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On social media, Danau Tanu claims to be an ‘Anthropologist for all things Third Culture Kid’.

To the more serious breed, Danau is an academic researcher who holds a PhD in anthropology. She is author of GROWING UP IN TRANSIT: The Politics of Belonging at an International School.

Growing Up in Transit by Danau Tanu - in paperback poster

GROWING UP IN TRANSIT is the first and only book that addresses structural racism within international schools.

About Danau Tanu's book - Growing Up in Transit

International schools shape the identities and worldview of millions of young minds across the globe today. Many boast of having a diverse student body and claim to promote 'global citizenship'. Yet, these schools are often Western centric.

At thirty-something, I went back to high school to write a book about people who are popularly referred to as ‘Third Culture Kids’ or ‘global nomads.’

I wanted to probe the contradiction between the celebrated image of ‘global citizens’ and the economic privilege that makes their mobile lifestyle possible.

I was also interested in exploring the voices among this population that had yet to be heard.

Danau Tanu in GROWING UP IN TRANSIT

The cultural legacies of colonialism work in these schools through the English language. Perceptions of race, culture and class continue to shape popularity, friendships and romance on campus.

GROWING UP IN TRANSIT tells the story of the students' struggles with identity, belonging and internalized racism in their own words. It is written based on Danau's doctoral research.

Growing Up in Transit by Danau Tanu next to Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

Now out in Paperback!

GROWING UP IN TRANSIT is now out in paperback. Also available in hardback and eBook.

LEARN MORE:
● to read the Introduction for free
● to read the 'teaser' article
● to read the Book Reviews

About Danau Tanu

Danau Tanu is a published author and holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia . She is waiting to start her postdoctoral research at Waseda University on Tokyo’s Multicultural Youth as soon as the pandemic ends.

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Reviews of Growing Up in Transit

“This ground-breaking book offers a foundation for studies in the new generation of international schools.’ • Journal of Research in International Education

“[A] riveting read … Danau Tanu delivers an exceptional, genuinely interesting, thought-provoking account … a must-read for all leaders of international schools.’ • International Schools Journal

… so original … ground-breaking…

Journal of Research in International Education

… a must-read for all leaders of international schools …

International Schools Journal

… a nuanced and evocative analysis of privilege …

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

This book offers profound insights …

Ruth Van Reken
Co-author of 'Third Culture Kids'

well‐written and engaging book … fresh analytical perspectives

Social Anthroplogy

… a riveting read …

International Schools Journal

The author’s unique experience growing up as a Third Culture Kid enabled her to breathe life into the ethnographic data …

Asia Pacific Journal of Education

[A] nuanced and evocative analysis of privilege.’ • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“The author’s unique experience growing up as a Third Culture Kid enabled her to breathe life into the ethnographic data.' • Asia Pacific Journal of Education

“This book offers profound insights on how class and race can play out among globally mobile children. I highly recommend it.' • Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

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Photo of the world map (originally with North America at the top) by Christine Roy on Unsplash.

As featured in a Textbook

Oxford IB Theory of Knowledge Course Book

for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme

Oxford IB textbook showing Growing Up in Transit
Oxford IB Diploma Programme: IB Theory of Knowledge Course Book, pp. 97-98

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