I got that term from an expat homeschool group I belong to. It refers to kids who’ve traveled/lived overseas most of their lives. I wonder if my kids will end up like this. Global citizens with no ‘home’ culture. They are biracial Americans, living in Egypt. They are familiar with three languages and somewhat fluent in two of them. Dd loves America. Our last day there, she was singing ‘good-bye America’, ‘good-bye clean streets’. My son refers to America as a ‘kafir’ country, but he doesn’t necessarily favor Egypt. My youngest hasn’t really expressed a preference as far as I can see. But our experiences have certainly changed them. They never saw poor people in America. I mean REALLY poor, dirty clothes, homeless, type poor. Here it’s in your face. They are unfamiliar with typical American names. My dd pronounces Barbara=Ba-bear-ra. Once my youngest was reading a book, and she kept referring to a character as Tris. I told her to let me see it. It was Chris. I corrected her, but she insisted on saying Tris, cause ‘Chris doesn’t sound nice.’ They don’t understand American slang (no big lost there), and sometimes copy the British venacular (thanks to being friends with a British family).
A former friend of my husband’s claimed that they will grow up as outcasts. Both for being raised outside of America and outside of public schools. They won’t know how to deal with race. I certainly don’t want them to be outcasts, but not sure what it means to ‘fit in’ to American society. Could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you are defining it. I don’t want them fitting in with a lot of what I’ve seen in the blogging community, both from muslims and non.
I don’t think term is necessarily suitable to the children of immigrants to America. America has a way of swallowing foreigners, and by the second or third general, they are completely American. At least in my experience.
Egypt was not our first stop and I don’t know if it well be our last. A return to the US is entirely possible. Inshallah I hope they will be suitably prepared spiritually and educationally for whatever realities they face.