Resources for Returning Missionaries and TCKs
Website on Third Culture Kids & Adults
Thriving in a liminal space
By Esther Tan
This website is created to connect people who are interested in teaching, learning, discussing or researching about living and thriving in a life filled with cross-cultural navigations and transitions. This website aims to be helpful for anyone who might be a Third culture kid or adult, or a cross-culture kid or adult, or just someone who is interested in these conversations. This website will feature more videos, resources and authentic stories from TCK/TCA gurus, TCK/TCA researchers, or TCKs/TCAs, with hopes of providing more open spaces eventually for those who are Eastern, Southern, South-East Asian, or who have lived in East, South, and South-East Asia.
The Grief Tower: A Practical Guide to Processing Grief with Third Culture Kids Kindle Edition
By Lauren Wells
Children who grow up outside of their parent’s passport country, Third Culture Kids (TCKs), experience a significant number of losses, grief-inducing experiences, and traumas during their developmental years. These events stack up like blocks on a tower throughout the life of the TCK, creating what Lauren Wells has coined the Grief Tower. If it continues to stack without these experiences being processed, a TCK’s Grief Tower is likely to crash in their early adulthood. But is this avoidable? Can parents and caregivers provide care that prevents the tower from stacking too high in the first place? The answer is yes, and this practical resource is full of tools for helping the TCKs we love to process their grief.
Original Song "Foreign"
By Zoe Nicole Lee
TCK who return from Cambodia in 2021
Third Culture Kids are often misunderstood. When asked about how they feel about “returning home”, many of them cannot respond with the expected joy or enthusiasm that friends and family assume they should have when returning from the mission field. This song expresses the thoughts and reflections of a TCK who left when she was 7 years old, only to return at 17, but feeling like the sight and sounds she observes around her in the country she was born in, being foreign and unfamiliar.