Third Culture Kids

Definition of a TCK:

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

(Pollock & Van Reken, 2009)

Sometimes known as “cultural chameleons,” TCKs tend to adapt quickly to different cultures, yet may find it difficult to develop their own cultural identity.

By Emily Hervey