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 is the first and only book that addresses structural racism within international schools.
About Danau Tanu's book
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.
Now out in Paperback!
GROWING UP IN TRANSIT is now out in paperback. Also available in hardback and eBook.
● to read the Introduction for free
● to read the 'teaser' article
● to read the Book Reviews