Choreography of a Homecoming: A Narrative Exploration of Cross-Cultural Experience in Third Place/Space

Alison Crump

Abstract


This article recounts a curricular journey that walks me from childhood to adulthood.  As I pull memories forward, I seek to understand how my conception of culture drew me towards the cross-cultural experience of teaching English in Japan. Interweaving Grandpa Stories, feminist discourse, and narratives of arrival and entrance into a new cultural landscape, I explore the ever-changing relationship between my inner and outer cultures.  I find that the words of my outer culture do not fit my inner experiences. This tension is critically explored within a third place/ space theoretical framework that invites both security and freedom. By dwelling in a third place/ space, I become the author of my own words and I discover a home for my cross-cultural self. 


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