What’s a TCK? Read here.
Barack Obama: The world’s most famous TCK right now, and maybe that’s a good sign (perhaps it’s fortunate that few American voters recognized the term).
- Obama As A “Third Culture Kid”
- How Obama Really Thinks: A Primer for the Left and Right
- ...and some of his cabinet.
Other Famous TCKs
Elizabeth Edwards – late wife of John Edwards, US vice-presidential candidate – “Edwards is the daughter of a Navy pilot and lived in a dozen places by the time she was 18. ‘There is no better experience’ in preparing someone for the madness of a presidential campaign, she says.” New York Times, July 17, 2004. She wrote: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers
Michel Gondry – film director
Katharine Gun, whistle-blower:
“Her decision to follow her conscience sounds almost unthinking – I didn’t want to step back and think, ‘But, hey, what happens if I do this, and then this happens and then that happens?'” she says. But she has clearly thought in detail about what made her that way… “One of the things the research says is that third-culture kids tend to be extremely empathetic, and because they’ve usually lived in at least one other foreign country, they somehow feel a global alliance… ” Guardian
Mohsin Hamid, novelist:
“So where does Hamid belong? Does he feel a Pakistani Muslim, or an American?
“I’m fully neither,” he said, adding that he believed it was unwarranted to expect individuals to sign up for allegiance to the nation-state.
“What I feel like depends on the context you put me in,” he said. “In the Pakistani context, my attitudes toward religion, to the state, to gender relations are perceptibly American. That makes me American.” Yet when he is in the United States, he can feel quite Pakistani, he said.” International Herald Tribune
Teresa Heinz – John Kerry’s wife, born in Mozambique.
John Kerry, US politician – Attended boarding school in Switzerland while his father was a US diplomat in Germany.
Robin McKinley, author
Viggo Mortensen, actor: “I remember coming to the U.S. and not only having to learn the accent but the slang,” Mortensen says, adding that being forced to adapt quickly helped him later on. “Out of habit you assume that you have something in common with people no matter how different they seem.” Washington Post
John Rhys-Davies, actor – “Rhys-Davies spent his formative years in Wales and East Africa, returning to the UK when he was nine.”
Cordwainer Smith – A science fiction writer who spent many of his formative years in China and was bilingual in Chinese and English. I suspect that this is the reason for the unusual, even poetic, style of his writing. Cordwainer Smith’s books
Kathleen Turner, actor – diplomatic “brat”
Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of France
Hugo Weaving, actor – born in Nigeria, has lived in Australia, South Africa, England.
let me know of any other famous TCKs you are aware of!