Third Culture Kids & the Hidden Curriculum (for parents)

The cultural, emotional & academic impact of international education & mobility

This is the e-handout for the webinar presentation for parents at SSIS. It includes a list of resources mentioned in the presentation, the slide deck and additional resources.

Core topics

  • Intergenerational cultural gaps
    How is your child(ren)’s experience of international education or mobility different from your childhood experiences?
  • Multilingual perspectives
    How does bilingualism/multilingualism affect your child(ren)’s perspectives? What is their relationship with the languages they speak?
  • Internalized racism
    How does the hidden curriculum impact students’ sense of self? What is internalized racism? In what way does it affect their relationship with their parent(s)’ language and culture?
  • Hidden curriculum
  • What is the hidden curriculum? How does it show up in international schools?


You can download the slides from the workshop in PDF format below.

Main text

Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International SchoolDanau Tanu, 2018. 


Bong Joon Ho Interpreter Sharon Choi Relives Historic ‘Parasite’ Awards Season in Her Own Words (EXCLUSIVE)‘ by Sharon Choi in Variety.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd Edition. David Pollock, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael Pollock, 2017.

Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Tanya Crossman, 2016. See also

‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals in The Guardian, 20 November 2014

The Traumatizing Gift: a Global Childhood – A TEDx talk by Saeko Mizuta, CEO of the TCK Workshop (日本語)

Additional resources

TCKs of Asia
 & Third Culture Stories podcast.

Weird Culture Kids by Ngoc Nguyen, a Vietnamese who attended French international schools all her life

‘Third Culture Kids: The Return Home’ by Tim Brantingham in Sandwich Parenting.