Dec 24th, 2018
When you consider that, according to the U.N., there are over 250 million people living outside of their country of legal residence, it's pretty shocking that there hasn't been very much social research conducted on them. This week's guest, Tanya Crossman, is one of the people trying to change this. 2 years ago she vented her curiosity and frustration at the lack of scientific literature on the subject into a large study of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) that became her revealing book, Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas In the 21st Century. In it, she explores the attitudes of Millennials who have grown up as TCKs,and uncovers some surprising trends, including the fact that 85%-90% of adult TCKs have a positive feeling about their childhood and that kids being raised overseas have more in common, and share more common cultural milestones, with other kids being raised overseas -no matter where they're living or where their parents are from- than they do with kids being raised in their "home culture," or even their parents! These trends, and the overall growth of the global migrant population, are direct challenges to traditional notions of things like home, patriotism and the very concept of a national identity being defined by one's citizenship within a nation-state.
Find Tanya's book, Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas In the 21st Century, here: https://tinyurl.com/Misunderstood-Book
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