Monday, November 17, 2008

Goodbye Norma McCaig - Founder Of The Term 'Global Nomad'

Hi Everyone, Some very sad news: Norma McCaig, who coined the term 'global nomad' in 1984 and tirelessly raised awareness of TCKs (Third Culture Kids), passed away last week in her home in Reston, Virginia, US, due to complications from cancer.

Norma once said: "Global nomads are very good mediators. Whenever TCKs move into another culture, they become very good, objective observers. They’re like cultural sponges. Those skills translate into ideal requirements for combating racism and advancing social and refugee work."
Source: Brice at tckid

"Norma's ground-breaking work in this field, which she began in the 1980s, inspired so many of us. She will be missed not only by those lucky enough to have known and worked with her, though, but also by thousands of children who grew up as global nomads never knowing that it was Norma who had given words and a voice to their unique lives."
Source: Robin Pascoe, The Expat Expert, ExpatExpertBlog

"Now, with three major pioneers of this field gone…Ruth Hill Useem, Dave Pollock, and Norma J McCaig…the greatest honor for them all is that each of you in the ‘next generation” build on their gift to us all and continue to see how to take lessons learned and help find ways to bring new understanding of how our global changes affect children everywhere and of all backgrounds."
Source: Ruth van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids, on tckid

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just heard about Norma McCraig and would like to extend my condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

We run an online magazine and social network, The Voice of Global Nomads. We connect global nomads and help them stay in touch. We talk about global culture and economics seen from a more human perspective.

We would like to see Norma's work continued.

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