Alla has an interesting life story as she moved with her family from Russia to Namibia then New Zealand. She shared her experience with us.
This is a video interview I did with photographer John Lake on 20th of July, as part of the Third Culture Kid Project.
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.