Welcome to Danau Tanu’s online home

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 also the author of GROWING UP IN TRANSIT: The Politics of Belonging at an International School, which was written based on her doctoral dissertation.

Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School -  By Danau Tanu. Book cover (Asian Third Culture Kids)

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.

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

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GROWING UP IN TRANSIT will be released in paperback in December 2020. Also available in hardback and eBook.

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About the author – Danau Tanu

Danau Tanu, PhD, is the author of GROWING UP IN TRANSIT: The Politics of Belonging at an International School, which was written based on her doctoral research. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and recently won a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship through which she will commence her postdoctoral research on Tokyo’s Multicultural Youth at Waseda University in 2021.

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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

… a riveting read …

International Schools Journal

This book offers profound insights …

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

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 must-read for all leaders of international schools …

International Schools Journal

… a nuanced and evocative analysis of privilege …

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

… so original … ground-breaking…

Journal of Research in International 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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Blog

Third Culture Stories – a podcast by TCKs of Asia

TCKs of Asia has just launched our new podcast: Third Culture Stories! It’s where ‘Third Culture Kids’ share stories from Asia. We can experience the liminal in-between spaces of the third culture as a child in many ways – by growing up internationally, through education, being mixed, migration, international adoption and so on. Third Culture …

TCKs of Asia: A Foreigner in My Own Family. The hidden loss of language & intimacy

TCKs of Asia is back! For those who don’t know, I’ve been involved with a group of friends who run online forums for TCKs with some sort—any sort—of an Asian connection. Many of the themes we cover aren’t unique to TCKs of Asia but we had to call it something, right? Read on for more …

Structural racism in international schools: What do students think?

UPDATE 3/9/2020: The recording from the webinar is now available online here. I will be giving a talk about structural racism at international schools as seen through the eyes of Third Culture Kids (TCKs). It’s for a webinar series hosted by the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC). International educators are on …