• ChrisML

    Johnny, I’m really glad that you’re writing these blog posts about TCKs, but I would just caution you to be careful in the way you characterize Asian Americans. In particular, I was bothered by the tone of this line — “A lot of Asian Americans can feel like they need to prove their worth and why they must be accepted, some even dropping what they feel is “too Asian” in order to be “more American” like it were a wardrobe to be worn and discarded for the occasion.” I sense in your tone you’re making a normative judgment about Asian American concerns, but conversations about identity and belonging among Asian Americans are a lot more complex than the way you describe them. Overall, I’m really glad that you’re out there writing about TCKs, but I don’t think it’s necessary to use Asian Americans as a foil in your writing.

  • An interesting perspective I never considered…thanks for sharing your story.

  • yu888

    @ChrisML Given the site that this piece is published on, and given the perspective closest to the hearts of most readers here, using an Asian American experience as its comparison is valid. While i agree that perhaps other experiences would be equally as valid, the author’s ethnicity means he is most often compared to Asian Americans, and sadly, I tend to agree than many of us do experience the identity issues he mentions. And while some may not have any of those insecurities he points out, and may feel alienated by those generalizations, his use of those comparisons actually makes sense to me as a perspective point.

  • ChrisML

    @yu888 I do see the utility of comparing the TCK experience with Asian Americans, but there’s little utility in comparing TCKs with a caricature of Asian Americans. The thrust of my comment was that the portrayal of Asian Americans in this post is incomplete at best and unfair at worst. Articulating what it means to be a TCK does not require belittling the concerns of those of us who didn’t grow up as internationally mobile.

  • rahadyant

    Thanks for this perspective!

  • johnklin

    Interesting – your experience reminds me of a lot of college friends and classmates I knew while living at the International Living Center in college – especially my friend who was half-British and half-Japanese who had lived in both countries and had attended an international school, as well as a Japanese woman who was the daughter of a diplomat who answered when I asked where she was from said, “That is complicated,” as she had lived everywhere except in Japan.

  • min

    i think one difference between TCK and American Born Asian is TCK value their US citizenships a lot more than ABA’s…

  • min

    at least the ones that want to stay here… unlike the OP

  • mwei

    @yu888 @ChrisML it’s a balance of width vs depth. as somebody who never lived in any place for more than 5 years all my life, I can sort of relate to the feeling of not being tied down to any place.

    however, simplistically saying Asian-Americans are this or that simply dismisses the article itself as lacking any real comprehension of what it is to yet again being asked “Do you speak English?” the other day for me just chilling out at a cafe.

    rather than thinking it’s a “melting pot” like from 20 years ago, people need to think of it as a “toss salad”

  • John’JohnnyC’Chuidian

    Salutations, I don’t mean to offend, but this is the average of what I know from my own personal experience the past 9 years in the U.S. Granted, it works with the comparison I was making, but I am in no way trying to offend or present as fact that all Asian-Americans are likes this in my example. It’s hard to make a good basis for everyone, but again, I’m just drawing from my experience as both an outsider and an incidental member of the Asian-American community.

  • EmilyNakanoCo

    Suzie and I are TCKs! WHOOT!

  • Mark Bantigue

    This is a solid article on multiple-culture people, Johnny. I ask permission to feature it on P3.

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  • John’JohnnyC’Chuidian

    Hey Mark, thank you for the praise, and I’m flattered that you want to re-publish it! Please send me an e-mail so we can talk about it before finalizing this! @Mark [email protected]

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  • I love this article! I’m Australian, have been living in China 7.5 years, and working with TCKs here in Beijing for 6 years. This is a great window into the TCK experience and mindset.

  • John’JohnnyC’Chuidian

    @tanya.maree Thank you for your kind words, Tanya. This isn’t meant to speak for all TCKs or Asian Americans, but there are definitely some parallels in my experience that my friends and other TCKs can relate to. If you’d like some more TCK articles, check out my blog projects: heyitsjohnnyc.wordpress.com and johnnycrockstheplanet.wordpress.org. Cheers!

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