Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century is a non-fiction book by Tanya Crossman, released in August 2016 by Summertime Publishing. See a list of sellers, read reviews, or view it on Expat Bookshop.
Over 200 million people currently live abroad; of these, more than 50 million are temporary residents, intending to return to their country of origin. Misunderstood explores the impact international life has on the children of such families – while they live overseas, when they return, and as they mature into adults. Similarities in their shared experiences (regardless of the different countries in which they have lived) create a safe space of comfort and understanding. Tanya Crossman introduces this space – the Third Culture – through the personal stories of hundreds of individuals.
In Misunderstood Tanya draws on a decade of experience working with TCKs in Asia, along with hundreds of interviews with TCKs around the world and an original survey of 744 TCKs. Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living abroad, Misunderstood will equip you with insights into the international experience, along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support.
Tanya has spent 17 years working with, and advocating for, Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Her research focuses on TCKs born after 1985 – those who grew up in the internet age. If this topic is new to you (or even if it isn’t!) a good place to begin exploring is Tanya’s explanation of what “Third Culture” is and why it matters to expat children – read it here.
Following publication of Misunderstood Tanya has been sought after internationally as a speaker and consultant. She offers a range of seminars aimed at international communities, especially international school students, teachers, parents, and support staff. Click here for more information on her main website.