“I’m not from a Place: I’m from People”: Elizabeth Liang on Creativity and being a Third Culture Kid
Third Culture Kids (TCKs) or Global Nomads are people who grew up as the children of expats. Elizabeth Liang eloquently desbcribes how she learned to find belonging in people, not places, what impact a lifetime of travelling had on her creativity and how feeling like an outsider has meant she is careful to never to disrespect other cultures. Listen as Elizabeth describes why TCKs weep with recognition when they watch her show, while those from multi-cultural backgrounds laugh their heads off.
The term ‘Third Culture Kid’ was coined by Ruth Useem and developed by Ruth van Reken and David Pollock (not Michael Pollock as Elizabeth mentioned in the interview).
Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang was raised in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Egypt, Connecticut, and Morocco as a Guatemalan-American ‘business brat’ of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent. She is an actress who works on stage, television and film. Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, Elizabeth’s autobiographical show