This podcast is devoted to TCKs and is a place where we can share our stories, our struggles, our challenges and our successes safe in the knowledge that we are somewhere where (finally!) we're with people like us, people who understand.
I coach other TCKs to help them leverage their TCK journey to help them find their place in the world. That place where they belong. If you'd like to chat to me (no obligation at all), this is my diary bit.ly/JMoTCKCoachDiary
In this week’s episode I chat with Philippe Messer. British by birth he then had a typical TCK upbringing of living in France, Spain, America, Canada and Japan. His chosen career as a teacher enables him to continue living in new countries and he and his (non TCK ;-) ) wife currently reside in Australia.
Although his plans were curtailed by the global pandemic, he has recently been able to set off on a driving expedition around Australia.
In this week’s episode I talk with Daniel Nguyen-Phuoc who is no stranger to the TCK podcast airways as he co-hosts Third Culture Talks on which I was his guest last year.
Dan is a Vietnamese American who spent his early years in the USA and Indonesia. He is a polyglot and is currently adding Polish to his list of languages, having recently relocated to Poland.
Listen as we chat about all things TCK including what makes a place feel like home.
Michael V Pollock co-authored the third edition of Third Culture Kids – Growing Up Among Worlds (the ‘TCK bible’).
Raised between three states in the US, (New York, New Jersey, Vermont) and Kenya, East Africa, Michael can't easily answer the question “where are you from?”
Listen as we chat about his TCK upbringing and how that influenced both his career and his decisions in where to live (he is a proud parent of TCK children).
In this episode, something a little different! I am joined by renowned coach and mentor, Sarah Short, who interviews ME, placing me in the guest seat to talk about my TCK life.
Jen Mohindra is not only a Third Culture Kid, but is also an adoptee – a transracial adoptee. She was born in Scotland and grew up in Australia, England, Kenya and Australia (again). When she was 30 she found her birth family and discovered her Scottish/Indian mixed-race heritage (she had wondered why she tanned so well!).
Jen has had a fairly typical TCK career in that she chose to work in industries that facilitated international travel – hospitality and finance – for more than 25 years. She then retrained as a coach who works with TCKs to help them find their place in the world.
I am so very excited to let you know about today’s podcast guest. She is so special that I have extended the podcast from its usual 30 minutes to a whole hour.
To we TCKs, today’s podcast guest needs no introduction. Ruth Van Reken is a giant amongst us. Author of Letters Never Sent and co-author of Third Culture Kids with David Pollock known all over the world as the ‘TCK bible’.
I have had the absolute privilege of spending an hour chatting to Ruth about her life, her work and growing up as a TCK.
Ngoc grew up in Russia, Vietnam and the US, with a heavy French influence from having attended a French international school in Vietnam. Ngoc felt that no matter who she was talking too in any given situation – her parents, her school friends etc – that they only ever saw one facet of her, the others being masked by a different culture.
Her unusual upbringing has affected her so profoundly that she has gone the extra mile and written a book Weird Culture Kids, that’s now available on Amazon.
Anna is both a TCK and an international adoptee, having been adopted from India by Swedish parents. She grew up in the Middle East and South East Asia, with summers spent in Sweden and she now resides in Sweden.
Listen as she talks about her connections to the many places and cultures that contribute to her identity.
Martina was born in the Netherlands and is a polyglot. She moved to Poland, the US, Switzerland, back to the Netherlands, then on to Mexico and she kept on moving! In this podcast episode Martina mentions the little blue airmail envelopes that I had completely forgotten about!
Martina is now married to an Argentinian and living in Argentina.
Calvin Widjaja is no stranger to the TCK airwaves, as he hosts his own podcast show at Global CKtizens on which I was his guest earlier this year.
Calvin grew up between Indonesia and Singapore and this week's podcast is our discussion about his TCK upbringing, the impact it's had on him and what he's doing now.
This week is a cause for celebration as it’s my podcast show’s 20th episode!
In addition that that, this week’s guest is unusual in that I have already appeared as his guest on his live show, Ben There.
Ben Voegele was born in the USA and spent a large part of his childhood in Asia. When he returned to the US in his teens he had all the usual reverse culture shock that we TCKs experience.
Listen to me chatting to Ben about his life, his choice of career (very TCK!) and how he has found a degree of peace and a place to put down roots in Utah.
Aida Karabu is a Kenyan TCK who lived in Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, Ethiopia, UK, Kenya again and currently resides in Canada.
Aida talks about her hardest move which was at the typical age for TCKs (12 – 14 years) and the difficulties of finding her favourite childhood fruit. In Kikuyu it’s called nathii and the English name is cape gooseberries!
Tamara Yousry is a TCK with mixed heritage – English and Egyptian who has ended up in Perth, Australia. Her whole life is one of travel and culture, having lived in Kuwait, Egypt, England, Scotland, Norway, Singapore prior to moving down under.
Tamara has a recently published book - My Patchwork Life: An Intercultural Love Story which is set in Cairo and Singapore. Just the thing for TCKs (and available now on Amazon!)
Richard Loat is a TCK who currently lives in Singapore.
He is hugely interesting, not least because he's in the process of writing a book about famous and successful TCKs. The reason he's doing this is so that we TCKs can see just how awesome the impact of our TCK upbringing can be.
Listen to our conversation in this week's episode.
Nathan didn't know he was a TCK until recently. He has been delighted to discover that actually, he's not mad (!!) and that there's a whole world of people like us.
When we talked for this episode of my podcast, it became apparent that even TCKs who don't know that they're TCKs, still have the TCK issues that we all share.
Christopher O’Shaughnessy is a passionate and versatile author and speaker who uses a unique blend of story-telling, humor, and provocative insight to engage a wide array of people on topics ranging from Third Culture Kids and the effects of globalization to building community and increasing empathy.
Chris’ book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between, has received high praise from students, teachers, and otherexperts in the TCK and international community as a resource that is both enjoyable to read at a student level, and able to instill truths, insights and skills essential to navigating life successfully as a TCK.
Listen as Chris and I chat about his life to date.
Stephen Yap currently lives in the UK, having spent his formative years between Hong Kong and the UK.
He describes the very real experience of reverse culture shock. He also discovered that his knowledge and experience in Hong Kong didn’t translate to the same level of seniority in the UK. Listen to find out why.
Carolina Travaglio lives in Spain. She was born in Venezuela and moved to France aged 18 months. She then moved to the USA returning to Venezuela aged 7 and stayed there until she was 19.
The international moves she experienced were due to her father studying for a PhD in France and then taking a job in the States.
Even though Carolina returned to her passport country aged 7, she had already become firmly established as a TCK as she had no remembered knowledge of Venezuela, or of her family there.
Listen as we talk about her TCK experience, and her life to date.
Javaneh Pirzad is an unusual subject for my podcast, because she’s not a TCK herself. However, her child is.
Javaneh is British-Iranian and grew up in Iran. She has lived most of her adult life as an expat in various places including UAE, Algeria, UK, India. Since 2018, she has lived in the Netherlands.
Javaneh is a psychotherapist who works with children and adolescents, including TCKs.
Listen as she and I talk about the things that affect TCKs and how they can be overcome.
Christina Hoag is a well-travelled TCK! Born in New Zealand, she went on to live in seven other countries as a child and has lived in another three as a foreign correspondent. She has reported for many different news publications, including the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Miami Herald.
Christina is also an award winning author!
Listen as I discuss all things TCK with this accomplished TCK woman.
Lisa is not unusual as a TCK in that she lives in the UK midlands and has an accent that doesn’t fit the expectation!
Born in Taiwan, her family moved to Canada for 4 years, and then back to Taiwan for Lisa’s high school. Lisa took her degree in the US and her masters degree in the UK.
Listen as we talk about her experience growing up globally.
Terry has made his most recent move just weeks ago to country-side of central France.
He describes what home means to him and talks about his experiences of revisiting some of the places he lived during his childhood. He also talks about cultural belonging and how he responds to the question "Where are you from?
Megan Norton is a true TCK as she grew up everywhere!
She was born in Virginia in the US, moved to Pretoria in South Africa, back to Virginia, then to Seoul in South Korea. Next she moved to Bonn and then Frankfurt in Germany, then on to Tokyo Japan. She graduated high school in Tel Aviv in Israel and went to university in Florida.
Listen as she and I talk about her truly varied life as a TCK.
Amanda Perez was born in Hong Kong grew up in Libya, Texas, Argentina and then Texas again. When we made this podcast, Amanda expressed relief at being able to actually answer the question ‘where are you from?’ honestly.
I hope you enjoy this true TCK conversation.
Jiwon Lee (or 이지원or 李知原) is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up in South Korea, Malaysia and China and studied in Los Angeles.
She has recently published her first book Third Culture Teens, for young TCKs who are struggling to find a place in this world.
Jiwon talks about how her own experiences inspired her to write the book, which is currently available on Amazon.
Marie was born in England, moved to Hong Kong for schooling then back to England. Half Japanese and half English, Marie has also spent time living in Japan. When asked, Marie feels that all 3 places are home. This makes the current coronvirus pandemic lockdown restrictions on travel very hard to bear.
Paul Mcguigan discovered he’s a TCK after listening to my earlier podcasts.
Born in New Zealand to Scottish parents, he then grew up in England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Paul talks about his moves and how he felt about the TCK lifestyle when he started his family and what home means to him.
Jackie Harris is a marketing professional who grew up across the US, Canada and Portugal. In this episode, we chat about her experiences and the impact they have had on the choices she’s made in her life since.
In this episode, I interview Marie Gardom.
Marie and I have lots in common, not only are we TCKs, we are also both transracial adoptees.
Marie was born in Malaysia and adopted by white British parents. Her father was in the military and so Marie spent her formative years living on military bases around Europe and the UK.
Steph Rowley is a TCK. She grew up in the middle east and then moved around the UK, living in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
In this episode, Steph and I chat about her TCK journey and where life has taken her since.