100 years ago they didn’t know…

There were a lot of things my great grandpa Albert and my great grandma Elna didn’t know when they left their small farm town in California to move to China in 1915. Elna didn’t know just how difficult it would be to raise five kids in a foreign land thousands of miles from family. She…

A letter to my bicycle.

Dear Bicycle, Time has flown by so fast. I can’t believe that it’s already almost Christmas and before I know it, I’ll be done packing and back in the States. Bicycle, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this before or not, but someone once told me that the only constant thing in an international…

TCK Chats

The following “chats,” hosted via Twitter, have been embedded with permission from storify.com. View the original source of these chats (there are others in the series) by clicking here TCKchat # 6: Role Models & Mentors We held 2 sessions of #TCKchat & asked adult TCKs about their Role Models & Mentors. These are the…

Where are you from?

I am an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK).  I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Austria, moved to the United States for the next thirteen years, and am now living in China raising three Third Culture Kids (TCK’s).  During one of my job interviews for China, I was plagued with a nagging…

Home Is Not One Place

My story as a TCK isn’t one of the stories of adventure— moving from country to country and never knowing what “home” really was. Instead, it started out simple. I was 6 years old when my parents sat all of us children down to drop the news— we were moving to China.  I remember the…

“I belonged wherever I was.”

For me, I had grown up in five countries throughout three continents without ever having heard of the term ‘TCK.’ I was in high school when my parents told me about it, but never truly identified with it until college. Until then, I always felt that I belonged wherever I was. When I moved to…