Psychologist and lecturer of Personal Development Santina Hovanessian recently reviewed Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), a collection of stories by TCKs and Global Nomads, edited by Gene H. Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel with Faith Eidse and Elaine Neil Orr.

“This book is a comprehensive resource on Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads. The authors start by giving an in-depth coverage on the background of TCK concept. Then personal experiences of Third Culture Kids are presented. These reflections make us realize that despite some universal notions about TCKs, every child constructs his or her experience uniquely. Especially interesting were the writings of sibling pairs who despite of growing in the same environment described different experiences. The third section of the book covers research on the TCK. The presented research raises important questions relating to TCK experience. From resiliency of TCKs to identity development to life choices and adaptability are important questions which this research addresses.  The final section relays eight essays of TCKs where they give insights on the way they reconfigure culture. One thing that is most notable in this book is that it involves TCKs from different cultures and backgrounds. It gives a true helicopter view on the global citizen from diverse perspectives. A must read for global migrants and everyone who touches their lives on the way.




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