Duo online lecture: Mobile, multicultural children growing up between countries and cultures - “It is not about traveling – it’s about life”

M.Ed. Doctoral researcher Saija Benjamin
to 8.10. klo 13.00 – 13.30

Please note: the lecture starts at 01:40.

Growing up in a multicultural family is one thing, growing up as a child of immigrant parents is another. In both cases questions like ‘who am I’ and ‘where do I belong’ become important in adolescence. Most often identity is finally built somewhere in between the two home countries and cultures.

But what kind of identity challenges faces a child, whose family is both multicultural AND internationally mobile? When the family moves every couple of years, where do the children’s roots grow? Whereas immigration normally happens between two countries, multi-migrant children have no specific place of departure and no place of permanent settlement. Moving and huge life changes become a part of normal life. Where does the child belong if there’s no ‘home country’ in the traditional sense?

This Duo online lecture explores the lived experiences of internationally mobile, multicultural youth. It gives an idea of what it is to grow up navigating between different countries, cultures and languages - when life is about leaving and restarting, living far away from all relatives and saying good-bye to new friends.

The lecture is organised by Duo for Intercultural Families in cooperation with the Family Federation. More information about Duo and intercultural families: en.duoduo.fi

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Lecturer Saija Benjamin, M.Ed., is a doctoral researcher and a mother of a multicultural, internationally mobile family

adolescence, cultures, growing up, identity, multicultural family, two home countries

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  • 13:02 Elli-Väestöliitto Welcome to Duo's online lecture!
  • 13:02 Elli-Väestöliitto We are now testing the sound and video. Do you see and hear well?
  • 13:03 jesscat audio and sound all good :)
  • 13:04 jesscat haha audio AND sound... whoops, video!
  • 13:04 Elli-Väestöliitto Thank you Jesscat!
  • 13:04 Elli-Väestöliitto =)
  • 13:05 Elli-Väestöliitto You can ask questions and make comments about the topic of the lecture by writing them to the chat field. The lecturer will answer to your questions at the end of the lecture.
  • 13:07 sini unfortunately I dont see and hear the video..
  • 13:13 Elli-Väestöliitto If you have some technical problem; use different browser (Chrome). It might be difficult to follow the lecture by mobile.
  • 13:35 Elli-Väestöliitto Kysymyksiä voi esittää myös suomeksi. =)
  • 13:36 Millah Luento ei näy IPadillä.
  • 13:38 jjdenier I am a third culture kid (now in my 40's)but spent most of my youth in Southern Africa before going to Europe. Even in Africa I was different because my parents are both from Europe and instilled in me some of the their values and norms. As a result I never really fit into Europe. My wife is a third culture kid as she spent 7 years of her childhood in East Africa before returning to Finland. For her it has always been difficult to make lifelong friends because of this moving around during critical times in childhood development. Now we have our own children and though we live in Finland we try to teach our kids about their African roots and would like them to develop some sort of connection to where I, and partly my wife, come from
  • 13:38 Elli-Väestöliitto Millah: näin voi olla. Luentotallenne jää Perheaikaa.fi -sivulle ja on sieltä nähtävissä iltaan mennessä.
  • 13:38 Millah Ok, kiitos.
  • 13:39 Elli-Väestöliitto The lecture is recorded and can be watched from both Duo's website (en.duoduo.fi) and Perheaikaa.fi after the lecture.
  • 13:41 Luna-Kahden kulttuurin perheet jjdenier commented: I am a third culture kid (now in my 40's)but spent most of my youth in Southern Africa before going to Europe. Even in Africa I was different because my parents are both from Europe and instilled in me some of the their values and norms. As a result I never really fit into Europe. My wife is a third culture kid as she spent 7 years of her childhood in East Africa before returning to Finland. For her it has always been difficult to make lifelong friends because of this moving around during critical times in childhood development. Now we have our own children and though we live in Finland we try to teach our kids about their African roots and would like them to develop some sort of connection to where I, and partly my wife, come from
  • 13:41 jesscat Thank you! Very interesting. :)
  • 13:42 sulo Thank you, it was a great lecture! :)
  • 13:42 Elli-Väestöliitto Thank you all for participating!