having to deal with the questions and answers people pose .  Combating ignorance has nothing to do with where you live but how you view the world.

3 thoughts on “

  1. stereotypes are “easier” but they don’t carry the whole truth. i think the most frustrating thing about living between worlds is that you are combating stereotypes on both sides.

  2. I read this entry and thought “how true!” I grew up as a TCK and still now as an adult I am a TCK. I recently started a blog on being a TCK, and reading several of your entries I really feel my thoughts and sentiments echoed in your words. It feels nice to read something from people who really understand how it feels to be a TCK! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings!

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