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“I’m A Third Culture Kid, Are You?”

Most of those who read my blog are not Kuwaiti, and it is for you that I am writing this post. So many of you who read me are also “Third Culture Kids.” My blogging friend Amer just wrote a post by the above title, and whoa! The responses will blow you away! Please go to I am a Third Culture Kid, Are You? and check in with your story – where you came from and where you are today.

And how being a third culture kid has affected your life. This is one of the best blog entries I have read.

The book from which the term Third Culture Kids comes from is mentioned in an earlier blog entry of mine, Chicken Nuggets and Big Macs and is by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken. You can find it at If you are a third culture kid, you might want to buy two or three – you will keep giving them away. The book is that good.

January 30, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Books, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Relationships, Social Issues


  1. we all have an element of dissociation these days – but this is a more extreme variant. It’s the move to a truly global world, people shift in and out of countries overnight, and work opportunities abound.

    With great freedom comes great responsibilities.


    Comment by ggwfung | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. You have an interesting blog, ggwfung, and are you also a TCK?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. Well I’m 26; 13 years between California and The UK; 13 years in Kuwait and still want to move back to the UK!

    Comment by True Faith | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  4. I entered before finishing πŸ˜›

    Does that make me a TCK?

    Comment by True Faith | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh True Faith, solidly in the TCK block!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. TCK rock πŸ˜›

    Comment by ananyah | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. i’m a tck too!! i don’t feel there’s anything wrong with it. though people say that it’s weird to have so many homes πŸ˜›

    Comment by MishMisha | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. I can’t claim that I’m part of the “Third Culture Kid” club. I’ve moved from coast to coast in the United States a few times and have visited other countries, but I can’t say that I have actually lived outside of the U.S.

    Maybe I’m more of a 2 1/2 culture kid.

    Comment by thecollegekid | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  9. Ananyah – Welcome! And yep, we rule!

    MishMisha – Nothing wrong with TCK at all, except a little wierdness now and then. Especially with the dreaded question: Where are you from?

    College Kid – Coast to coast in the US is definitely shifting cultures! But I love your “2 1/2 CK”. It’s the universal citizen and universal alien-ness of our lives that make us TCK. And we are legion.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  10. Thanks for linking to Amer’s post. Definitely one of the best posts I’ve read so far.

    Nice blog you have here πŸ™‚

    Comment by kinan | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  11. I’m not a third culture kid – but I am a third culture adult!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  12. Kinan – Welcome, and thanks. I think Amer is a GREAT blogger.

    Little Diamond – πŸ˜‰ That you are, for sure.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  13. I’m a TCK+MK:) born and raised in Cameroon, Africa! TCKs do rock!

    Comment by borntwice | February 4, 2007 | Reply

  14. borntwice – Welcome! I hope you also visited Amer’s blog and checked in there.

    MK? Minister’s kid? (I thought that was PK?) Mixed kid? I haven’t heard MK before.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 11, 2007 | Reply

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