Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids

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Crossing borders and boundaries, countries and cultures, they are the children of the military, diplomatic corps, international business, education and missions communities. They are called Third Culture Kids or Global Nomads, and the many benefits of their lifestyle - expanded worldview, multiplicity of languages, tolerance for difference - are often mitigated by recurring losses - of relationships, of stability, of permanent roots. They are part of an accelerating demographic ...

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Overview

Crossing borders and boundaries, countries and cultures, they are the children of the military, diplomatic corps, international business, education and missions communities. They are called Third Culture Kids or Global Nomads, and the many benefits of their lifestyle - expanded worldview, multiplicity of languages, tolerance for difference - are often mitigated by recurring losses - of relationships, of stability, of permanent roots. They are part of an accelerating demographic that is only recently coming into visibility.

In this groundbreaking collection, writers from around the world address issues of language acquisition and identity formation, childhood mobility and adaptation, memory and grief, and the artist's struggle to articulate the experience of growing up global. And, woven like a thread through the entire collection, runs the individual's search for belonging and a place called "home."

This book provides a major leap in understanding what it's like to grow up among worlds. It is invaluable reading for the new global age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443833608
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

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Introduction Gene H. Bell-Villada Nina Sichel 1

Part 1 Foundations

Third Culture Kids Ruth Hill Useem Richard D. Downie 18

Cross-Cultural Kids: The New Prototype Ruth E. Van Reken 25

Raised in the Margin of the Mosaic: Global Nomads Balance Worlds Within Norma M. McCaig 45

Explaining Differences: TCKs and Other CCKs, American and Japanese TCKs Ann Baker Cottrell 57

Part 2 Reflections

Finding Home John Liang 80

Refraining Faith Eidse 92

Jubilee Charity Schellenberg 102

The Colors and Culture of Home Nancy Miller Dimmock 118

A Canary Sings on the Road to Athens Kathleen Daniel 132

Artist in Transit: A Fusion of Art and Identity Cathleen Hadley 152

Returning to my Parents' Foreign "Home" Emily G. Hervey 165

Continental Shifts Anna Maria Moore 180

Outsider Nina Sichel 196

Part 3 Explorations

Lemonade for the Gringa: Advice For and From Teenaged Global Nomads Patricia Linderman 210

Vignettes from Another Perspective: When Cultural Hierarchies Matter at an International School Danau Tanu 220

The Religious Lives of Adult Missionary Kids Nancy Henderson-James 232

Echoes of Loss: Long-term Grief and Adaptation among Third Culture Kids Kathleen R. Gilbert Rebecca J. Gilbert 246

Four Third Culture Kids: One Portrait Laila Plamondon 263

Memory, Language, and Identity: The Search for Self Liliana Meneses 278

Finnish Expatriate Families and Their Children: A Complementary Viewpoint Anu Warinowski 291

Domestic Students or Foreign? When U.S.-Global Nomads Return "Home" To College Bruce La Brack 313

Global Nomads: Cultural Bridges for the Future Alice Shu-Hsien Wu 332

Part 4 Reconfigurations

Documenting Mobility Maureen A. Burns 356

Khartoum Romeo, Delhi Juliet Greg Clinton 371

"I Know Who I Am" Leyla Rouhi 380

The Stranger Self: A Pattern in Narrative Elaine Neil Orr 391

On Jean Rhys, Barbara Kingsolver, and Myself: Reflections on a Problem That Has No Set Name Gene H. Bell-Villada 411

Colonial Mothers and Cosmopolitan Third Culture Kids: Doris Lessing's Under My Skin Alice Ridout 426

Checked Baggage: Writing Unpacked Elizabeth Liang 440

On Making BRATS Donna Musil 455

Part 5 End Paper

Le fran├žais Maya Goldstein Evans 475

Contributors 477

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