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Jonty Tan is a Third Culture Kid who found home in his country of birth, Singapore.
There are many things that make him feel at home. The humid tropical air on his face, the taste of Char Kway Teow, the sense of community in a hawker centre, but after living in the UK since he was only 2 years old, why do these things continue to resonate for him?
Whether familiar with Singapore or not, this book will transport you to Jonty's Singapore, offering a unique perspective as a returning son of his motherland. Follow the twists and turns of life, the six year wait before returning home, the pain of lost opportunities and the pressures of arriving in Singapore during the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic. He uncovers the struggles of childhood, being torn between two cultures and feeling lost in the middle, trying to embrace individuality while desperately wanting to belong.
On arriving and living in Singapore, he learns what it is to finally feel at home and how to navigate the feelings and challenges that come with being a foreigner in his own country. Jonty Tan is The Local Immigrant.