4 is the average number of cities a tck has lived in
4.5 is the average age of a tck's first move
85% of tcks are bilingual
44% of tcks earned a graduate degree by age 22
there are millions of third culture kids world wide
third culture kids typically work in education, medicine, business, & entrepreneurship
FAMOUS third culture kids
Teresa Heinz John Kerry Yoko Ono Chr. Amanpour Barack Obama Carlos Fuentes
Teresa Heinz has a Portuguese and German background. She however, was born in the Portuguese colony of East-Africa which is now called Mozambique. She later attended college in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she protested the apartheid at her college. She finally went on to graduate as an interpreter from The University of Geneva, in Switzerland. She is fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, as well as her native tongue, Portuguese.
The senior senator from Massachusetts shares the international upbringing of many politicians. His father was a Foreign Service agent. He spend most of his yearly childhood in New England, however he attended boarding school in Switzerland for a time and returned to finish High School in the US. Through his maternal grandmother he is distantly related to President George W. Bush as well as some royalty in Europe.
Although Ono is most known for her marriage to John Lennon, she too is an artist in her own right. Born to parents in the Banking sector she moved from Japan to the US various times in her childhood following her father’s work.
Amanpour is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN. Born to a British mother and Iranian father, Amanpour was born in England but the family moved to Tehran when she was very little. At age 11 she returned to England to attend boarding school. Her family fled Iran during the revolution in 1979. She continued on to college and university in the US where she became close friends with John F. Kennedy and finally received a BA in Journalism.
Barak Obama, the 44th president of the United States, as well as being half Kenyan, is a TCK. Obama’s mother and father met at the University of Hawaii. His father was an exchange student from Kenya at the University. However the two divorced when Obama was only two. His mother remarried another foreign student from Indonesia, had a daughter and the family moved to Jakarta. Obama moved back to the Honolulu to live with his grandparents. Obama has traveled extensively, including to Kenya.
If you know Latin American literature you probably know the Mexican novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes. As the son of a diplomat, he lead a very mobile life, he lived with his family in Ecuador, Uruguay, USA, Argentina and Chile. This background probably makes his interpretations of the Latin American identity and culture all the more convincing. He has written various novels and essays. One of his best selling novels, Gringo Viejo (Old Gringo) was even made into a movie starring Jane Fonda.