Entries by Stacyperth

Can I get some help?- Well, I need some

In March 2014, Ross Taylor, President of the Perth-based Indonesian Institute, suggested that Indonesia could provide nannies for Australians and relieve some of the issues surrounding childcare in Australia. A huge problem in this country which every mother has experienced and to which there does not seemed to be a well thought out solution in place.  […]

Waiting to Exhale- Inside the mind of a Semi- Bilingual

You may catch me sometimes looking at you blankly, hesitating for several beats before I answer your question or finish the sentence I just trailed off in the middle of. You may have already started your next thought and moved on without me. Forgive me, but the truth is I am still trying to figure […]

On How To Be An Aussie-Part 2

Since I shared a little pronunciation tip with you in part 1, I will share another one. My name in the Aussie accent is most often pronounced “Christerr”. This is because any word that ends with an “a” and is followed by another word beginning with a vowel gets the “err” treatment. It does occasionally make […]

On How To Be An Aussie-Part 1

Warning: Sweeping generalizations about Australian culture about to take place. For the Aussies out there, however, Crocodile Dundee and the Crocodile Hunter will not be involved in any way. Before we get started on one of the most important parts of Australian culture that any outsider needs to understand, I would like to address the […]

Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival- WA Style! 端午节

June 2nd is Dragon Boat Festival which is celebrated in many different places. China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia all celebrate Dragon Boat Festival. Western Australia will even be holding Dragon Boat races later this year. This year Dragon Boat Festival also falls on a public holiday in WA and I decided that […]

Third Culture Kids: Birthplace and Belonging

My Australian husband and I, (an American), met, got married and our two boys were born in Shenyang, China. Then 4 years ago we made the decision to move to Australia.  We moved when our children were 7 years old and 6 years old. Previous to moving to Australia they had only ever been to […]