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Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds Paperback – March 26, 2001
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About the Author
David Pollock has worked with third culture kids and adult TCKs for more than twenty years.Ruth Van Reken knows intimately the world of living in a culture and country not your own, for her missionary kid childhood and as a parent and grandparent of TCKs.
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The focus is on children of diplomats, missionaries, oil workers and military children, but the book has application for anyone who has spent enough time in another country to adapt some foreign ways. It isn't just children, it is the broadening experience of having your cultural identity challenged, recognizing new ways of dealing with problems, coming to the understanding that none of us has it entirely right, and that we can all learn from one another.
I have bought this book multiple times. I keep giving it away to people who love it. There is a whole world out there of young people growing up with a larger view, due to their more international upbringing. Much of their life, they feel alien. They learn different coping mechanisms - and they become very good at recognizing one another.
After reading this book, I realize there is nothing wrong with me. The first time I read this book, I laughed and cried. It brought up so many emotions within me. I finally realized I was not alone in what I was feeling. If you are a fellow TCK, or a parent of a TCK you absolutely must read this book!!!
We knew we had a special heritage but did not realise some of the feelings and emotions we both felt were "normal" and common for anyone spending time outside their home culture.
This book helped explain how our experiences could have an impact on our lives, and why we have such strong feelings and attachment for the countries we lived in as children. It also touches on the impact being in the military can have on families.
Recommended reading for anyone who has experienced living in a third culture.