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The State Department has a page on “Third Culture Kids,” and what that essentially means. An exerpt:

Third-culture kids are those who have spent some of their growing up years in a foreign country and experience a sense of not belonging to their passport country when they return to it. In adapting to life in a ‘foreign’ country they have also missed learning ways of their homeland and feel most at home in the ‘third-culture’ which they have created. Little understood by American schools, where they are often considered an oddity, what third culture kids want most is to be accepted as the individuals they are.

According to Kay Eakin, author of According to My Passport, I’m Coming Home, the term TCK was first used 40 years ago by Ruth Hill Useem in her research on North American children living in India.

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