“Ash, you’re brave…I don’t know how I could do that”

No, I’m not. Millions of people around the world do this.

A landed immigrant who becomes a naturalized citizen. When most Canadians hear that, there is a warmth in the response — regardless of how politicized a topic immigration can get. It can be disarming, especially when the initial impression leads to a “wow, you didn’t grow up here?”. In my last article, I mentioned that I was lucky to grow up in places like Dubai, Singapore & Toronto (where I’ve spent most of my life) — where a mosaic…

“What’s your background?”. That’s a loaded question, bud.

I’m a proud third culture kid.

It has taken me a while to fully appreciate what that means. At first, I imagined it was a sort of luxury and a privilege, based on how much of the world I was able to see — but its way beyond how many flights you’ve been on and hotels that you’ve lounged in. Third culture mentality is a mind set that can help us all at a time like this.

We aren’t some cult where everyone has similar tribal tattoos, we don’t nod our heads…

Ashish Garga

A third culture kid perpetually journeying

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