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Third Culture Kids and how growing up abroad has effected our lives. Real Life Example: Barack Obama Claim:You can be a third culture kid and maintain your sense of nationality "Adapting to new situations quickly and with confidence is no problem for third-culture kids like Ginny. “When I returned to the UK to go to university, I realized I had benefited a lot from my years overseas. For me, it was easy to adjust to college life – so many other undergrads seemed very childish. They were very bright, but unable to cope on their own. And the languages I picked up abroad were really useful.” WOK: Emotion, Language Counter Claim: It is very difficult to maintain your sense of nationality and grow up as a third culture kid. "For a third-culture kid, it is often easier to move to a new foreign country than to return to their “home” country. Leyla (25) learned this the hard way when, after living in Australia and South Korea for many years, she finally returned to Turkey as a teenager. “While I was always regarded as a foreigner when overseas, people suddenly expected me to behave the same way and know the same things as they did,” WOK: Emotion and Language. Personal Experience:
As someone who as only lived abroad 2 and half years of my life , I truly believe that I am able to relate to my parents society because of how I have lived the majority of my life in the same nation as they have. WOK: Emotion Barack Obama - President Barack Obama, the world's most famous TCK
- Father was Kenyan, Mother was American, Step-Father was Indonesian
- Lived in Indonesia for 4 years, then moved back to Honolulu, Hawaii http://www.examiner.com/article/famous-tcks-part-one-president-barack-obama
“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.” Define: Third Culture Kid “Many TCKs take years to readjust to their [original] passport countries. They often suffer a reverse culture shock upon their return, and are often perpetually homesick for their adopted country. Many third culture kids face an identity crisis: they don’t know where they come from. It would be typical for a TCK to say that he is a citizen of a country, but with nothing beyond his passport to define that identification for him. TCKs’ sense of identity and well-being is directly and negatively affected by repatriation.” Culture Shock http://www.minordiversion.com/2012/07/where-are-we-from-the-third-culture-kid-conundrum/ - Lived in my home country till I was 3
- Moved between Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka in the span of one year, then left to live in Ethiopia (6 months), Vietnam (1 year in Ho Chi Min and 2 years in Hanoi) and Cambodia (came in 2nd grade and stayed 4 years, then came back in 9th grade so in total have been here for 7 years)
- Experience with reverse culture shock My life as a Nepali TCK They may lose their identity. Similar to the above, when children live among many different cultures and nationalities they can lose sense of their own identity and what they stand for.
http://www.expatinfodesk.com/blog/2013/04/16/the-pros-and-cons-of-raising-a-third-culture-kid/ Identity -I’ve never lived in New Zealand. -Moved to Laos when I was 6 months old lived there for 10 years. -Moved to Sri Lanka when I was 10 lived there for 4 years -Now in Cambodia. My Life as a Kiwi TCK