The Kawa Model in Research: Exploring a Third Culture Kid’s Experience

This video was created for the first Kawa International Symposium at Tokyo University of Technology, on the 17th of June 2014.

 

References:

  • Adriansen, H.K. and Madsen, L.M. (2009) ‘Studying the Making of Geographical Knowledge: The Implications of Insider Interviews’, Norwegian Journal of Geography, 63(3), pp. 145-153
  • Pollock, D.C. and Van Reken, R.E. (2009) Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. London: Nicholas Brealy Publishing
  • Sears, C. (2011) ‘Integrating Multiple Identities: Narrative in the Formation and Maintenance of the Self in International School Students’, International Journal of Research in International Education, 10(1), pp. 71-86, DOI: 10.1177/1475240911399262
  • Zilber, E. (no date) ‘Mobility in Metaphor: Colourful Descriptions of Third Culture Kids’, International Schools Journal

 

For more information, see my 24 Hour Virtual Exchange (2014) presentation here.

Advertisements

Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition

Here is the link to the recording of my presentation for this year’s Occupational Therapy 24-our Virtual Exchange (#otvx13): ‘Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition’, which I presented virtually, in my onesie on 26th October 2013. The abstract is available on the OT4OT site. My presentation starts about halfway through, following Kerstin Gadsten’s powerful presentation about shedding a disability label.

If you’re having trouble with the link above (a lot of people are), try this link, and with a different browser

I’ve also uploaded my slides to SlideShare (we had an upload error on the day), which can be viewed below.

References

Bell-Villada, G.H. and Sichel, N. (2011) ‘Introduction’ in Bell-Villada, G.H., Sichel, N., Eidse, F. and Orr, E.N. (eds) Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 1-16

Cockburn, L. (2002) ‘Children and Young People Living in Changing Worlds: The Process of Assessing and Understanding the Third Culture Kid’, School Psychology International, 23(4), pp.475-485

Cottrell, A.B. (2002) ‘Educational and Occupational Choices of American Adult Third Culture Kids’ in Ender, M.G. (ed) Military Brats and Other Global Nomads: Growing Up in Organization Families. Westport: Praeger Publishers. pp. 229-253

Linderman, P. (2011) ‘Lemonade for the Gringa: Advice For and From Teenaged Global Nomads’ in Bell-Villada, G.H., Sichel, N., Eidse, F. and Orr, E.N. (eds) Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 210-219

Pollock, D.C. and van Reken, R.E. (2009) Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Van Reken, R.E. (2011) ‘Cross-Cultural Kids: the New Prototype’ in Bell-Villada, G.H., Sichel, N., Eidse, F. and Orr, E.N. (eds) Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 25-44

Walters, K.A. and Auton-Cuff, F.P. (2009) ‘A Story to Tell: the Identity Development of Women Growing Up as Third Culture Kids’, Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 12(7), pp. 755-772

Wu, A.S. (2011) ‘Global Nomads: Cultural Bridges for the Future’ in Bell-Villada, G.H., Sichel, N., Eidse, F. and Orr, E.N. (eds) Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 332-353

Announcement: #ot24vx Presentation

The schedule for this year’s 24 hour virtual exchange has been published. This year’s topic is ‘Transition’, and I’m very excited to (finally) be able to tell you all:

I’m going to presenting this year on my experience of being a(n adult) third culture kid.

A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, without having full ownership of any.

Pollock and Van Reken (2009) pg. 13

I will be sharing elements of my narrative, using the metaphor of a river (kawa) – expect embarassing photos! But, being the geek that I am, I will also be incorporating bits of theory and research.

I’ve been writing a blog post on the topic, and hope to have it finished in time (this may depend on how hectic this current life transition of moving house/city and starting a new job is).

This event will be a first for me in many ways:

  • My first time presenting at an international conference.
  • My first time presenting at a virtual conference.
  • And, possibly most importantly: My first time speaking publicly in a onesie.
IMG_3940
Photo Credit: ElysiaP (Flickr)

I hope to see you all there! (It’s virtual, and on a Saturday)