Looking for a book about third culture kids based on personal experience? In Home Keeps Moving, Heidi Sand-Hart shares her experience as a third culture kid. She wrote about how her life as a third culture kid and discusses issues many third culture kids face such as finding a sense of belonging and her search for a home. I asked her some questions:
Examiner: Trick question: Where are you from?
Everywhere and nowhere! My father is Norwegian, my mother Finnish, I was born in England and grew up in India, England and Norway. My parents met in London while working with the Asian community so my brothers and I were always surrounded by multiple nationalities and languages. Since leaving home, I have lived in USA, Canada, UK, Thailand and New Zealand (thus far!) and I’m now married to a New Zealander.
Examiner: How has being a TCK impacted your life? (positively and negatively)
Being a TCK has molded most aspects of my life. It was only when I became an ATCK that I realised the full extent of how I had been “ruined for the ordinary”. By having such an exciting and varied upbringing, I struggle to find my place in this world and settle anywhere for more than a year or two. I feel like I am always passing through and don’t perhaps commit as much as I could at times, to my current surroundings. Yet I love the knowledge gained and the ability to feel “at home” in the most bizarre corners of the globe; the ability to adapt quickly and relate to different cultures in an appropriate way. I have a strong desire to see more of this beautiful world and help as much as I can. There are so many positives to take from a TCK upbringing and if given the chance, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Examiner: What’s your book about?
My book, “Home Keeps Moving” is a more personal account of the challenges, experiences and perspectives of being a TCK. I searched for literature written by TCKs and came up with virtually nothing so I decided to write a book myself. It is a more personal approach to a subject that has, up until now, been mostly theoretical. Ruth E. Van Reken wrote a wonderful foreword and I have included contributions from other TCKs. There are stories from my own childhood and I hope my processing of the traditional TCK experience will help others who haven’t reached that stage yet. I don’t think there’s enough out there to validate, encourage and explain our strange yet wonderful breed of TCK so I have tried to do my bit!
Examiner: Where can other TCKs buy your book?
“Home Keeps Moving” is available on amazon.com or for a signed copy click here. For more background on Heidi (see “Behind The Early Years”) and to follow the book’s progress go to the home keeps moving’s blog.
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