Third Culture Kid

The term Third Culture Kid is becoming an increasingly important focus for developing Cultural Documents.

This term was first identified by researchers John and Ruth Useem in the 1950s, to describe the children of people working and living in countries other than their own origins. It has become understood to refer to the experiences of people who belong to both their heritage and adopted societies, and who develop a high level of trans/bi-cultural competence.

Read more at the many sources available and also at this interesting online publication: Denizen which helpfully tells us:

Third Culture Kids are the citizens of the future. We are the international nomads that possess the cross-cultural views and diverse experiences that are necessary in a ever-shrinking world. We are the leaders of tomorrow, perfectly positioned to help others navigate this globalized society.

Unfortunately, we also struggle with identity, relationships, visas and careers in our unique TCK way. Denizen’s writers hope to help us muddle through these challenges by fostering an online TCK community.

TCKs are rarely citizens of the places they live. Instead, they are denizens, people who are “admitted rights to residence,” people who become inhabitants after “regularly frequenting a place.” We hope that Denizenwill become your online home, one that you’ll regularly frequent to share your unique TCK experience with others who simply “get it.”