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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

What is a TCK

I got these definitions from the Taylor Uni website. I thought it was also important to share the MK definiton as well:

MK / TCK Definitions

Missionary Kid (MK) = The son or daughter of missionaries. MK is the term that is perhaps most well known simply because there are a lot of MKs, particularly at Taylor.

Third Culture Kid (TCK) = "A person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents' culture. The TCK builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having ownership in any. Although the elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK's life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background." (David Pollack)

Why third? The third culture is created as a result of the combination of the parents' culture and the culture in which the student lives. Eg. An American student who has spent a significant part of their formative years in Malaysia is called a TCK because the mixture of his/her American culture and the Malaysian culture creates a third culture.

A TCK can be any student whose parents work or have worked in international business, politics, education or military service.


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