20 December 2003

Missionary Kids

Mr. Far Outlier was born in the U.S. but, at the age of one, accompanied his missionary father and mother to Japan aboard the U.S.S. President Cleveland, arriving in Tokyo in August 1950, just after the outbreak of the Korean War. After graduating from high school in Kobe, Japan, he immigrated back to the U.S. More than a few instances of culture shock ensued.

You know you're a missionary kid if ...
"Where are you from?" has more than one reasonable answer
and so on.

Nowadays, missionary kids (MKs) are subsumed under an ever-expanding category of "third culture kids" (TCKs) which is one day likely to include nearly everyone.

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