So a few important things:
- I’m an Adult Third Culture Kid. This means that I’ve spent my childhood as an expatriate, went to an international school and am therefore the product of a wide variety of cultural upbringing. My family is Vietnamese, I was born in Texas, I grew up in Indonesia, attended a British school, finished university in Switzerland and have travelled a lot. The map signifies red for the countries I’ve lived in, blue for the countries I’ve been to.
- As a result, my passion is generally for international politics and world history. It’s a career I’m working towards, so that’s my thing. My strongest area is European history, but have also gone into some depth in Russian and Chinese history. I’ve dabbled for interest in South East Asia, America and Arabic, the latter only superficially.
- I happen to follow a lot of American politics bloggers. My view of US politics tends to be liberal though I consider myself a moderate. My view of global politics strays a lot more to the middle. Left in America is not the same as left globally.
- I’m also a geek who likes certain things. I try not to let it roll over that much to my Tumblr, but from time to time I will post about books, TV series or movies that I have recently experienced.
- I consider myself to have a globalist/internationalist point of view on things. Honestly, I’m still working out what that means, but let’s just say I am always aware of the big wide world because it’s an intrinsic part of me.
- I’ve travelled a lot. Sometimes I like to share it. Fun pictures from Europe, Asia and America.
- My URL, “uncdan,” comes from an old nickname “uncle Dan.” This came from my time spent on the tck forums on Facebook, when us third culture kids were all just connecting on Facebook. It was a new time for all of us to discover we weren’t alone and the community was really engaging and active. I responded in ways people found insightful and helpful somehow, and I sounded older than I was. Hence the joke of calling me uncle. This is in tandem to the Asian tendency to address older men with “uncle” as an honorific. So yeah, “unc” isn’t an initialism, it’s an abbreviation.
I love meeting people, so feel free to hit my ask!