TCK Resources

“Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people and places that span the globe.”

Marilyn Gardner

Resources for Third Culture Kids and those who are raising them


The term Third Culture Kid is used to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years. The term was coined by Dr. Ruth Useem in the 1950’s but came into widespread use in more recent years. “A TCK is an individual who, having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than that of their parents, develops a sense of relationship to both. These children of business executives, soldiers and sailors, diplomats, and missionaries who live abroad, become “culture-blended” persons who often contribute in unique and creative ways to society as a whole.” – from TCKWorld

Third Culture Kids – A Global Story from Marilyn Gardner on Vimeo.


What and where is home? How does place work for us?


What is the difference between belonging and fitting in?


Where is your journey taking you and how does being a TCK impact it?

Let’s connect through writing or talking!

23 thoughts on “TCK Resources

  1. Hello. I am trying to find the source of the quote “our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe” for a school paper. Would you be able to tell me in which book Marilyn Gardner wrote it, please?


    1. Hello – wonderful to hear from you and I apologize for the delayed response. I believe I quoted it in my second book “Worlds Apart” but before that, I wrote it through this blog. Thanks so much for your interest in my writing. Please let me know should you need anything else from me.


  2. Marilyn, how about adding “Cat Tales: the Adventures of an Old Black Cat and her family” – true stories from Pakistan. For kids of any age, but specifically for ages 8 to 12, and a good read-aloud for younger children. by Pauline A. Brown, available at Amazon


    1. If you are ever interested in doing a guest post on the resources you provide it would be lovely! Or perhaps you might think of doing one for A Life Overseas? I’m the guest editor there and would love to have you do that.


      1. I’d be honoured, Marilyn! Thank you! And I’m looking forward to that interview we’ll be doing with you about your new book. It’s been busy here, so I’ve gotta find our last e-mail about that and pick up where we left off. :)


  3. Hi Marilyn, here are a few essential resources you really ought to have! I’ll add more when I remember where to find more; here’s one for now.

    Welcome to my Life – a 23min Korean TCK film – my favourite TCK film!


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