Isn’t it nice to hear what you want to hear?

Various notes on “third-culture kids” and Interaction International:

“We are excited about who TCKs are and about their potential. TCKs are a rapidly growing people group in today’s world. Each year, more families are raising their children outside of their passport culture, and the impact of these experiences last a lifetime. Although TCKs don’t vote in any country’s election as children, they are people of worldwide impact.”


Experts say that expat children are uniquely placed to develop cross-cultural and internationally mobile abilities, primarily due to their heritage as ‘third culture kids’. […]

“They constantly feel the need to ‘move on’,” he says. “This impacts their academic, career and even their married life.” […]

He also says advises parents who share the same nationality to speak one language in the home, namely that of the passport culture.

From here

Around 1985, Norma McCaig used the term Global Nomad essentially to define the same group because (1) she didn’t like being called a kid when she was grown up and (2) she wanted to make clear for future research purposes that this experience happened because of a parent’s career choice (which was the case with the TCKs in Useem’s first study, although Useem didn’t mention this), not refugees or immigrants.

Most international TCKs are expected to speak English and some countries require their expatriate families to be proficient with the English language. This is largely because most international schools use the English language as the norm.

From wikipedia (though be aware that This article has multiple issues) and broken down by number (“90% report feeling as if they understand other people and cultural groups better than the average American”)

And finally from a hostile witness:

However what this third culture consists of is never adequately explained, apart from some anodyne references to the commonality of experiences among children who have grown up in foreign cultures, and the similarity of the stories they have to tell when they get together, for example at the many profitable seminars Pollock and Van Reken run.

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3 Responses to Isn’t it nice to hear what you want to hear?

  1. an0705 says:

    “she wanted to make clear … this experience happened because of a parent’s career choice …, not refugees or immigrants”. God forbid!

  2. I’ve updated the tags accordingly

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