Episode 9: Stephanie Taderera and Astrid Chitou - "Black. African.Third Culture Kid."
From 2014-2016, Amanda Bates co-led a Twitter community with Ellen Mahoney of Sea Change Mentoring called TCKChat. As former third culture kids, it was a vibrant online community of adult TCK from the around the world to share their experiences of growing up across different borders and its impact on a range of issues.
You may not know this but one of the inspirations for The Black Expat, was TCKchat. As a founder and a moderator, Amanda saw the conversations that were happening with the hashtag and the nuances as it related to race and nationality.
In this episode, you’ll meet two women who were very much part of that community. Both who are Black, African and TCKs. Stephanie Taderera, who was a moderator throughout most of its run, is an adult TCK from Zimbabwe. She spent her childhood in Malawi, France, Ethiopia, Eritrea as well as her native country while her father worked in the oil and gas industry. Astrid Chitou, who is Senegalese, spent her childhood in multiple African countries as result of her father’s employment with the United Nations.
Both have had their lives shaped by the international mobility they experienced as children. They discuss identity, privilege, class, international schools and more as from a Black African perspective.
Below are some excerpts from Amanda’s conversation with Stephanie and Astrid.
You can listen to the full episode wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen on the The Black Expat YouTube Channel .
Learning the Native Tongue
Transitioning to life beyond the International School
Watching Father Navigate as a Black Professional
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