From Joyce Bennett's "The Multicultural Self in the Intercultural World" session:
When we adapt…. We adapt a lot. Adapting to all those difference, then you realize one day when you wake up…. Who am I?
Living on the edge of two cultures.
“I will never be a part of these cultures… I will always be on the edge”
Being the dominant culture during the day and then going home to a different culture.
Bringing in your multi-cultural self to the office to gain more productivity
Impact of going overseas and then come back:
- The shocking find some people that hated going abroad and then came back with less cultural sensitivity
- When you go educate the person in that country the result is a lot more positive
- Getting people a safe place gives them more learning in that context – going to their “home” while they are abroad so they can compare notes
From Ruth Van Reken's "Teaching Locally, Thinking Globally: Helping School Educators Understand the Third Culture Kid Experience" session:
Academic learning may suffer if student doesn’t understand expectations of new school
What happens if educators don’t recognize these often hidden cross-cultural experiences among students?
- Social interactions may be misinterpretated
- Students can be shamed in many ways
o Stories may not be trusted
o May be accused of bragging
o Even teacher’s teasing can shame (story of DW)
- The wealth of what they know through life itself is lost to the class
- Child can be placed in wrong grade
- Learning disabilities may be overlooked
What are some obstacles to their awareness?
- Many teachers in local schools have not knowingly lived among different cultural worlds
- If acknowledged, TCKs may be seen as “elite few”
- Often cultural diversity of TCKs is invisible
- Old diversity models not adequate for today’s changing world
Immigrants are also having TCK-like experiences because they juggle between world
Educating teachers – tell the story by listening to the childrens’ story what they had to say and have them discuss amongst themselves so that every one can discuss where their story comes from
Diversity is not simply a difference in the visible layers of culture
How do you transition within your culture?
I'll be presenting again at this year's FIGT conference in Washington DC this week and I'll be taking notes, blogging, tweeting, posting pics, and maybe if I have time some vlogging too.
Here are my session descriptions:
Kitchen Table Conversations 1:
Building a TCK Community Through the Arts
Kitchen Table Alternatives 2:
Unleashing Your Creative Potential Through the Arts
I hope you check out Families in Global Transitions Conference and follow my live tweets @ahdancecompany (to follow other folks at the conference who will be live tweeting search for #FIGTConf)