Growing Up as a "Third Culture Kid" (TCK) in Ireland
Filipino Third Culture Kids in Ireland Survey
Thank you so much for your willingness to answer my survey regarding Filipino Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Ireland. Your answers will help me learn the struggles and triumphs of TCKs and determine how Art can help make my youth work more inclusive and appealing to Filipino youth migrants.
A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is defined as someone who has spent a considerable portion of his or her childhood in a country other than his or her parents' countries. In this case, a Filipino TCK in Ireland is someone who moved from the Philippines to Ireland at some point during his childhood or young adulthood. Any TCK has a tendency to mix and merge their birth culture with their adopted culture, creating one of their own: a third culture.
TCKs are quite known to be quite "worldly," having a deeper understanding of different cultures, perspectives and world views, and some find being "rootless" as giving them a sense of freedom. However, TCKs also struggle with issues of personal and cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and definitions of what "home" is.