- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2 edition (24 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857885252
- ISBN-13: 978-1857885255
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds Paperback – 24 Sep 2009
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Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of 'Third Culture Kids'. (Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. USAF (RET), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan)
As an adult TCK, I have long wrestled with how I fit into this world. This book is the 'bible' for anyone who wants to understand the blessings and the curses of growing up multiculturally. (Wm. Paul Young, author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller The Shack)
I called the first edition of Third Culture Kids 'absolutely brilliant'. This revised edition continues to earn that acclaim. It's a powerhouse of a book through which readers growing up 'among worlds'--and their parents and the professionals responsible for their care and teaching--become able to take leadership of the challenges and opportunities presented by such a rick and complex childhood. (Barbara F. Schaetti, Ph.D., Transition Dynamics, second generation dual national Adult TCK and lead author of Making a World of Difference)
Because Third Culture Kids have been exposed to other cultures in significant ways and have experienced multiple transitions while growing up, it's in their DNA to thrive within the pace and nature of globalization. This book is a must to understand the challenges TCKs face and the unique skills they can leverage as global leaders. (Katrina Burris, Ph.D., CEO of MKB Conseil & Coaching and author of Global Nomadic Leaders: How to Identify, Attract, and Retain)
For more than a decade, Third Culture Kids has been the authority on "TCKs" - children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel and others who live and work abroad. It reveals the hidden diversity in our world and shows us how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable.See all Product description
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The book is comprehensive and deals with all aspects of how this affects the child and the Adult TCK too. I was particularly encouraged to read about the constant 'grieving' which TCK's find they live in and the affect of the ultra mobile lifestyle in terms of the lack of 'rootedness'. Both aspects that have plagued my life for many years!
A good book, but tends to be a bit too generic! Not everything that we are landed with is the result of living as a TCK!
Also i should say that not everything that stems from being a TCK is negative. The ability to make friends quickly, navigate around new places and discover common traits in any group of people are all good positive traits that this sort of upbringing instills into TCK's!
And as the new President of the USA is an AdultTCK I am in good company!!!
But I had one "aha" moment after the other as I was reading it.
It describes precisely how I felt as a five-year-old with inadequate English at the American Community School in Athens: because I was uncomfortable with my language skills I ended up befriending the other marginalized kids. When my mom volunteered to be a "tour guide for a day" the only two suspended kids in the whole class were in my group of five friends. I was OK academically, indeed the school pushed me up a grade, but my parents did precisely what this book says they should do: they pulled me out so I could get a fresh start somewhere else.
And it anticipates my dismay when my Greek-dad / Japanese-mom son answered "England" when I asked him if he was supporting Greece or Japan at the recent World Cup (and admonishes me about as much as my wife did for having shown my displeasure)
And it nails how bad it sounded to everybody when my partly French-raised Hungarian/American college roommate deplored the provincial attitudes of his peers from New Jersey.
That said, it's mainly a book about the sons and daughters of American missionaries, diplomats and army personnel who were stationed outside America. Them it covers comprehensively. Everybody else is in there just to make the book more complete.
A shorter and less ambitious book would be much easier to recommend.
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