Sunday, December 05, 2010

Quotes on Third Culture Kids

"Teenagers have a particularly hard time establishing themselves socially in a new environment because typical high-school culture encourages the exclusion of ‘unusual’ people. In contrast, overseas groups are often so small that everyone’s survival depends upon accepting new people who arrive."
—Karen McClure

"A TCK is always leaving or being left. Relationships are short-lived. Someone is always going home on furlough and friends leave. The end of the school year comes and a whole segment of the school population leaves to go home on furlough. And it’s not just the loss of this friend or that friend, but the loss of the entire group."
—Trans World Radio, Dave Pollock

"Global nomads are very good mediators. Whenever TCKs move into another culture, they become very good, objective observers. They’re like cultural sponges. Those skills translate into ideal requirements for combating racism and advancing social and refugee work."
—Norma McCaig, El Paso Times

"TCKs ‘incorporate pieces of different cultures into themselves and appreciate them, but there’s no sense of ownership—many are loners. They don’t belong, not even to the place on their passport.’"

—David Pollock, El Paso Times

"Mobility is a powerful force at an early age. The idea develops that nothing, including relationships, lasts forever. You become very adept at developing a deep relationship very quickly. But you also only go so deep."
—Norma McCaig, El Paso Times

"David Pollack also warned about the extra adjustments that are required when a TCK married a monocultural kid....if at all possible the couple should visit the country or countries which have been significant in the TCK’s life. The strong bonds that exist between TCKs is often threatening to their monocultural fiances or spouses..."

— Up the Ghat, M.C. Tegenfeldt

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