International music project: A Summer’s Dream by Kaori Mukai

I have zero musical talent. So it’s been great fun to get to help Kaori Mukai shape the lyrics to her new single ‘A Summer’s Dream’.

NEW SINGLE – A SUMMER’S DREAM by Kaori Mukai! With the afterglow of summer in the air, just keep driving past the city lights chasing the warm breeze in the night. A new song for those who wish summer never ends.

Kaori is a Japanese singer but I met her at a small Japanese restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia a few years ago. She was the opening act for Hiroaki Kato, another awesome bilingual Japanese and Indonesian musician who I got to know, and was warming up for later that evening. I fell in love with her voice.

Kaori was living as an expat in Indonesia at the time. I loved the way she collaborated so closely with Indonesians and other musicians like Hiroaki who were genuine about wanting to engage across culture. She even put a jazz spin to the Doraemon song and sang it in Indonesian.

As someone who is mixed Indonesian and Japanese, I had grown up feeling as though Japan looked down on Indonesia. So, Kaori and her friends’ cross cultural, trilingual engagement (Japanese, Indonesian & English) between Indonesia and Japan spoke deeply to me.

And this time, I’m thrilled to get to participate in one of her projects even though I can’t sing for the life of me!

‘A Summer’s Dream’ by Kaori Mukai – Lyrics Video

A Summer’s Dream is an international, collaborative project between Japanese and Indonesian musicians. It’s got a Japanese City Pop feel to it and was created with those of us who wish summer never ends. Enjoy!

? Digital Single ▶ here

? Kaori MUKAI – A Summer’s Dream (Lyrics Video) ▶ On YouTube here

Music by Kaori Mukai
Lyrics by Kaori Mukai, Danau Tanu
Arranged by Roberto J., Kaori Mukai
Mixed & Mastered by Hisao Sasaki
Kaori Mukai (Vo.), Roberto J. (Pf.), Iwa-chan (Gt.), Yusuke Watanabe (Ba.), Dion Subiakto (Drs.)
Designed by @mongucci

AIELOC Book Club 2021 – Reading Growing Up in Transit

The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color is hosting a Book Club to read Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School.

All welcome.

Dates:

30 January, 6pm EST
27 February, 8am EST
27 March, 6pm EST

How do I join?

Click here to email AIELOC or write to aieloc2019 [at] gmail [dot] com

Where can I get a copy of the book?

If you don’t already have a copy of Growing Up in Transit, click here to get the paperback.

Note from Danau:

Don’t worry, I won’t be joining – that way you can critique the book all you want! 🙂

【大人になったTCK達がキャリアについて語る#1】〜TCKが文化人類学者になった話〜

大人になったTCK 帰国子女 ハーフ のクラブハウス・トーク 帰国子女 ハーフ のクラブハウス・トーク

Adult TCK Talks — A Spotlight on Career Paths
Episode #1: When a TCK becomes an Anthropologist
Event Language: Japanese

✴︎TCK(サードカルチャーキッズ)とは異文化を移動しながら育った人のこと?

祝‼️クラブ開設✨
大好評の「おとなになった帰国生」がTCKシリーズにリニューアル✨夜9時から10時まで。話し手の海外移動体験とキャリア変遷にフォーカスします。第1回話し手は文化人類学者のダナウ・タヌさん。

世代や職種を越えてつながることで、言語化されてこなかった「おとなTCK」の想いを集約し次の世代につなげます✨

✴︎TCKs (Third Culture Kids) are people who grew up mobile between cultural worlds ?

Club Launch on Clubhouse! ✨
The popular “Adult Returnees” series has been relaunched as the new TCK Series ✨ From 9PM to 10PM JST/Tokyo time. Our chats will be spotlighting the speaker’s experience of international mobility and career development. We’ll be welcoming Danau Tanu, an anthropologist, as our first speaker.

Our goal is to reach across generations and career paths to put into words the experiences of “adult TCKs”—and all the ambivalent feels that come with the territory—for the next generation.

AIELOC Book Club 2021 – Reading Growing Up in Transit

The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color is hosting a Book Club to read Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School.

All welcome.

Dates:

30 January, 6pm EST
27 February, 8am EST
27 March, 6pm EST

How do I join?

Click here to email AIELOC or write to aieloc2019 [at] gmail [dot] com

Where can I get a copy of the book?

If you don’t already have a copy of Growing Up in Transit, click here and get 25% off on the paperback.

Note from Danau:

Don’t worry, I won’t be joining – that way you can critique the book all you want! 🙂

TCK Vocations & Career—Spotlight Interview with Among Worlds magazine

I am feeling very grateful to be featured for the Spotlight Interview in the December issue of the third culture kid magazine, Among Worlds.

In this interview, I talk about how I felt like an immigrant kid while going to an international school because I was Western by day and Asian by night. I also talk about how I engaged with the term ‘third culture kids’, as well as the importance of paying attention to not just the ‘movers’ but the ‘stayers’ too in international schools and help TCKs connect with the local place where they live.

I am in incredibly good company no less! The December issue of Among Worlds focuses on TCK Vocations & Careers with articles by many established writers, coaches, and so on in the TCK world. Some articles are practical and others heartwarming.

Some offer tips for TCKs looking to build their careers. These might be especially useful for younger TCKs who are just starting out or those who feel ‘stuck’ in their careers. See the articles by:

  • Amanda Bates of The Black Expat,
  • Michael Pollock who is the co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds & Executive Director of Interaction International,
  • Tim Sandford, professional counselor & author of several books,
  • Jen Mohindra, a TCK coach

Other articles & poems in the issue touch upon our deeper longing for a vocation or ikigai (生きがい), as they say in Japanese, that expresses who we are.

  • Marilyn Gardner, public health expert & author,
  • Ute Limacher-Reibold, PhD, intercultural language consultant,
  • Rachel Hicks, writer, editor and poet,
  • Anna Oken, writer and poet

Hope you enjoy it!

Get a copy of the December issue of Among Worlds