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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 80 People

    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 2 Responses May 22, 2013

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 21-25, M 7 Responses Dec 17, 2007

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I heard the jangling of chimes and the heavy glass door swung open. The cold wind followed behind me as I walked inside, almost like it wanted to accompany me into the room. I was...
    BlueMetalChick BlueMetalChick 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 20

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    I don't want kids. Plain and simple. When I'm in a store and when I hear kids screaming on top of their lungs, I actually HAVE to leave the store or go somewhere else in the store...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Enlighten your days with these 7 cultural concepts we don't have in the US--by Starre Varten on the Mother Nature Network. "If you want to add a new and different perspective to...
    Aimee17 Aimee17 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 6

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    My girls have always fascinated me. When A was little, I used to have concerns about what seemed to be a lack of imagination. She just didn't pretend like a lot of kids do and...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    and I kinda don't want any for a long while ... all of my friends or people I know are either on there first child or second or third which is crazy even thinking about it now and...
    jynx1 jynx1 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I appreciate different cultures. Actually it's mainly just the food. My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and I like our fusion if cultures. His father speaks ok English and his mother...
    Outofeden Outofeden 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I was preparing dinner when my son in second grade, showed me a calculator with a 12- digit number then he asked, "Mom, would you like that much money?"I joined in the fun, " Of...
    4BlackForest 4BlackForest 36-40, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm very obsessed with Native American culture. I like to read about them. The men are very handsome and I love everything about Native Americans. I have never been to a pow wow...
    lana4326 lana4326 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    I love Mexico a lot. I read about their culture and the food is good. I like the people and especially the men. They are so handsome and good looking. I can't stop thinking about...
    lana4326 lana4326 41-45, F Jan 1

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    My favorite present i got for christmas. It reminds me of that region and i love it. Chinese and japanese culture is cool to me. I also have a huge panda fan ill have to show that...
    Xychorite Xychorite 16-17, M Jan 4

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    There is this Summer program in Japan... Called Traditional Culture Summer program. It's a 3-4 weeks program that includes learning Japanese in a language school for 3hrs/day and...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 6

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    I am a very cultural person. I enjoy learning about other cultures.I travel.I mingle with different ethnic groups and cook different ethnic foods. I am a dancer and have learned...
    NayaAngelou NayaAngelou 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    So I'm in 8th grade and basically in 6th grade this girl, (Lets call her Shelby) Shelby and (Lets call her Makayla) Shelby and Makayla were best friends. As well as in 7th grade...
    PastelOreos447 PastelOreos447 13-15, F Jan 2

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    I'm not funny, fun to be around, the 'life of the party' or anything. I'm quiet, awkward, boring and replaceable. So I just end up being a third wheel.
    magicalenby magicalenby 16-17, T 1 Response Jan 6

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    After years of confusion I decided to have gender counselling. I was always torn between am I transgendered, fem boy or a transvestite. Well I'm third gender. My male name is Drew...
    DrewB1974 DrewB1974 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 13

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    What is the big secret on opening the third eye?
    4eeyez 4eeyez 26-30, M Jan 15

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    I recently started at Walmart as an overnight. I must say that the only thing I don't like about it is that you get two consecutive days off. Other than that third shift really isn...
    ShatteredButNotLost ShatteredButNotLost 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I am a single mom... the kids' dad left us when they were toddlers... for a party life. We have been doing it on our own for 15 yrs. My dad and mom used to help me but they both...
    Howtobeme Howtobeme 51-55, F a week ago

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    Okay so here i go i am going to vent because this is the only place i can. I have spent my life taking care of other people. I had to raise my sisters kids because she was addicted...
    metamorphasis metamorphasis 36-40, F Dec 29, 2014

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    Man. When does the random crying cause you're children hurt stop. When I get upset about my divorce it's only due to the kids heartache never mine. I hate the ***** actually. I'd...
    Jennerrous Jennerrous 36-40, F 5 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    I am now a 30 year old male and this really happened to me when I was 24 (at least 6 years ago). It was a 98 degree hot summer day and I was wearing a black tank top, blue denim...
    DiamondD84 DiamondD84 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 18

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    wow! I know alot of us feel the same.... so obviously it is common to feel this way. I am in the same position as most of you. I met the most loving, hard-working, caring and sexy...
    romanijeh romanijeh 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    My kids watched "When Harry met Sally" for the first time ever, and you know what they took away from it? There's no way someone would fake an ****** out-loud in public. Really...
    cmyk323 cmyk323 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 1

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    I understand people make jokes because they are uncomfortable. doesn't make it right. I made sure my kids were raised with an understanding of people with disabilities. one life...
    regalshewolf regalshewolf 41-45, F Jan 8

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    I love to go out picnic usually by myself when ever I look at families with kids their kids playing saying stuff some times I smile when I hear them so unique so cute same words so...
    never0empty never0empty 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    So coming home from a trip, we stop at a McDonalds and the kids and I head in to get food. While we are waiting, the kids are sitting and my youngest (6) is wondering why the...
    MLGecko MLGecko 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 6

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    I was with my friend who was babysitting her little brother. I think the kid was only like 8-9 maybe. Anyway they started arguing and this little kid said to her "I'll rip your...
    Annamania1 Annamania1 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    anyone ages 11-16 wanna talk about kid stuff nothing sexual and weird. i wanna talk to someone who acts like a little kid most of the time like me. or atlest sometimes. im very...
    andylovesyou23 andylovesyou23 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 20

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    I was happy when I found out I was pregnant! All I ever wanted was to be a mom and give my kid an amazing life! I was so happy to have a boyfriend that loved me and we were having...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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