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Port country upon return The authors give readers an understanding of the challenges and benefits of the TCK life and provide practical suggestions and advice on maximizing those benefits. Poetry this ain t It s written in the style of self help literature and it goes on and onBut I had one aha moment after the other as I was reading itIt describes precisely how I felt as a five year old with inadeuate 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 elseAnd 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 displeasureAnd it nails how bad it sounded to everybody when my partly French raised HungarianAmerican college roommate deplored the provincial attitudes of his peers from New JerseyThat 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 completeA shorter and less ambitious book would be much easier to recommend

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Third Culture Kids The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds

In this publication the authors explore the experiences of those who have become known as third culture kids TCKs children who grow up or spend a significant part of their childhood livin. This is the kind of self help book I would normally despise with simplistic language and basic contentWhy five stars thenBecause it is MY self help book I read it as part of pedagogical training for international school children in transition but after a few lines I started nodding compulsively I recognised every single issue and uestion raised in the book Every single one It was a book explaining me There are certain patterns that third culture kids develop as a reaction to their early exposure to a variety of different languages school systems traditions and social codes They learn to navigate a home world and a distinctly different school world with some embarrassments and cultural clashes being unavoidable They learn to handle repeated loss saying good bye to neighbours classmates and sports club friends just when they start feeling like one of them They learn to make friends uickly as they know they don t have enough time to wait for relationships to develop naturally And they learn to adapt to certain behaviours in record time They know how to blend out stress symptoms and how to play cool on the first day in a new school how to scan other kids for dress code clues and specific group dynamics They learn to change hobbies and accents to fit in They learn to be alone in phases of transition What they learn out of necessity eventually turns into something they need expect want for themselvesMoving becomes a state of mind When I grew up my life circled around the uestion Where next I get restless when I stay for an extended time in one place If I can t physically move I make sure to change within the community where I live Nothing disturbs me as much as unchanging stagnant situations Always looking for new impressions I follow the pattern of my childhood At the same time I feel sadness at having left so much behind having lost so many contacts having lost a sense of being rooted in a nationality a language a cultural identity This book explains that It explores the core of the chameleon that the third culture kid becomes On the last pages it took something away from me as well When I moved back to Sweden after decades abroad I developed a passionate rage against the Swedish mentality I struggled to identify with I thought it objectively had to do with Sweden being rotten and me being able to see it clearly because I knew there were better places until I read this book and had to admit I had become an internal immigrant expecting to fit in where I was a stranger just because I happened to speak the language and hold the passport of the country Nowadays I refer to Sweden as my passport country and Europe as my home and I am much less angry knowing what triggers my frustration a feeling of belonging but only partiallyRecommended to globetrotting teachers as a good introduction into international childhood experience and to grown up TCKs They are not misfits after all just trained with different codes

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G abroad The book is rich with real life anecdotes and examines the nature of the TCK kid experience and its effects on maturing developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one's pass. Gives a good overview of what a TCK is traits that define themchallenges they face and how they can be handledovercome It s not just for TCK s themselves but parents of such people those who want to know about TCK s and sponsoring companiesI started this book several times and read snippets One time I started it for a paper I ended up crying because I could relate to a lot of it and it made me feel lonely This time I got through it I still ended up crying during several parts of it but I m a bit heartened by it


10 thoughts on “Third Culture Kids The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds

  1. says:

    This is the kind of self help book I would normally despise with simplistic language and basic contentWhy five stars then?Because it is MY self help book I read it as part of pedagogical training for international school children in transition but after a few lines I started nodding compulsively I recognised every single issue and uestion raised in the book Every single one It was a book explaining me There are certain patterns

  2. says:

    Wow I finally get myself A good read although a bit repetitive and oddly organized at times Still a must read for anyone who has dragged thei

  3. says:

    This book read me like a bookWould highly recommend if you are a TCK or CCK Would still recommend if you aren’t one

  4. says:

    Don't fit into your little white upper class suburb that everyone thinks is totally happening? Identify with a culture that is not your own? Need to get out of town every week? Keep wondering where you will go next

  5. says:

    Gives a good overview of what a TCK is traits that define themchallenges they face and how they can be handledovercome It's not just for TCK's themselves but parents of such people those who want to know about TC

  6. says:

    If you need a comfy sofa 15 minutes a stiff drink and an indulgent listener to give justice to the uestion Where are you from? then this is the book for you Also for people raising cross cultural children Highly recommended

  7. says:

    Poetry this ain't It's written in the style of self help literature and it goes on and onBut I had one aha moment after the other as I was reading itIt describes precisely how I felt as a five year old with inadeuate English at the American Community School in Athens because I was uncomfortable with my language skills I en

  8. says:

    A startling book that was a complete eye opener helping me realise that I’m an adult third culture kid ATCK through and through If you’ve

  9. says:

    I wish I could read this book to my 15 year old self Wow those were some dark times and with this book everything fell into place A cathartic read almost

  10. says:

    My husband and I have decided that we really need to make a practice of reading this book at the start of each year or maybe every other year We had a lot of great conversations together from reading it I have been very humbled and have stood corrected continually as the authors have thoroughly unpacked the com