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Cross-cultural reading

Somewhere last October I tried to search for the roots of my unsettledness and something that could help me to understand what does it mean to travel between cultures and to live far away from those who matter to you. One day, jumping between posts of Nancy White and Beverly Trayner I’ve learnt about global nomads and TCK (Third Culture Kids) – those who grow up travelling between cultures as their parents move around the globe.

I spent a few hours then browsing through websites and book descriptions, fascinated how much I could learn there.

My first book was Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls (review). Since I’m in an intercultural relation anyway and it’s going to last I wanted to be prepared for the things to come (“food, friends, and other frustrations” as one of the chapters calls it ;). However, those were not that scary and many resolved or at least thought about…

Now I’m at Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds (review). This one is a thrilling journey of recognising own experiences, thinking over explanations of things I couldn’t understand myself and even being a bit scared of the challenges to deal with in the future. It focuses on the specific case (kids who grow moving between different cultures), but provides a good foundation for understanding much broader issues about cross-cultural experiences, mobility, identity, relation building…

I definitely see quite a few connections with my research and hopefully will blog about it (although recently my promises to blog are not very reliable 🙂

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2006/01/19.html#a1721; comments are here.

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