Mrs. Far Outlier is descended from a long line of Germans who first emigrated from the Black Forest in Wuerttemberg near the Rhine River to the wide steppes of Bessarabia just east of the Dniester River in South Russia (now Ukraine) during the early 1800s. They were encouraged to do so by Czar Alexander I, who exempted them from military conscription and other duties. When Czar Alexander II revoked their special status in 1876, they began emigrating to the prairies of Dakota Territory.
Update: The Argus has more.
Filed under Germany, Russia
Mr. Far Outlier was born in the U.S. but, at the age of one, accompanied his missionary father and mother to Japan aboard the U.S.S. President Cleveland, arriving in Tokyo in August 1950, just after the outbreak of the Korean War. After graduating from high school in Kobe, Japan, he immigrated back to the U.S. More than a few instances of culture shock ensued.
You know you’re a missionary kid if …
“Where are you from?” has more than one reasonable answer
and so on.
Nowadays, missionary kids (MKs) are subsumed under an ever-expanding category of “third culture kids” (TCKs) which is one day likely to include nearly everyone.