TCKs are defined as someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his or her own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture, into a third culture. Barack Obama is probably the most famous TCK in the world. My own children are examples of TCKs. I was born in the US and their mother was born in Vietnam. My sons were two and a half and eight months old when I moved from Houston to Hong Kong in 1992. During the time I lived in Hong Kong, they attended the Peak School (following a British curriculum) and Carmel Day School. Then in 1994 I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam where they attended the French International School (French Curriculum “en Francaise”). Well, after they were settled in Hanoi and fluent in French and Vietnamese, we moved to Kobe, Japan in 1997, where they attended Canadian Academy. After that, it was back to Houston to finish elementary, middle, and high school (well almost). Today, both of my sons have a global view of the world. In honor of my sons, I’ve created a webpage just for TCKs and their families. Let’s hear your stories too!
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