Examining Identity Formation of Third Culture Kids through Transnational Engagements


This paper studies the identity formation of Third Culture Kids (TCKs)—who have spent a considerable amount of their childhood and early adulthood living in a host country, and consequently realizing that they have a different worldview (and sense of identity) with their countrymen from their passport country. In this age of migration, not only of labor, but also of entire families, whether due to economic or political reasons, the number of TCKs is rising and their participation in the society of either their host country or passport country will expectedly create an impact in the near future. In this paper, I contend that TCK identity formation is influenced in large part by undergoing the TCK experience and with their interactions with other TCKs, engaging in transnational activities involving their passport culture and, at the same time, ongoing negotiation with the culture of their host country.

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George Amurao, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

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Conference: ACCS2015
Stream: Cultural Studies

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