Three things TCKs taught me not to take for granted

If you know international students or have friends who are third culture kids (TCKs), you know you can’t take anything for granted—not the terms or phrases you use, not your understanding of geographical knowledge and especially not your time spent together. Language. Catchphrases are cultural, so you may have to ask questions about what an…

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Platonic Valentines are the best kind

“Are you okay?” Class has ended for the day, and I’m walking past the library toward my house when I see one of my best friends travelling in the opposite direction. I pause to greet him, white snow shining in the peripheral and wet asphalt beneath my boots.  In an instant he reads my eyes and…

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The Bus Fight

Denver, Summer 2014. White man on a bus. Black youth—my age—as well. Fight. Words, words of hate. “N*****,” they both called each other. I’d never seen anything like it; I’d never seen such hate. The white man wouldn’t listen, Wouldn’t heed a word. I wanted to tell the black man that he wouldn’t make any progress,…

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