Third Culture Kids in Japan
- We are a mix. We are many. And yet, we are one -
On December 5th we welcome four high school students from an international school in Tokyo, who will speak about and share their experiences of growing up in an international environment in Japan. There will be a panel discussion after the presentations from the students, where we will discuss multicultural issues and life in Japan.
Come and join us for a lively evening of discussion! There will be a free dinner reception after the event, which all are welcome to join.
School and student profiles:
Hinako, a Japanese living in Japan doesn't seem quite different in the first glance, but the KIST IB curriculum that had taught her since she was in kindergarten makes her wonder sometimes: what does it mean to be a Japanese?
Marlinah is what you call a 'half'. A Japanese mother and a German father. But to her, she's more than that. She's not half, she's both.
Jihye is a Korean who lived longer in Japan, English being her most comfortable language. And sometimes, it can feel empty to be in between.
Varsha has lived traveling back and forth Japan and India. Moving back and forth has its own perks--picking up the good from what two different culture has to offer.
K. International School Tokyo (KIST) was founded in 1997 as a private, co-educational, non-denominational day school serving the international community of Tokyo from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. KIST is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and delivers its educational program through the International Baccalaureate (IB) which provides independent international curriculum frameworks: the Diploma Programme (DP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Approximately 660 students, representing around 50 nationalities, currently attend KIST. A very high percentage of students have dual nationality. English is the language of instruction at all levels of the school.
KIST offers a variety of extracurricular activities including sports, performing arts, Model United Nations (MUN), community services such as Habitat for Humanity (HFH) and Teaching and Sharing Skills To Enrich Lives (TASSEL).