Year Established: 2019
Languages: Japanese and English
To connect researchers and research consumers whose interests concern Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and multicultural, multilingual and transnational families in the local (Japanese) context.
To collect narratives of TCK experiences in the local (Japanese) context and to share them in forms of publications, presentations or research.
Seasonal social dinners (spring, summer and winter)
Yearly workshop and/or lecture (in February or March)
Aiko Minematsu is an adult TCK residing in Tokyo, Japan. Enrolled in seven elementary schools in Japan and the USA because of her father’s job, her childhood was a constant move between different cultures. She holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University and a secondary school teaching license for teaching English in Japan. She has taught English to returnee students in Japan for over ten years, and currently is a university lecturer in Tokyo, teaching English for academic purposes. Her research interests are identity trajectories of TCKs, language education and multilingualism, and teacher education. Her life goal is to empower TCKs in Japan through education.
Saeko Mizuta is a Japanese entrepreneur in the education technology space (https://www.tckwshop.com/). While attending Harvard Business School as a Fulbright scholar, she founded TCK Workshop, an online education company that supports bilingual children to survive the social, cultural and academic challenges involved in international relocation. TCK is funded and incorporated in Japan and has rapidly grown to a popular online tutoring solution for 500+ students in thirty cities and twenty countries around the world. Being a TCK who finds both Japan and the US a semi-home, she hopes to increase the number of children who see the benefits of their TCK experience, and foster their cultural awareness and the ability to lead in diversity. She has TEDxFulbright talk on this topic.
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