Third culture kids


Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interact with North Korean youth defectors. What struck me as interesting was how almost all these youth were effectively bilingual in both Mandarin and Korean, a result of staying in China and Korea.While other Korean Gyopos are mostly bilingual in both English and Korean, it was the other way round for these North Korean youth defectors. I also realized that these youth were basically third culture kids, neither able to completely fit into either the Chinese culture or South Korean culture, but exposed to a third culture – an amalgamation of these two cultures.


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Currently living and pursuing my undergraduate studies in South Korea.

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