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Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds [Kindle Edition]

Ruth E. Van Reken , David C. Pollock
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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


Rich with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one’s “passport country” upon return. It profiles the personal challenges that TCKs experience, from feelings of rootlessness and unresolved grief to struggles with maturity and identity. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, this new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include “cross-cultural kids,” children of biracial or bicultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees, who are bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and “home.”


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well researched and professional 27. Dezember 2013
Von Daniel
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As a TCK myself, I was able to relate to just about everything written in this book. It didn't automatically solve my problems with re-integration into my passport (my parents') country but it helped me see that I am not alone and that what I going through is normal. It helped me understand my situation a little and encouraged me to keep at trying to adapt to this new culture.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that explains how I feel! 10. Februar 2013
Von Alene R. - Veröffentlicht auf
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I felt very alone until I found out there was a name for someone like me. This book is a must read for kids who have grown up in a culture and country different from their birth country. I met the author, David Pollock, at a Woodstock School (boarding school in India) reunion many years ago. He gave a talk about Third Culture Kids. I had never heard that term used before. It was a very moving experience to have him describe exactly how I felt. He absolutely understood me.

A person who has lived their entire life in one place has no idea the emotional turmoil of one who has lived their formative years in another country from their parents' (birth) country. I went through culture shock when coming home (to the U.S.) for college. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been through this experience. You will know you are not alone and it will help you to heal and understand your emotions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen TCKs - Fascinating population 30. April 2013
Von Buddha Baby - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is invaluable for anyone who is or cares about a third culture kid (TCK):  one who has "spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' cultures".  This experience is common to children of missionaries, parents who work for international corporations, foreign service, aid organizations, educators, media representatives, military service, or whatever takes them out of their home country for an extended period of time.  This TCK experience can also happen actually to children who remain in their home country but live in a different culture within it, e.g. those whose parents work on an Indian reservation in the U.S. while not being born to that culture.

Many of the differences the reader would probably be aware of, such as differences in eye contact, handshaking, pointing and other mannerisms.  I remember walking out of a training about Native American communication where we talked about the fact that direct eye contact can be a sign of disrespect to elders in that culture, and having a conversation with a young man who made no eye contact with me.  My whole body strongly said 
"he's lying or hiding something" - not to be trusted.  I could THINK all day long about those differences, but had to be sure to pay attention to the responses my body was having and not react based on my ignorance.  The authors of this book go more deeply into the effect these differences have on relationships, self-esteem, isolation, etc.  

Other issues addressed are, e.g. how does one form deep attachments with those around them when they know they are always separated eventually.  There is no payoff and lots of pain in forming attachments.

Another example of an unforeseen difficulty certainly is education. One Finnish young man grew up in Taiwan, and chose to complete his post-secondary education and med school in Chicago. English was spoken in all of his schooling and he would have had to compete with Finnish students who had been educated in Finnish to get into med school in his home country, and didn't think he would qualify.  He has realized it would be very difficult for him to EVER return to Finland to practice medicine.  He does not have a medical vocabulary in Finnish and would be looked down upon by his colleagues for having trained elsewhere.

Restlessness is not a small factor in the lives of TCKs as adults, regarding relationships, careers, and just living arrangements.  The norm is to migrate and they would need to look very carefully to determine if it was really time to leave or rather a need to work on the relationship or job and NOT leave.  The problem seems to manifest in either the extreme of needing change often, or not ever wanting change again.  One woman married a man with about 8 jillion stamps on his passport, thinking they would enjoy a lifetime of travel, only to discover that he never wanted to leave the country again.

This book does talk about the advantages of being a TCK also, altho some of those things are probably more well known.  Obviously an increased knowledge and experience base is  an advantage, along with some social skills developed from the need to meet new people.  What comes up for me is that that is the person I want in a staff meeting, able to bring different perspectives.  Also, a TCK often has a worldwide network of friends.  TCKs of course have their own culture with other TCKs when they get together, which can be very helpful for them.  

The authors look at both weaknesses and strengths that develop for many TCKs  and offers some helpful ideas for dealing with some of the grief and loss issues.  I personally found this book to be very interesting reading whether or not the reader has a personal interest in the issue.  5 out of 5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must 30. November 2011
Von Edvard M. Baardsen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Our adult children are fifth generation TCKs and I found this an excellent book that the whole family should read. I have given to my mother and adult children so that we all can understand each other a bit better. I have recognized myself in many of the pages of the book, and also see certain tendencies both good and challenging on my children as they now attend university.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic! 25. Juli 2011
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I am a TCK myself and the first time I read this book I cried and cried because I finally had a name for what I had experienced growing up and realised I wasn't alone -- I'm a Third Culture Kid and there are others like me! Re-reading it now is again an affirmation that I'm not the ugly duckling who doesn't fit anywhere. The authors do an excellent job outlining what goes into the making of a TCK and the different influences, benefits, and challenges we struggle with and delight in. I highly recommend this book to any TCK and anyone who loves a TCK or, in particular, parents a TCK.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Expat Life - The New Normal 4. Dezember 2012
Von Aneesah - Veröffentlicht auf
Third Culture Kids (TCK) remains a seminal text addressing the International expatriate experience from multiple perspectives. In writing this comprehensive body of work, David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken have made a valuable contribution to this growing multicultural trend and phenomena.

Particularly refreshing is the perspective that recognizes that the children raised within internationally mobile families are part of a unique cultural dynamic with its' own particular set of consequences. Readers will appreciate the thorough and extensive research presented in clear, insightful and practical ways.

Particularly useful is the focus that acknowledges the challenges that come with being globally mobile together with the practical and proactive strategies to empower Third Culture Kids and their families meet them. It is a valuable resource that will also help teachers, counsellors, managers and others working with multicultural and mobile families. Equally significant is the shift from a primary focus on deficits to one that appreciates the gifts and especially powerful interpersonal and intercultural skills that such children develop. The findings presented are provocative and challenge traditional notions of identity and "home".

This excellent book, written in an easy conversational style, rich in illustrations and relevant anecdotes, is presented in three parts: The Third Culture Kid Experience, The TCK Profile and Maximising the Benefits. Reluctant to create `labels', I approached this book, which was on my `to-read list' for 5 years, with ambivalence - an ambivalence that turned to relief, respect, reassurance and even delight. Even though at times, the great body of information filled into the 300 pages felt intimidating, I enthusiastically recommend this as a worthy and valuable read.
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While peers in their new (and old) community are internalizing the rules of culture and beginning to move out with budding confidence, TCKs are still trying to figure out what the rules are. They arent free to explore their personal gifts and talents because theyre still preoccupied with what is or isnt appropriate behavior. &quote;
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builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. &quote;
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They couldnt comprehend her world; she couldnt understand theirs. &quote;
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