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The readers will discover what are the basic characteristics and counseling skills effective with Third Culture Kids those who have spent the majority of their developmental years outside of their passport country. Product Details About the Author. About the Author Lois J.
However, if adult children of parents with career paths entirely different from each other but share the commonality of global or cross cultural mobility have found validation among one another in ways other identities or experiences do not, then it is not an imagined correlation. It should not be dismissed. Still, for those who are affected, it can impact many things in life. This is why the persons who know the impact of certain experiences should be experts of these experiences, rather than someone who never experienced them.
For my readers who may have thought or uttered statements similar to the above, I am not angry with you and do not hold anything against you.
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Questions from a place of curiosity are welcome, but please not from antagonism. I do not presume to know more than you about your life and the significance of your experiences. In return, I respectfully ask you to see how you cannot be the expert of my life experiences nor that of thousands of people who have benefitted from discovering they were not alone in our shared experiences.
For my readers for whom this may be new or more in-depth knowledge, I hope this will be somewhat informative for you. I appreciate your time in even reading this far and am grateful for any support for the TCK tribe. If, through your further discovery of other TCK topics, you find yourself relating to this identity, welcome to the tribe! For my readers who may fit the TCK definition, but do not necessarily relate to how global nomads have connected with one another around their TCK experiences, I am grateful to those who support us nonetheless.
Last but not least, for my readers who can relate to my experiences above, may the remainder of this article remind you that your voice is valuable and that you are not alone. To the early community leaders, artists, writers, researchers, speakers, educators and supporters out there, I would not even be here discussing this were it not for the hard work you have paved the trail with, which you blazed for us.
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TCKid is in the process of investigating this further. If this was not intentional, the parties involved may be wiling to resolve the issue. Although Ruth Useem, sociologist from Michigan State University, coined the term Third Culture Kids in , Dave was the person who translated it from an academic idea to making a difference in the lives of those who were living it.
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While living in Kenya near an international school in the s, Dave heard many common themes from the students he interacted with from that school. In time Dave, a master synthesizer of distilling these recurring themes into easily accessible models, created his landmark TCK Profile and one of the first models of transition which he simply called The Transition Experience. Dave traveled endlessly to schools and organizations, including the UN, trying to create awareness of this growing phenomenon occurring in our globalizing world.
He persisted in not only raising awareness, but offering concrete strategies for how parents and organizations could help children grow strong in the context of a cross-cultural and highly mobile childhood. He saw early on that issues related to internationally mobile families was a global topic, not just a Western one. By the end of his life, Dave was also focusing his attention on refugee communities, understanding that in living outside of their original cultures these children faced many of the same challenges as traditional TCKs did.
When my friends and I had the idea of organizing the first Families in Global Transition FIGT conference in , I called Dave to see if he would be willing to come and help us launch our dream. With less than eight weeks notice, he agreed and because he came, attendees came from many places to hear him and FIGT became reality. Dave was the plenary speaker for the first two conferences and did workshops for us regularly after that. In the end, Dave literally gave his life in and for the worldwide community he served so well.
In , although he did not feel well, Dave embarked on what was to be one more tour through Europe, Africa, and Asia. In one of his first stops in Vienna, he went from the stage at the American School to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with pancreatitis from a blocked bile duct. They performed surgery that night to remove the offending gallstone but the next morning he had a cardiac arrest and died 9 days later on Easter Sunday. The loss of such a thought-leader in our community staggered me. How would we all go on when he was such a strong, passionate, and visible advocate?
Why now? But if it dies, it produces many seeds. And so it has been. FIGT is one of those trees that has grown from the seeds Dave Pollock planted in not only me, but in so many who have been instrumental in helping it grow. All who have ever attended or gained from this organization are in a real sense tasting the fruit from one of the trees he helped to plant in this world. It is right that on the tenth anniversary of his death, we stop and give thanks as we remember a truly great man who shared his pastoral heart with the world.
Many of us will never be the same because of him. Thank you, David Pollock. And thanks to you, Betty Lou, and your family for sharing him with us and today we recognize your personal loss of husband, father, and grandfather as well as our communal loss.
Pollock Scholarship Fund in his honor and memory so that his contributions remain fresh in our minds — as they should. What was once a marginalized field of study or population identity has slowly been emerging out of the shadows with continued pioneering work. As such, significant milestones have occurred with the passing of each year.