about third culture chic | NINA

We shall never cease from exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot
  (Photo:  Derrick Ong )

(Photo: Derrick Ong)

Growing up with corporate parents, I spent my life moving every few years, shuttling between six countries in four continents. As a Hakka Chinese, I guess you could say being a nomad is in my blood. Hakka translates to "guest families" or "guest people" due to the clan's migratory history. 

Generation after generation, my family has moved to different parts of the world, and my siblings and I have also found significant others who are equally nomadic. Friends and family often comment that a reunion is similar to a UN convention, which makes for interesting dinner conversations (or debates).  

Most recently, I relocated to North Carolina after spending years in between LA, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. After a career pause to focus on my family and help manage two international moves in a year, I'm excited to settle in our new home, and explore all that Raleigh has to offer.

I created this blog - previously named Anything et Everything - as a creative outlet in between wedding planning and job hunting while based in London. It is where I share my thoughts and things that inspire me as I adapt to the changes in my personal and professional life, and the ever-evolving circumstances of my third culture life.

I'm always happy to hear from you so please reach out if you have any questions, or would like to share your thoughts and experiences. Thanks so much for stopping by and following along.


xo, Nina

PS.   If you'd like a little more insight into TCKs, this is a great read. Also, a film about Third Culture Kid Identity by a fellow high school alumni.