[We are Third Culture Kids] 【我們是第三文化小孩】

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[We are Third Culture Kids]

By: Hanna Suchanya LIM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

Image: http://www.mariamicha.com.sg

 

“So, where are you from?”

 

We were born in one country but grew up in another. Or maybe we have lived in many. Moving countries as frequently as the seasons change. The blood pumping in our veins is a concoction of culture. Our parents may be mixtures themselves, making our composition even more complex and vibrant. Together we exist as a pool of people that are different pieces to one puzzle. We are threads of contrasting colours, when weaved together, we form part of the same tapestry.

 

We live in a world with no limitations. Time differences do not exist – a person under the sun can easily communicate with a person under the moon. With experience, the language barrier crumbles and our unique accents sound like no-one and everyone at the same time.

 

Constantly moving has our lives up in the air. We hold our breaths; attempting to suspend time, reluctant to start all over again. Our memories are measured by the stamps on our passports. Physical location does not make a place ‘home’, it is the relationships formed within them.

 

We are from a world where “Hello” comes in all shapes and sizes; a world drowning in salty tears from the inevitable “Goodbye”.

 

We are from nowhere and everywhere. We are Third Culture Kids.

 

 

我們是第三文化小孩

文: Hanna Suchanya LIM (李兆基堂)

譯: 周恩澤 (李兆基堂)

圖: http://www.mariamicha.com.sg

 

「那麼,你來自哪裡?」

 

我們出生在一個國家但在另外一個國家長大,又或者我們曾在許多國家生活過,隨著季節的流轉穿梭在各個國家之間。奔流在我們體內的血液是一種文化的混合產物。我們的父母可能本身文化背景已經很不一樣,這使得我們的身份構成更加複雜多樣。我們一起組合成為一個「迷宮」,我們之中的每一個都是其中的一小片。我們是顏色各不相同的線,當我們交織在一起的時候,我們成為同樣的一塊壁毯。

 

我們生活在一個沒有限制的世界。時間差別(障礙)不復存在-一個處在白天的人可以毫不費力地與處在夜晚的人交流。隨著經驗的積累,語言障礙也慢慢被破除,我們獨特的口音不像任何人但同時也像是所有人。

 

經常性的搬遷讓我們的生活好像高處雲端。我們屏住呼吸,想要停留住時間,不願意每一次都從頭開始。衡量我們記憶的是蓋在護照本上一個有一個的印章。物理上的地點不會使一個地方成為「家」。家之為家,在於家庭之中形成的聯繫。

 

我們來自一個有著連說「你好」都可以有不同語言的世界;一個因為無可避免的別離而留下眼淚的世界。

 

我們不來自任何地方,也來自所有地方。我們是第三文化小孩。

 

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