Third Culture Kid

The DBCs of Making A Global Impact In Today's World by Tayo Rockson

“Traveling the world is one of the greatest things you can ever do for yourself. It will shatter all illusions, stereotypes, and notions you have of the world and the people in it. You will unlearn, learn, and relearn things you will never discover through a book, a classroom, or a degree. It will humble you, shake you, wake you up. It will seep into your pores and find its way to your heart, and it will find it fast. The veil over your vision will come off and you will experience things that fringe over magic. And you will never ever be the same again in the best way possible. So do yourself a favor, and just buy that d**n plane ticket.” ~ Satori

By the age of 17, I had lived in five different countries and four different continents. Several words even though they sound the same mean two different things and invoke two different emotions. You know them?

Chips...

Football...

My point is I’m a minority everywhere I go even in my passport country but when faced with the option of celebrating my difference or conforming to what was considered the norm, I chose to celebrate my difference and I haven't looked back since.

You see growing up everywhere the way I did, I initially had an identity crisis. You know. Who am I?

Why am I not like them?

Why is my accent different?

But I came to realize that there is true beauty in our world. I also came to realize that even though the world is full of differences, many of us use these differences to drive people apart. With this realization, all of a sudden I had a sense of purpose. I saw my identity crisis as a gift. I saw my difference as an opportunity to show the world that there is beauty in having the mindset of a nomad. Not only in the way it opens our minds but also in the perspectives it gives us.

Many of today’s world’s problems today are caused because of people’s unwillingness to accept change whether it’s race, religion or ethnic background. Why can’t we use OUR DIFFERENCES to make a DIFFERENCE."

I believe there are 3 ways we can do this. It’s what I like to call the DBC. Read more here.

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Working Across Continents with Alex G Lee

Alex is PMP certified Project Manager, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this, Alex was stationed in Dubai for several years working on different projects, including projects for the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. When he’s not managing projects, he speaks about intercultural management. He spends a lot of his time on the road, and many weekends in Seattle, Portland and in between. Growing up in 8 countries, across 4 continents, he’s no stranger to travel. After all, he was already a mileage millionaire before turning 9 and spent some of his formative years with the princes. He’s been to Iran, North Korea and his motto is “no country too far, or border too closed”.

To capture his adventures, Alex enjoys photography and videography. His work has been featured alongside the NY Times and other outlets around the world. On the side, he sells prints of his work and takes the proceeds to purchase gifts for children on his next adventure. To get a hold of Alex, you can check out his website ageoffreylee.com

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Episode 12 with Brittani Sonnenberg: Home Leave

Image by Alex Trebus

Image by Alex Trebus

Brittani Sonnenberg is the author of the novel Home Leave, published by Grand Central in the US, Arche Verlag in Germany, and AST in Russia. Sonnenberg has an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Berlin, where she is a frequent contributor to Berlin Stories on NPR. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong. Her award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, anthologized in the O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and received distinguished story recognition by Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published by Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. She studied English literature with a citation in Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. She was a European Journalism Fellow at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 2009-2010 and served as the editor of the American Academy’s Berlin Journal from 2011-2013. 

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Tales From Germany, England, NYC & Hollywood with Sheila Scott Wilkinson

I really enjoyed this episode with Shiela! It was like story time for me hearing her recount all her experiences. Shiela Scott-Wilkinson is the Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director of Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First (TOHYF), where she oversees day-to-day operations.

Prior to her work with Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, Scott-Wilkinson studied and worked in Europe, where she became an acclaimed actress of the stage and screen. Scott-Wilkinson completed training at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music in Frankfurt, Germany, and the London Drama Center, England. While in Europe, Scott-Wilkinson starred in numerous stage productions at the famed National Theater of London, such as David Hare’s Map Of The World. Scott-Wilkinson also starred in a number of productions in theatres throughout England, such as London’s Royal Court Theater, the Welsh National Theater, the Liverpool Playhouse, the Theater Royal in Windsor, and many theatres throughout the West End of London. Scott-Wilkinson starred in Peter Nichols’ The National Health, a feature film shot for Columbia Pictures. She starred in three television series: Diamond Crack Diamond (London Weekend Company), Special Branch, and Marked Personal (Thames T.V.). She received the Best Actress award by the Jamaican International Film Festival in 1977 for her role in Pressure, the first black feature film shot in England for the British Film Institute. She received two DramaLogue Critics Awards for her work as an actress in The Book Of The Crazy and Jack Jackson’s Piano Bar, performed at the Skylight Theater, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Cultural Center. Scott-Wilkinson is regarded as one of the major talents of British and American theater, and her work is mentioned in Michael Billing’s The Modern Actor and Katherine Worth’s Revolutions In The Modern English Drama and At The Royal Court: 25 Years Of The English Stage Company.

Highly concerned with social issues, Scott-Wilkinson was actively involved in fundraising for the Royal National Institute for the Blind between projects in England. Later, after returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles, Scott-Wilkinson’s professional interests turned to the community, particularly regarding youth arts education. She served as a Program Coordinator for Artsreach from 1987-1998 where she taught, designed, developed, and implemented arts programming for Arts-in-Correction and for incarcerated youth at Nelles School for Boys. In response to the severe civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, she established the Youth First Artist-In-Residence Program to prevent and intervene in youth-on-youth violence. In 1995, for her innovative city- and county-wide program design, Scott-Wilkinson received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, and a State of California Resolution. In 1997 she was awarded a Fellowship by the Eureka Foundation. Scott-Wilkinson was a three-year recipient of a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence individual grant to teach theater at the William Grant Still’s Arts Center for youth ages 9-16. Scott-Wilkinson participates on the initial Steering Committee for Arts for All, the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Community Arts Team. Most recently, Scott Wilkinson was invited to participate in the Los Angeles Arts Commission Arts Leadership Initiative, the Executive Learning Group. She continues to pursue her passion for Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, which has served over 93,000 youth to date and is one of the most successful youth arts education organizations in Los Angeles.

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