My ‘quirks’ made me feel funny around my local friends. I was never very good at answering the question 'where are you from'? My accent changed depending who I spoke to. In the middle of a conversation, surprise or shock meant I might blurt out an exclamation in a language no one else in the room was speaking ('aiyoo!'). 

Discovering the term 'third culture kid' created a light-bulb moment that redefined my past and my present. I learned that these traits were actually common within the incredible, Third Culture community.

What is a TCK?

A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a term which loosely defines individuals who have grown up in a culture (or multiple cultures) different to that of our parents' culture, for a significant part of our lives. This often means living with one culture at home that is different to the one your friends and colleagues practice when you step outside your door.

What is TCK TOWN?

TCK TOWN is a digital publication which exemplifies what our tribe does best - we reach out, find each other and share the stories that have made us who we are. As well as reading our articles, you can join our Slack Community to speak with our writers and other readers like you. 

This publication regularly posts written contributions by our readers. Feel free to send through your written piece to editor@tcktown.com and I'll have a look through it. To receive a free digital copy of our first magazine you can sign up to our newsletter.

I hope TCK Town will become a place in this big, wide world where TCKs can find a sympathetic ear, a place to expand brains itchy for extra knowledge and a destination not limited by long flights, awkward transits or time difference calculations.


Ava Senaratne 
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai and Australia. Living in Dubai — for now!)

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