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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Global Children Today, Future Voices Tomorrow

A whole generation of adult TCKs is taking center stage as authors, journalists, academics, and
trainers. From Malaysia to Canada, from Kuwait to Oklahoma, in the most unexpected places the
realm of Third Culture Kids is being discussed about extensively whether it’s on the Internet, in
newspapers or in scholarly journals.2 Not only are they being written about more and more, but
increasingly adult third culture kids (ATCKs) themselves are the ones responsible for the
evolution of the TCK term as it gradually enters the consciousness of the internationally mobile
populations and those who work and live with them. Evidence that TCKs are coming of age is all
around us. It can be found in their personal stories and in the rapid growth of the field itslef.
So what exactly is the “third culture” that these kids experience? It is simply the world expatriates
develop that is “rooted in the home culture, lived out in the host culture, but in the end, neither
fully one nor the other.” 3
This notion of living in a “world between worlds” is often experienced by many children even
those remaining in the same country all their lives. When one considers the increasing numbers
of children born to immigrants and refugees, it is not difficult to understand the prevalence of this
‘between worlds” identity among many TCKs and cross-cultural kids (CCKs). Though the trends
and needs of CCKs are worth study, it is the task of this paper to focus on the TCK community.