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Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds [Format Kindle]

Ruth E. Van Reken , David C. Pollock
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Rich with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one’s “passport country” upon return. It profiles the personal challenges that TCKs experience, from feelings of rootlessness and unresolved grief to struggles with maturity and identity. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, this new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include “cross-cultural kids,” children of biracial or bicultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees, who are bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and “home.”

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In Third Culture Kids David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken 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 living abroad. Rich with real-life anecdotes from TCKs, this is one of the first books to fully examine the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity, and adjusting to one's "passport country" upon return. David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken give readers an understanding of the challenges and benefits of the TCK life and provide practical suggestions and advice on maximizing those benefits. TCKs and adult TCKs; parents, relatives and friends of TCKs; and the organizations that send them overseas will find this an invaluable resource. For many TCKs this book will be their first opportunity to discover that they share a common heritage with countless others around the world.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un livre incontournable sur le monde des TCK 24 décembre 2012
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On m’avait recommandé de lire ce livre. J’ai un peu pris mon temps avant de l’acheter. Mais une fois que je l’ai commencé, je n’ai plus pu le lâcher. Je l’ai lu d’une main, la seconde servant soit à surligner les passages essentiels soit à attraper un paquet de mouchoirs. Car lire l’ouvrage de Pollock et Van Reken, c’est comme tenir un miroir : les auteurs vous renvoient votre propre histoire familiale, passé et présente voire même future. Les nombreux témoignages de TCK renforcent ce sentiment d’empathie.
Apres avoir défini ce que recouvre la notion de « Third Culture Kid », les auteurs examinent en profondeur dans une première partie les caractéristiques de l’expérience TCK et ses conséquences sur le développement de l’enfant, de l’adolescent puis de l’adulte. Cette partie de l’ouvrage s’adresse d’une certaine manière directement aux enfants de la troisième culture. En lisant ces pages, ils comprendront mieux leurs dilemmes, leurs questionnements et leurs conflits internes.
La deuxième partie de l’ouvrage est une série de conseils visant à mettre à profit cette merveilleuse expérience qu’est celle des TCK. Ces derniers, leurs parents, les TCK devenus adultes, leur entourage familial et amical y trouveront une mine de conseils et de solutions pour mieux se comprendre ou aider ceux qui leur sont chers.
Ce livre sera donc d’une aide inestimable pour les enfants de la troisième culture et leurs parents mais aussi et surtout pour les professionnels du secteur de l’expatriation et les entreprises ou organisations qui envoient leurs employés et leurs familles vivre à l’étranger.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 14 avril 2011
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Excellent guide to bringing up your global nomad or third culture children. I learned I was doing somethings right by instinct and also what other actions to take to give our child a grounding when he moved around to 5 countries before he turned 15.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une référence? Oui. 30 juin 2014
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J'avais entendu parler de ce livre comme d'une référence en la matière, et c'est bien le cas.
Le livre offre un panorama assez complet des problématiques liées à l'enfant de troisième culture. Il date un peu par certains aspects, et les observations sont plus de l'ordre du sociologique que de la "vraie" étude scientifique", mais c'est un bon ouvrage de départ pour faire le tour de la question. Si l'on souhaite approfondir, des chercheurs ont réalisé des recherches plus méthodiques que l'on peut trouver dans les bases de données universitaires.
Je me suis longtemps demandé d'où venait ce mal être et comment y remédier, et ce livre m'a aidé à faire le point. Sans changer mes questionnements existentiels, il m'a aidée à leur trouver une explication et à les remettre dans un contexte plus global, et ça m'a fait beaucoup de bien.
Je l'ai transmis à d'autres personnes souffrant de ne pas pouvoir rentrer "à la maison", et je le recommande vivement à tous ceux qui portent en eux ce drôle de chagrin et qui se demandent où sont leurs racines !
Attention, le livre est en anglais !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book that explains how I feel! 10 février 2013
Par Alene R. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I felt very alone until I found out there was a name for someone like me. This book is a must read for kids who have grown up in a culture and country different from their birth country. I met the author, David Pollock, at a Woodstock School (boarding school in India) reunion many years ago. He gave a talk about Third Culture Kids. I had never heard that term used before. It was a very moving experience to have him describe exactly how I felt. He absolutely understood me.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 TCKs - Fascinating population 30 avril 2013
Par Buddha Baby - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is invaluable for anyone who is or cares about a third culture kid (TCK):  one who has "spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' cultures".  This experience is common to children of missionaries, parents who work for international corporations, foreign service, aid organizations, educators, media representatives, military service, or whatever takes them out of their home country for an extended period of time.  This TCK experience can also happen actually to children who remain in their home country but live in a different culture within it, e.g. those whose parents work on an Indian reservation in the U.S. while not being born to that culture.

Many of the differences the reader would probably be aware of, such as differences in eye contact, handshaking, pointing and other mannerisms.  I remember walking out of a training about Native American communication where we talked about the fact that direct eye contact can be a sign of disrespect to elders in that culture, and having a conversation with a young man who made no eye contact with me.  My whole body strongly said 
"he's lying or hiding something" - not to be trusted.  I could THINK all day long about those differences, but had to be sure to pay attention to the responses my body was having and not react based on my ignorance.  The authors of this book go more deeply into the effect these differences have on relationships, self-esteem, isolation, etc.  

Other issues addressed are, e.g. how does one form deep attachments with those around them when they know they are always separated eventually.  There is no payoff and lots of pain in forming attachments.

Another example of an unforeseen difficulty certainly is education. One Finnish young man grew up in Taiwan, and chose to complete his post-secondary education and med school in Chicago. English was spoken in all of his schooling and he would have had to compete with Finnish students who had been educated in Finnish to get into med school in his home country, and didn't think he would qualify.  He has realized it would be very difficult for him to EVER return to Finland to practice medicine.  He does not have a medical vocabulary in Finnish and would be looked down upon by his colleagues for having trained elsewhere.

Restlessness is not a small factor in the lives of TCKs as adults, regarding relationships, careers, and just living arrangements.  The norm is to migrate and they would need to look very carefully to determine if it was really time to leave or rather a need to work on the relationship or job and NOT leave.  The problem seems to manifest in either the extreme of needing change often, or not ever wanting change again.  One woman married a man with about 8 jillion stamps on his passport, thinking they would enjoy a lifetime of travel, only to discover that he never wanted to leave the country again.

This book does talk about the advantages of being a TCK also, altho some of those things are probably more well known.  Obviously an increased knowledge and experience base is  an advantage, along with some social skills developed from the need to meet new people.  What comes up for me is that that is the person I want in a staff meeting, able to bring different perspectives.  Also, a TCK often has a worldwide network of friends.  TCKs of course have their own culture with other TCKs when they get together, which can be very helpful for them.  

The authors look at both weaknesses and strengths that develop for many TCKs  and offers some helpful ideas for dealing with some of the grief and loss issues.  I personally found this book to be very interesting reading whether or not the reader has a personal interest in the issue.  5 out of 5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must 30 novembre 2011
Par Edvard M. Baardsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Our adult children are fifth generation TCKs and I found this an excellent book that the whole family should read. I have given to my mother and adult children so that we all can understand each other a bit better. I have recognized myself in many of the pages of the book, and also see certain tendencies both good and challenging on my children as they now attend university.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Expat Life - The New Normal 4 décembre 2012
Par Aneesah - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Third Culture Kids (TCK) remains a seminal text addressing the International expatriate experience from multiple perspectives. In writing this comprehensive body of work, David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken have made a valuable contribution to this growing multicultural trend and phenomena.

Particularly refreshing is the perspective that recognizes that the children raised within internationally mobile families are part of a unique cultural dynamic with its' own particular set of consequences. Readers will appreciate the thorough and extensive research presented in clear, insightful and practical ways.

Particularly useful is the focus that acknowledges the challenges that come with being globally mobile together with the practical and proactive strategies to empower Third Culture Kids and their families meet them. It is a valuable resource that will also help teachers, counsellors, managers and others working with multicultural and mobile families. Equally significant is the shift from a primary focus on deficits to one that appreciates the gifts and especially powerful interpersonal and intercultural skills that such children develop. The findings presented are provocative and challenge traditional notions of identity and "home".

This excellent book, written in an easy conversational style, rich in illustrations and relevant anecdotes, is presented in three parts: The Third Culture Kid Experience, The TCK Profile and Maximising the Benefits. Reluctant to create `labels', I approached this book, which was on my `to-read list' for 5 years, with ambivalence - an ambivalence that turned to relief, respect, reassurance and even delight. Even though at times, the great body of information filled into the 300 pages felt intimidating, I enthusiastically recommend this as a worthy and valuable read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic! 25 juillet 2011
Par etd - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a TCK myself and the first time I read this book I cried and cried because I finally had a name for what I had experienced growing up and realised I wasn't alone -- I'm a Third Culture Kid and there are others like me! Re-reading it now is again an affirmation that I'm not the ugly duckling who doesn't fit anywhere. The authors do an excellent job outlining what goes into the making of a TCK and the different influences, benefits, and challenges we struggle with and delight in. I highly recommend this book to any TCK and anyone who loves a TCK or, in particular, parents a TCK.
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