Global Nomads: Cultural Bridges for the New Millennium (2001 Wu)
"An important tool for global nomads to better understand their story"
- Ruth Van Reken
"You try to take the best parts of every culture that you've been in, and you shape a culture of its own, and...that's more satisfying than to have to identify with just one. Especially today when there's more and more clash between people from different cultures, it becomes kind of a restriction, and maybe that's the best part of our culture, that it's not restrictive."
- Marianne, global nomad
Used by international high schools, universities and international associations including NAFSA: Association for International Educators, Global Nomads: Cultural Bridges for the New Millennium has been a resource for high student orientation, professional training, intercultural courses, university residence life and international student services departments.
Produced in May 2001 at Cornell University, Global Nomads was filmed on six college campuses with the assistance of panel organizers Norma McCaig, Julia Findlay, Ann Cottrell, Alfred Flores, Karen Edwards, and members of the Global Nomads Special Interest Group of NAFSA: Association for International Educators.
The video features experiences and insights of global nomad students from a variety of backgrounds, who discuss the benefits and challenges of having an internationally mobile upbringing. Topics explore transition and adjustment, cultural identity and marginality, friendships and relationships, commitments and roots, decision-making and developmental stages. The video includes implications of a globally mobile lifestyle, courses of action, and recommendations for various audiences.
One major resource for the field - a powerful work in which a group of both expatriate and repatriating students from five different academic institutions share the benefits and challenges of their heritage and their hopes for the future.
- Norma McCaig, founder, Global Nomads International
Alice Wu has once more done a masterful job of capturing the heart and soul of the Global Nomad experience through her use of interviews and discussions with those of many backgrounds and various nationalities. This video is an important tool not only for Global Nomads to better understand themselves, their story, and how to use it well , but is a great instrument for those who work with them as well. I recommend it highly!
-Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds
This video is succinct, poignant, and honest. It very accurately captures the complexity of this way of life and allows insights into the enriching life of a global nomad without glossing over the pain and heartache. It is an excellent resource for global nomads and those who wish to understand them a little better.
- Beate Killguss, Woman Abroad