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FIGT ANZA Authors Panel Event September 2021

  • 13 Sep 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (AEST)
  • Online (via Zoom)

Hosted by FIGT ANZA

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021

Time: 3:00pm (Perth), 5:00pm (Melbourne & Sydney), 7:00pm (Auckland)

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Location: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: FREE. Open to all.

For this special September event, FIGT ANZA, Australia and New Zealand is joined by six amazing authors based/born in Australia and New Zealand. They are all active FIGT members and with their work, they bring their unique perspective on topics related to globally mobile life. Their experiences cover both personal and professional aspects of their life across cultures.We would love you to participate in this interactive conversation with our guest speakers.

Tanya Crossman is a cross-cultural consultant providing training to international schools, universities, and other organisations serving cross-cultural populations. Tanya is a leading expert in the field of modern Third Culture Kids, Cross Cultural Kids, and issues facing cross-cultural families, with 16 years' experience in the field. She is the author of “Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century” (Summertime, 2016) which opens a window on the experience of an international childhood in the internet age. It draws from her interviews of over 270 TCKs and an original survey of 744 TCKs. Tanya has spent her entire working life in multi-cultural environments, always as the cultural minority, and often as the linguistic minority. misunderstood-book.com 

Hailing from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand, Nicole Webb moved to Australia as a teenager with her family. There she went on to pursue her dream of becoming a television journalist and newsreader. After a decade at Sky News doing just that, Nicole (and baby bump) and her husband, James, who works in 5-Star hotels, decided to do something akin to carpe diem. A few deep breaths later Nicole and James found themselves in the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong, where the family, which now included blondie Ava, survived and thrived for four years before moving to Xi’an, China, where they lived for almost three years. Nicole, James and Ava are now back in Sydney, for the time being, where Nicole works as a journalist, writer, speaker, media trainer and consultant.  www.nicolewebbonline.com "China Blonde" is Nicole’s first book, and she is working on her second – a novel set in Hong Kong. 

Helen Ellis is a New Zealand researcher, author, anthropologist and a veteran of Distance Grandparenting and the Founder of DistanceFamilies.com Three of her four children and four of her six grandchildren live 16 to 30 flight hours away in America and EnglandIn her research she asked the question: “How is distance grandparenting for you?” Her book, Being a Distance Grandparent – a Book for ALL Generations," combines that experience with  her extensive global research. This is the first of a three-book series about distance families – each publication focusing on a different generation (grandparents, sons and daughters and grandchildren). Her goal is to support each generation to understand ‘how it is’ for the other and pass on some ‘how to do it’ tips.

Danau Tanu holds a PhD in anthropology and sociology from the University of Western Australia and is the author of the first book on structural racism in international schools: Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School.” To collect ethnographic data for the book, Danau went back to high school at 30-something to attend classes and ‘hang out’ with students as a participant observer for a full year. Being of mixed-heritage and a product of international schools herself, Danau’s passion is to uncover the hidden voices of those who grow up internationally and other third culture children. Danau is also Co-Chair of the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Research Network and Co-Founder of TCKs of Asia. List of publications: www.danautanu.com

Cath Brew is a Sydneysider who lives on a little island in southern England. Through Drawn to A Story she illustrates and educates about marginalised experiences for positive change - with a focus on identity, belonging and expat life. Cath has an online shop with gifts featuring her artworks. She hosts Talk-Back Tuesday - a weekly Q&A on social media about LGBTQ+ issues, and most recently, has created the podcast "Drawn to a Deeper Story,” where she explores ‘lives that challenge us’ and the difficult conversations around them. She is the author of Living Elsewhere: Because a Life Overseas Can Be Tough and, Well, Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh.”

Trisha Carter is an organizational psychologist, with over 20 years of experience supporting global executives and their families in multiple locations around the world.  She co-authored "Finding Home Abroad – A Guided Journal for Adapting to Life Overseas"with Rachel Yates. Trisha’s work training, coaching and consulting spans the focus areas of cultural intelligence and human flourishing, building global skills and leadership capability, increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in global organizations, managing change and developing resilience. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology and is a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator. Trisha became interested in diverse cultural workplaces and the impacts of global transitions while living in China with her husband and young children in the 90s. While Sydney is currently home, her birthplace of New Zealand still has a special place in her heart. www.expatjournals.co www.transculturalcareers.com

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