Residing and Abiding

Finding Ourselves at Home in a Vibrant Vietnam

Third Culture Kids

by Grace Ong |

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Grace ONG, TCK at large in the World

Uniquely You, Uniquely Them, Uniquely a TCK

TCK's (Third Culture Kids) lead a challenging, but unique life. Many people try to understand what it’s like to be one, but only TCK's themselves can fully understand and explain it. TCK's are special, they’re different, they’re unique, but they’re life isn’t as easy as you think. I am one myself, and I have lived in three very different countries, Singapore, Vietnam, and America. So here’s what a TCK is, what a TCK’s life is like, and my brief background on being a TCK.

Express Your Soul: Time for Tea

by Michael Ong |

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the new home Café Tea Talk in Hanoi

What started as an academic exercise in American classroom is now becoming a reality at a Vietnamese coffee shop. Café Tea Talk is now just one-month away from its opening in Hanoi, Vietnam. Once open, Tea Talk will serve delicious and healthy homemade breakfast, lunch, desserts and afternoon tea while at the same time employing social workers at the café to offer culturally-relevant and effective psychosocial services to the local community. Curious? Read on to learn more of this innovative expression of service.

The Journey of Third Culture Children

by Michael & Jacqueline Ong |

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Grace with Hmong Children

What do Keanu Reeves, Pearl Buck, Madeline Albright, John Kerry, Christiane Amanpour, and Barak Obama have in common? Yes, they are all famous people, leaders in their own field, but that is only the superficial answer. Read on to learn more ...

The Triangle Conversation

by Presley & Mary McFadden |

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Sometimes we try to take short-cuts in our language learning. Ironically, the short-cut I tried to take in regards to LISTENING throughout my first stay in Vietnam turned out to be the long way - and the wrong way! I'm looking to remedy that with new approaches to language learning as I ready myself for a return to Hanoi.