Bringing Home to Third Culture Kids

Adapting Tech, Ethnography

Overview:

Third Culture Kids, or Global Nomads are young people who come from two different cultures, and are brought up in a third culture.They never settle in one place and identify with multiple cultures at a time. They are impermanent residents of nowhere. This project, through wearable tech, tries to create meaningful memories of home (something is is every so transient).

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Process:

The project started by reaching out to focus groups. Young adults who had lived in more than 3 countries for a duration of least 4 years. The research focused around asking each individual within the focus group to define “home” from their experience and submit a photo of one object, place or person that they associate with their identity.

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Outcome:

Most individuals reminisced about home, or felt at home through familiar sounds,taste or smell. Sounds played an important role in evoking memories of events and home. So, we designed a wearable device that can be used to record and play sounds.

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