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'This terrific and substantial volume is a vital step in clarifying the experiences, gifts, and struggles of those who grew up around the world, or with those who grew up elsewhere. I can t wait to teach with it.' --Wendy Laura Belcher, PhD, Professor of Literature, Princeton University

'Well-grounded in classical perspectives and new visions of what it means to live in an intercultural world, the book offers a wonderful array of memoir, research, interviews, theory and even poetry. There s something for everyone here!' --Anne P. Copeland, PhD, Director, The Interchange Institute

'The selections here, varied as they are, share the quiet, profound, and rich experiences of people writing on the most innocent years, transcendent of cultural boundaries. Reading this book is a travel across the globe with an impressive group of worldly citizens.' --Morten Ender, PhD, Professor of Sociology, United States Military Academy at West Point

'Well-grounded in classical perspectives and new visions of what it means to live in an intercultural world, the book offers a wonderful array of memoir, research, interviews, theory and even poetry. There s something for everyone here!' --Anne P. Copeland, PhD, Director, The Interchange Institute

'The selections here, varied as they are, share the quiet, profound, and rich experiences of people writing on the most innocent years, transcendent of cultural boundaries. Reading this book is a travel across the globe with an impressive group of worldly citizens.' --Morten Ender, PhD, Professor of Sociology, United States Military Academy at West Point

About the Author

Gene H. Bell-Villada, born in Haiti of US parents, was raised in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Venezuela. A professor of Romance Languages at Williams College (Massachusetts), he is the author or editor of ten books, including a TCK memoir, Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics (2005). Nina Sichel is co-editor, with Faith Eidse, of Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global (2004), the first collection of memoirs by Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads. Raised among expats in Venezuela, she relocated many times as an adult, and currently leads memoir and guided writing workshops near Washington, DC.
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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443833606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443833608
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Benedict on April 5, 2012
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Growing up in another culture other than one's own is not new. The world has a long history of diasporas and migrations of all kinds, and along with these goes many a told or untold story of the experience of the children who were taken along as members of the family. But within the time frame of the two World Wars in the Twentieth Century, and especially on the heels of WWII, a new awareness of such experiences as a wide-spread phenomenon with patterns all its own began to emerge. Expressions of what seemed to be unique and isolated experiences appeared, but without a conscious effort to label what they were writing about as a collective global experience. It acquired attention as an identifiable phenomenon slowly. Perhaps around 1990, one or more terms began to surface as a conscious attempt to label this experience: TCK (Third Culture Kids), GN (Global Nomads), as well as others were suggested. Much later, in 2008 or so, Gene H. Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel, two people who had lived and written about the experience , met and exchanged thoughts. Out of this meeting the idea of a focused attempt to learn more about it grew into a panel at a Modern Language Association (MLA) annual conference. It eventually produced this anthology.
The book is over 400 pp. long, and includes writers who know their trade. Essays on the foundation of the phenomenon, sociological studies, artful and sensitive reflections, memoirs, and more fill these pages. Definitions and analogies are not only extensively drawn up, but also personal narratives help to fill in the personal meaning of the experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Liang on February 28, 2012
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This wonderful book is a "must read" for every parent, teacher, businessperson, volunteer and teenager who travels the world. Dealing with new cultures, while also handling the grief over the loss of a former home, can be a major challenge that can be met, as attested to by the authors, with humor and love and pride. I have read and re-read Writing Out of Limbo and learn more every time.Writing Out of Limbo: The International Childhood Experience of Global Nomads and Third-Culture Kids
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To steal an artful phrase by Anna Maria Moore, one author in this remarkable essay collection, the volume itself is "a collection of... passports...filled with stamps blurred by hands thumbing through them in customs offices" around the globe.

Here, the editors have successfully combined personal essays and scholarly articles from Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) and other Global Nomads to form a guidebook of sorts. This guidebook teaches and explains life lived in a globally-mobile sense: multiple cultures, multiple languages, frequent departures and separations. To live this way presents a complex set of challenges, and one byproduct is often a sense of alienation. The collection helps answer the questions: Where is home when your country isn't your country? Who are your people when no one around you has lived as you have lived?

It also helps explain the tax and toll struggling with this question can take on the psyche. For example, in my favorite scholarly essay in the collection, Memory, Language, and Identity: The Search for Self, Liliana Meneses explains that memories imprint based on the language associated with them; communicating in a language other than his mother tongue, a multilingual person might be unable to recall or recount early life events. The admirable adaptability of Third Culture Kids as adults is a direct result of this challenging upbringing. As Moore explains it, after four decades and five continents, she has become "a wild strawberry plant."

This is the most beautiful accomplishment of this collection: the essays weave together to tell the stories of multiple people who took on the struggles in a way that made them grow and change.
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