In July 2015, an International Friendship Day was held at Victoria University of Wellington. This was organised by the Victoria University International Student Association, and a number of cultural clubs contributing to the event by showcasing their culture through food and performance.
Our third culture kid in New Zealand project continues...
Q: What culture or cultures do you associate yourself with?
A: I consider myself multi cultured or no culture. Though I was born in Dunedin, my Father is Scotch Canadian, my Mother Hungarian, my half Sister Italian/Hungarian, my Brother Kiwi and Canadian. Until 8 I was fostered intermittently by a Hungarian Jewish couple and from 8-13 until I moved to Australia while I lived in Auckland I would go home to my best friend’s house who was from Hong Kong, until late at night. We moved to Australia and lived there for 4 and a half years. At 17 I left to travel Europe and work. All my life I have been travelling around. To help in this I have three citizenships – NZ, EU and Canada. I view these not as points of pride or self identification, but rather as assets.
New Zealand is the home of many “third culture kids”.
The term “Third Culture Kid” or TCK was developed by researcher Ruth Useem who used it to describe children or adults who “were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ for a significant part of their development years”. And as a result, they do not identify themselves with one single particular culture, they also able to speak multiple languages and “culturally homeless”.
NZCFS Youth wants to find out who they are, and why they chose New Zealand as their home.
The New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) focuses on creating connections between New Zealand and China. One way to do this is to showcase our experiences in both countries, and to show what these places have to offer. Under the travel section, we will write short articles about special places in New Zealand and China, so you can learn more and hopefully plan a trip to these places in the near future.
One main tourist attraction in New Zealand is the Tongariro National Park, which three active volcanic mountains, Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If you would like to read more about my university research trip here, please click read more.