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I Am a Third Culture Kid

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    Tck!

    Hey everyone, I'm a fellow TCK. I've spent my life abroad and have recently returned to my passport country. It's weird being "home." I've made loads of dear friends, am about to graduate college (that's why I moved back to the passport country in the first place) and now I'm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    Where Am I From?

    Hey, so i recently moved to the states to start my freshman year of high school. I carry an american passport, my parents are from here and i have full citezenship and lets just say i don't LOOK like a foreigner but i couldn't be more like one. i was born in Austria where i...
    redvelvet192 redvelvet192 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    My History (and A Comical/embarrassing Story)

    I was born in the USA. When I was two, I lived in Puerto Rico for a year. At age three, I moved back to America, and stayed until I was seven. At seven, I went to Mexico. I returned to the USA at age nine. I then moved to Pennsylvania, where my father met his best friend. I...
    Deyanira Deyanira 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16, 2010

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    How To Date When You Are A TCK?

    Hello, I am kinda new here so I don't really know how to use this. I just wanted to share a question I have had for some time now. As a TCK it's pretty much hard to make true friends or find someone you can clique with enough to date. There is always this gap or this difference...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 22, 2013

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    Hello, My Name Is Yankee Mcching-chong.

    well... no it isnt.  but it might as well be sometimes.  i am a third culture kid.  by nationality, i am a citizen of the united states of america.  by looks, i am distinctly asian (korean, to be exact).  and by assimilated culture, i am irish (lived...
    fyrestorm fyrestorm 22-25, M 4 Responses Oct 10, 2008

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    German!

      Hey,  my name is michael, and im a TCK (sounds kinda like "im an alcoholic) xD well, this is my short story and i need help. I was born in Germnay, my fathe ris german and my mother is Columbian. After i was born, we moved to the Dominican Republic...
    Chacon Chacon 16-17, M 4 Responses Sep 28, 2009

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    So... Who Are You Guys Dating/what Kind Of People Do You End Up With?

    i've been too single for too long for the longest time (we're talking a VERY abnormal number of years of being single) because my parents wanted me to date within my race and i just couldn't do it. so i end up with a Hawaiian haole (which are minorities, in a way KIND of like a...
    peppersasen peppersasen 26-30 Jan 17, 2013

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    Where's She From? Oh, Really? How Come She Doesn't Speak Our Language?

    I was born in an English-speaking country.  My parents spoke English to me.  I took longer than most kids to learn how to speak. When I was four, my parents decided to move back to their home in Asia.  My new country had a different language.  Most people...
    preciousstone preciousstone 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 27, 2009

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    Third Culture Kids Survey

    Are you a Third culture kid, anyone who has lived in a foreign country for an extended amount of time? If your answer is yes, please do my questionnaire, below! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WZ2X7KC I'm conducting this survey as part of my Extended Essay for my IB program so I...
    mytimewillcome13 mytimewillcome13 18-21, F Aug 31, 2013

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    I've lived in two countries

    as a child, then all over the US (which has multiple cultures of its own). I don't have anywhere I belong and I wonder... does anyone feel as confused as I do?
    NowhereUSA NowhereUSA 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2014

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    Hello, I'm writing my dissertation (a research

    project for university) on Third Culture Kids, and how technology has impacted that experience. If you're a TCK, could you fill in this questionnaire (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BqbsQottuNNmnj9rD6R4BdA-mvPpVGKwHTgBzJq8muw/viewform)? It's just 10 minutes long, and it would...
    kjha kjha 22-25, F Feb 8, 2014

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    Tck?

    Christmas 2007 - Bahrain Bahrain, a land of plenty and sadly I sit here sit felling like I have nothing. Reflecting over my last few weeks experiences in the US, Mumbai, Bangalore and Bahrain I realize that I have a problem. Last night, as I lay in bed, I could hear the prayers...
    aksh aksh 18-21, M 7 Responses Dec 17, 2007

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    Tck Survey

    Are you a TCK who has moved back to your passport country at some point during your life? If your answer is yes, please do my questionnaire! http://survey.nottingham.edu.my/index.php?sid=17391〈=en I'm conducting this survey as part of my Final Year Research Project so I...
    shazvirgo shazvirgo 22-25 4 Responses Feb 20, 2011

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    Forever A Foreigner.

    I am pure Filipino, was born and am currently living in the Philippines, but spent nearly half of my life (I am 18 y/o now) in Cambodia. I am a missionary kid. I am a third culture kid. My last visit to my "host country" was in early 2009. I stayed for two months. Before that...
    NCMErratica NCMErratica 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2013

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    Migratory Instinct And The Feeling Of Rootlessness/restlessness

    No wonder I have felt like an uprooted tree most of my life. The time I was uprooted was when my roots did not even fully grow into a mature root foundation. I was merely 12 years when I was yanked out of the life I knew in Mongolia and I was never replanted fully into any one...
    Solongotgon Solongotgon 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2012

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    I was born in the united states,

    but moved to Istanbul Turkey at age 3..I grew up with a lack of belonging, i liked some things about the united states, some about Turkey. I was never satisfied with one. I went to an international school in Istanbul from 2nd-9th grade. Im now living in Georgia. i miss my life...
    tekbasina96 tekbasina96 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 8, 2014

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    I am Indonesian my blood,

    distant Middle Eastern blood from my mother. I moved to the Middle East when I was 5 and went a British International school. I speak English and French, a little Indonesian. Growing up I watched a lot of American TV and was surrounded by a Middle Eastern-American culture. At...
    Oneforlove Oneforlove 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2014

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    Not Entirely the Same But...kinda...

     I'm going to make this relatively short, but I'd like input please. I'm not actually a TCK.  After research and an ongoing email conversation with Ruth van Reken, I found out I'm a CCK, or "cross-culture kid".  It's similar but to a different degree...
    PrimaryColours PrimaryColours 26-30 4 Responses Sep 19, 2008

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    I don't want to tell anyone that I want to be infertile but I do so bad. I feel like my mom would say I'm stupid my boyfriend and his family would be sad because they all want me...
    Loverk3u Loverk3u 18-21, F 1 Response 35 mins ago

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    I grew up watching older stuff like Mobile Suit Gundam, Dragon Ball, and reading stuff like Devilman and Ranma 1/2. Which lead to me studying Japan and its culture and even...
    SavinienBrassheart SavinienBrassheart 26-30, M 2 hrs ago

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    Whenever I see kids at school pushing around other kids and bullying them it always makes me mad. Usually it's bigger kids pushing around and bullying kids who are smaller and...
    hannahphillips hannahphillips 13-15, F 6 hrs ago

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    Every time I would start a normal conversation with this kid he'd act out, lash out, start fights for no reason. His brother and sister saw our last fight and this broke his dad...
    Prismara777 Prismara777 36-40, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Dreric12 Dreric12 26-30 2 days ago

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    I know I'm still young and everything but I've already had people, my parents included, bring something up in a conversation and them saying, "Oh well once you're married and have...
    blackheartlover blackheartlover 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I personally don't. I don't feel like I'd enjoy raising kids. The thought of changing diapers is pretty repulsive, and I don't think I'd make a good mother; I don't think I would...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I'd love to be in the Naruto world and be a ninja, the reality of life is boring and is nothing like anime and manga. I'd love to travel to japan and take in the culture one day.
    Remi4ever Remi4ever 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Some is maybe useful.. If a kid has reading problems, then he or he has reading problems, maybe dyslexia, but you dont nessarily judge that right off the bat when he or she havent...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    Hi I realize this is a type of phenomenon.... to not like kids from a previous relationship. It s like the evil stepmother fable. You normally like kids but these ones bring out...
    orianaprincess orianaprincess 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    Honestly his 2 kids are so tiring..don't get me wrong I love them like my own but by the end of the day as soon as they go to bed I'm so tired from them..they aren't mine his...
    Devilsdaughter100 Devilsdaughter100 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    I really have a tiny third nipple.
    cia97 cia97 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 24

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    I don't get why some ignorant people abandon everything when they move to a different country like for example the U.S. The U.S. has no culture well it does but so much negative...
    AlphaSanctusFuror AlphaSanctusFuror 13-15, M 2 Responses Jul 23

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    Met my bf 2 yrs ago and he didn't tell me for 3 months he had a kid. Don't know when they really broke up and could overlap. I can't accept he has a kid with her and it was also on...
    Ofmiceandmens Ofmiceandmens 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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    My friends all have a bf/gf and I don't, so instead of even being a third wheel, they just exclude me now.
    lizc99 lizc99 16-17, F Jul 21

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    As we all know, going to the movie theater can be very VERY expensive. Yesterday, I decided to take my 3 brothers to watch a movie. Just the tickets, was over $35. + popcorn, sodas...
    LRRReee LRRReee 18-21, F Jul 21

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    I am a person with special needs. I have very little in the left eye & partial vision in my right eye. When I was in grade school the kids who didn't have a vision impairment would...
    JohnL2015 JohnL2015 36-40, M Jul 20

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    I have a HORRIBLE mother, and because of her and my dad a horrible childhood too. So, why would I have kids to suffer the same I did. I don't want to be like my mother, I like kids...
    Onixgurl Onixgurl 18-21, F Jul 20

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    I would travel the world for the rest of my life if I could. I love meeting new people, trying new foods, learning new languages and experiencing different cultures.
    SouthernBelle14 SouthernBelle14 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I dont care what is the reason hitting a kid even if its yours will never teach him anything parents who hit their kids are not parents they are just stupid people
    JerryyJamess JerryyJamess 18-21, M Jul 19

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    When I say "kids," I usually mean little kids. But teens are kids too. Though, I don't find teens to be very funny most of the time. I think they tend to be pretty serious folks...
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 31-35 1 Response Jul 18

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    For those who think it funny and okay to bully disabled kids/teens it's not funny or okay at all!!! Disabled kids /teens have enough to go through without people bullying the in...
    Uniquesouls Uniquesouls 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 18

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    I am 23 and just found out I had MSK. The hospital stumbled upon it during a CT scan. I have history of kidney stones kidney infection and recurrent UTI's. At first I just kind of...
    cwall811 cwall811 22-25, F Jul 17

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    I think there is a fine line between disciplining your child and abusing your child. Some kids get discipline, a spanking, what happened to me was flat out child abuse. I missed...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 7 Responses Jul 17

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    I'm sitting in this restaurant with my mom and a few of her female friends (all mothers), the males are all whipped. One kid is a complete embarrassment taking up two chairs...
    TheSturgeonGeneral TheSturgeonGeneral 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 17

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