Exploring TCK Bigotry 

by Marilyn Gardner

Full disclaimer: In this area, among sinners I am chief. Our life circumstances have gifted us with many things—a love of travel, flexibility, a strong identification with others who have lived abroad for extended periods of time, and a world view that extends miles, nations, and borders past our passport countries. But along with that we struggle with being invisible immigrants—people who look like those who surround them but think so differently that they feel like chickens in the midst of humans, or aliens in the midst of natives. We are those who feel “other.” We don’t know the rules and make massive mistakes in our passport countries. We can be arrogant about what we know and insecure about what we don’t know. We are the only ones without a license, without a sense of fashion, without the common language of idioms and pop culture.

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