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Culture Crossing by Michael Landers

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SEVEN

Core Values

Taking your cultural awareness to the next level

I am a TCK. Chances are you’ve never heard that term before. But you probably know other TCKs. They are everywhere. Barack Obama is one. So are Uma Thurman, Kobe Bryant, and the late Freddie Mercury. You might actually be one yourself. Don’t worry—it’s not contagious, although it has been known to cause identity crises.

TCK is short for “third culture kid.” It’s a term coined in the 1950s by sociologist Ruth Hill Useem and neatly explained by another sociologist named David C. Pollock: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, ...

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