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Third Culture Kids 3rd Edition: Growing up among worlds Paperback – September 5, 2017
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PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION:
"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 Obamas Special Envoy to Sudan
"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 Burrus, Ph.D., CEO of MKB Conseil & Coaching and author of Global Nomadic Leaders: How to Identify, Attract, and Retain Them
"Visionary, bold, and embracing. This may be the first book ever that hasn't left a single person out."
―Dr. Douglas W. Ota, author of Safe Passage: How Mobility
"In today's globalized and highly mobile world, the lessons to be learned from this new edition of Third Culture Kids transcend mere cultural enlightenment about a unique group of individuals growing up between worlds. This book is timelier than ever, and should be essential reading for parents anywhere in the world raising cross-cultural children."―Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World
"This revised edition of Third Culture Kids opens up the topic of cultural hybridization in new and exciting ways. By recognizing similarities between TCKs, children from bi/multicultural parentage, children of immigrants, those who live on or near borderlands,international adoptees and those forced into geographic and cultural transition through war and/or famine, the author puts her finger on one of the most interesting, complex and potentially most liberating aspects of our increasingly globalizing society. This book opens up hope for dialogue, empathy, mutual learning and ultimately the joyful acceptance of the diversity in us all."―Marc Levitt, storyteller, educator, and creator of www.thirdculturestories.com
"The additions on parenting of TCKs added to this seminal book are life-changing. Though I own the first and second editions I need this one too. I wish I had read it before our TCKs became teenagers."
―Jo Parfitt, publisher, Summertime Publishing, author of Career in Your Suitcase and founder of the Families in Global Transition Writing Residency Program
"When I read this book I understood why it was so special. I realized that I finally belonged somewhere... Knowing that I was a Third Culture Child, that other people experienced the same thing, was a sort of liberation."―Amel Derragui, founder of TandemNomads.com
"Ruth's writings consistently set a high bar in any discussion or writing on Third Culture Kids. The added value of this new edition is the inclusion of the thoughts of David's son, Michael. This makes it even more valuable, as the reader is able to catch a glimpse of the thoughts and reflections of the next generation."―Lois J. Bushong, Author of Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile
"This has been the single-most influential book in the field of personal intercultural transitions, drawing its audience both from individual TCKs who read it for self-discovery and the professionals who study and support them. With this important third edition, the authors continue their perceptive analysis. Written in an engaging style that crosses disciplinary bridges, there's critical information here for TCKs (at any point in their self-awareness) and the parents, researchers, educators, counselors and administrators who are cheering them on."―Anne P. Copeland, PhD Executive Director, The Interchange Institute
About the Author
Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent.
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- A bit dry in the beginning.
- Has stories sprinkled throughout the book.
- Great practical suggestions on how to make transitions from country to country.
- Section about making choices about education overseas.
- Section about repatriating.
- Gives resources if you want to connect with other ex-pats.
*** The Kindle version: Although it needs a better edit, it isn't nearly as bad as another reviewer made it out to be. (Goodness! When I'm limited to only being able to ship 7,400 lbs, Kindle books saves room for more homeschooling books!)
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.
Top international reviews
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!!!