The Starter Kit


If you’re still scratching your head, trying to figure out what a Third Culture Kid is exactly, here’s a handy list of places to get a primer, both online and in print.


Where is Home for Third Culture Kids? | The New York Times

This is a New York Times piece from back in May that takes a pretty superficial look at the topic. It does, however, have the virtue of being in a major publication, and bringing some attention to the topic.

“When golden poppies blanket the hills of Northern California, it’s the annual season to dispatch my daughter — a summertime American — for home. Home is a complex word in our stone farmhouse in the country outside Paris, where we all possess different passports… read more.”


Cultural Chameleons | Al Jazeera English

This is a fun chat that was broadcast on Al Jazeera English, and it includes some people who’ve made it their life’s work to study ideas around TCKs.

“Where are you from? A simple question, but for some a complicated answer, and a source of anxiety. Third Culture Kids are defined as people who spend a significant part of their developmental years outside the parents’ culture… read more.“


TCK World, The Official Home of Dr Ruth Hill Useem

Does what it says on the can. Also, Dr Ruth Hill Useem is the sociologist who coined the term Third Culture Kid.

Visit the site here.


31 Signs You’re A Third Culture Kid | BuzzFeed

It’s BuzzFeed, so it’s not exactly an academic treatise, but a lot of people will find solace in knowing they tick a lot of these boxes.

“1. You can curse convincingly in at least five different languages… read more.“


Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Amongst Worlds (Revised) | Book

Pretty much the Bible when it comes to understanding TCKs, by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken.

Buy the book here.


When You’re a Third Culture Kid Tumblr

The usual Tumblr funniness.

“When someone points out that you’re taking your fifth vacation of the year: ‘Treat yo’ self’… read more.” 


TCKid: A Home For Third Culture Kids

A community created to bring TCKs together.

Visit the website here.



An online publication focused mainly on spreading the stories of what it’s like to be a Third Culture Kid, and highlighting some of the commonalities of the cross cultural experience.

Visit the website here.

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