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What does 'home' mean to those who grew up between places?

 

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Never having a simple answer to the question triggered my curiosity and itch to dig a little deeper of this unsettling feeling. I always used to say Korea, being hesitant, which at the end left me with dissatisfaction. Because of my ethnicity, I always thought it would help people connect the dots quicker, and easily. 'I'm from Thailand, Pakistan, and Korea' sounds a bit too much to hear. After all, the question "Where are you from" is one of the first things people usually ask someone they just met - I didn't want to be rambling on about myself knowing that there's always a follow-up question, "Pakistan! Why were you there?" or I've gotten some "What do your parents? Army? Embassy?"

 

Naturally, as a third-culture kid, I felt confused, and lost about the idea of not having a hometown, a home-base, when everyone else around me had that. My wandering led me to question the lives of digital nomads, and world travelers. What shapes home to those who choose to have a location independent lifestyle? What are the elements that create that sense of home for them?

 

Abandoning the traditional way of how we define home, I wanted to see if we can take the essence of home and recreate within unfamiliar environments; new people in new places. Almost the opposite of people think about the idea of home. Can home be redefined as something that can be created, and is indefinitely changing? 

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Can we create that sense through meeting new people through shared passion and adventures? 

Bee Home is a mobile app concept that connects digital nomads through passions and interests, at different locations. While creating these prototypes, it made me take a step back and look at this world of online dating, globally. Maybe, meet up at a city that you both have never been to or show them where you're from.