Third culture kids are children who are raised in a culture different from their parents’ culture for a significant part of their lives. Many have expat parents with short-term contracts, and so don’t have the chance to live in a certain country for an extended period of time. Living life on the move can be nerve-racking for adults, and even more so for kids.
The desire to belong and identify combined with having to constantly be the new kid in school can be emotionally draining. However, it also has a range of advantages, including adaptation skills and making you open-minded. Jess, Amber and Madhurya tell us what it’s like being third culture kids.
Text: Claire Soong/ CLEO / June 2018
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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