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  • So I just wanted to take this moment and talk about something that I've been thinking a lot more about recently.

  • As a whole, as the world becomes much more of a global place.

  • This feeling is increasingly common amongst people. So I just like to talk about my experience being...

  • from a dual national family having parents from two different countries, two different cultures.

  • And how that has affected me as a person and me growing up.

  • So I wouldn't consider myself a third culture kid.

  • Although there are aspects of that that I do relate to quite strongly.

  • And I'm sure some of you guys are probably third culture kids and I'll just read the definition out loud real quick.

  • So third culture kids are people who have spent a portion of their formative childhood years,

  • around zero to 18, in a culture different from their parent.

  • But as some of you probably know my dad is Finnish and my mom is American. Now I spent pretty much all of my formative childhood in Finland.

  • And if you were to ask me

  • "Katya,

  • Where are you from?" My answer would be Finland. Automatic.

  • No questions asked. But on the other hand if someone asked me "Are you American?"

  • I would say "Well... yeah, of course I'm American." That's just the most outer layer of it. I say I'm Finnish.

  • I say I'm American, but what do I actually feel cuz that's just like holding a passport. Yeah, I'm from that country book.

  • Am I really from that country? And that's where the confusion starts to form, for me at least.

  • Because sometimes I feel like I'm from neither of them. And of course now I'm living in a third culture from those two.

  • I'm living in the UK Scotland. So now I have that add it in the mixed. Of course. I don't feel like I'm British.

  • I don't feel like I'm from Scotland for obvious reasons, but there are times I don't feel either Finnish or American.

  • So I just kind of wanted to take this time to kind of explore my feelings about this

  • and maybe some of you guys can share your own experiences in the comments.

  • So yeah, as I said if someone were to ask me where am I from.

  • Like here obviously coming to university one of the first questions everyone asks you is "So where are you from?" and I say, Finland.

  • I'm Finnish. I speak Finnish.

  • I'm from Finland, but then I have grown up in an environment

  • where I do have a lot of American influences. My accent for one is clearly American.

  • My worldview has been shaped by my mom as well.

  • I've gone to the States pretty much every year of my life.

  • I have family there, but I don't quite feel American if that makes any sense.

  • But then again, I don't quite feel Finnish either like I'm kind of hovering in this weird middle place

  • where I feel like I don't quite belong completely in either culture.

  • So it's ... it's hard to explain.

  • So... let's take Finland for example, so I was born in Finland. I've lived in Finland until I was 20 years old.

  • You know, so I grew up there.

  • I speak the language.

  • I...

  • I am a Finnish citizen.

  • I should probably feel Finnish and I do. It's the country I identify with strongest.

  • And if I think of a country that I would consider home,

  • Finland would be that place.

  • When I think of home, I think of my parent's house in Finland.

  • However, when I compare myself to other Finnish people that have been born and raised in Finland as well but don't have as much of an international background as me.

  • I don't feel like I quite fit in when I hang out with Finnish people that are 100% Finnish.

  • I feel like there's a lot of stuff that we don't particularly have in common and...

  • And just as a whole, as I think a big part of it was I went to international school since I was 7 years old.

  • So I was kind of in a bubble within Finland in an international bubble. Of course, I did hobbies and I interacted with outside of the bubble.

  • But the bubble really made me not integrate with other Finnish people as much as, you know, probably would be ideal to feel 100% Finnish

  • And through that most of my friends are from an international background.

  • You know, that feeling where you just ... you feel like... I feel like I'm Finnish,

  • but I feel like I'm not Finnish enough sometime. You know, I'm too European to be American.

  • So for some things for example, behavior.

  • I don't behave like a typical Finnish person. I of course I have traits like ... like being more of an introvert,

  • I follow Finnish customs more than I would follow American customs.

  • Because you know, I was brought up in Finland, like just these kinds of umbrella terms that people associate with Finnish people.

  • I have more of these traits than I do have like American... "American" stereotypical traits.

  • But then when you compare me to an average Finnish person, I don't really behave like them either.

  • Or when you compare me to an average American person... I don't know,

  • this is like super super vague because of course there's all sorts of people in both countries.

  • But as like a general rule like...

  • I don't really behave exactly like either of them. Because of course when I'm in Finland

  • I have all these American influences that I've had that

  • shapes me to be a bit different from the typical Finnish kid.

  • And then in America, of course I've had my Finnish upbringing and all the Finnish influences

  • so that my perspective is a bit different.

  • And of course like in America you have all sorts of cultures coming together

  • and it's a whole racial mixture of different folk from all over the world.

  • But just in general, at least like where my mom's family lives and it's quite...

  • People don't really leave their city too much or the country for that matter.

  • So of course, I stick out as the "Finnish person" and...

  • So then sometimes it just feels like wherever I am, I'm kind of the "foreigner".

  • So in America, I'm seen as the "Finnish kid" ,the foreigner ,which you know I am.

  • And in Finland, I'm seen as "the American" because I'm not completely Finnish,

  • So I'm right away seen as "the foreigner" there, too.

  • So it kind of feels like... and of course here in the UK as well. I'm clearly a foreigner.

  • So sometimes it just feels like wherever I am I don't quite fit in

  • and I'm always kind of on the outside not really a part of that country.

  • But you know, I don't really mind.

  • That's why I guess I kind of gravitate towards other international students and people who have quite similar backgrounds as me.

  • Maybe they did haven't lived in one particular country their whole life.

  • But maybe they've moved around or maybe they went to international school as well.

  • I feel like we have a lot of things in common, but then on the other hand

  • I would never change this experience for anything.

  • I really love having the opportunity

  • and to have the chance to be a part of different countries and different cultures.

  • And I'm really really happy that my life is the way it is.

  • Like I really really appreciate that

  • I can experience both the American life and I can experience also the Finnish life and now I'm experiencing the British life.

  • And I'm feeling really grateful and thankful that I've been life's handed me these opportunities and experiences to me.

  • So I would never ever change that to the world.

  • But sometimes, you know, especially if, you know, a certain instance happens

  • then it really hits you that...

  • wow even though I'm Finnish, I'm not Finnish enough.

  • Or, wow I'm always gonna be a bit of a foreigner in my own country, you know what I mean?

  • So yeah, that's just a little thought I had.

  • But yeah and it is true when I really learned to appreciate Finland a lot more when I moved away.

  • That when I'm on an airplane going back to Finland,

  • I do feel like I'm going home when I land in Finland, I get off the plane, I'm in the airport.

  • I just feel real settled and it feels real homey to me. I'm like, ah, I'm finally home, I'm in Finland, love life.

  • But yeah, I don't really know where I was going with this video.

  • It's... I'm sure it was one big mess, and I'm sorry about that.

  • My thoughts on this topic are real muddled and no matter how much I was trying to sift through them beforehand it still kind of ended up a mess.

  • But yeah, if you have any similar stories to share, please comment them down below.

  • Maybe we have something in common. So yeah, I guess that just about concludes this video so until next time.

So I just wanted to take this moment and talk about something that I've been thinking a lot more about recently.

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二重国籍のジレンマ:故郷はどこ?(第3回カルチャーキッド?) (Dual Citizenship Dilemma: Where Is Home?! (3rd Culture Kid??))

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