What is a Third Culture Kid?

“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”... (more)

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Suggested Readings

STRANGERS AT HOME: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land
by Carolyn D. Smith

Military brats, global nomads, missionary kids, and others who have spent some years overseas - whether in childhood or as adults - will be interested in this collection of essays by authors who have lived overseas, raised children in other cultures, or conducted social-scientific studies of internationally mobile children and families. This anthology presents varied perspectives on the effects of living overseas and coming "home" to a country that seems just as foreign as the one left behind. Includes useful advice for parents seeking to help their children - especially teenagers - cope with the experience of reentry and fitting in.

"A rich source of advice for people who pursue an internationally mobile lifestyle."
-Elmore Rigamer, Medical Director U.S. State Department and the Foreign Service

Aletheia Publications. 1996.
230 pages, bibliography, index.
ISBN: 0-9639260-4-7




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