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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 80 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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 2 Responses May 22, 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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    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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    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

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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 Apr 25

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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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    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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    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!

    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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    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'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

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    Related Experiences

    After a couple or a few months of being spanked and raped, my two kidnappers came in followed by two other men who id never seen before, the first guy then said that they were...
    17yroldgirl 17yroldgirl 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    Les histoires d’en bas et du dehors qu’elle raconte, l’attention à la pragmatique de niveau local, aux résultats surprenants (par exemple la...
    salleory salleory 26-30, F Dec 10

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    It's sad to see the young people in America today. So many kids are forced by peer pressure to be someone they don't want to be. Kids don't get to enjoy just being kids because...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F Dec 1

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    It's day2 & I'm still trying to open my third eye. Yesterday, few hours after I "meditated", the space where the third eye is, i mean like inside my head, it hurt like a headache...
    gnarlyaf gnarlyaf 18-21 Dec 1

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    Some of my favorite animes: Bleach, Tenchi Muyo (OVA), Inuyasha, Trigun, El Hazaard (the original one), Ranma 1/2, Fruits Basket, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Beebop, -pretty much anything...
    Daenerys7 Daenerys7 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    Did you know that pixies are not what we all think them to actually be? They're not nice little colorful ladies who fly around with pixie dust to help bring good to the world and...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    I suppose so. I have run into visual novels recently and I really like them so far. Utawarerumono is about the Ainu, the indigenous Japanese culture that was lost, so that is...
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21, M Dec 6

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    I am a huge fan. I love anime more than soap operas. and manga more than super hero comics. I even used to work in a Japanese Restaurant as a waitress. and I usually pack a lunch...
    HealingMyHeart HealingMyHeart 18-21, F Dec 6

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    Enfin, le dénigrement systématique auquel GR s’est livré peut être confronté aux commentaires positifs que mon travail a re?u dans les...
    qqww112014 qqww112014 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    Hey:) So I'm in 8th grade, and elementary school was horrible. I had only one friend and she turned out to be a not so good person. Everyone else bullied me or just kind of ignored...
    Annalovesskittles Annalovesskittles 13-15 1 Response Dec 1

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    I was best friends with Cara*. One day I introduced her to my childhood friend Elizabeth* at a group hangout. They have since become very close with their inside jokes and all. Now...
    pinkstars pinkstars 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    ok so I've known my best friend (lets call her zoe)for 3 years now, and there is this other girl who is her friend (lets just call her kate) so I'm in the 8th grade, and me and zoe...
    fangirlmarvel123 fangirlmarvel123 18-21 5 days ago

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    It is an important part for preschool children to clean up their toys by themselves, which helps to cultivate their responsibility. Teaching them to clean up things can enable them...
    METAO METAO 18-21, F Nov 18

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    I am a bisexual male and found the love of my life. He wants kids but I do not. Obviously we've discussed everything. We're only 20 so now it's not an issue. But he wants kids and...
    BrokenAndBetrayed612 BrokenAndBetrayed612 18-21, M Nov 30

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    Kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Symptoms of kidney stone are severe pain and blood in the urine. Holac Hospital is...
    holachospital holachospital 22-25, M Dec 4

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    In high school, Our friend TJ who has Down's Syndrome and graduated with us at age 21, was loved by everyone. I think it was the thing that made me most proud of going to that...
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M 6 Responses Nov 23

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    HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Nov 24

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    The crying and constant whining isn't something I have patience for. If I tell you to do something once then don't argue about it or ask why, just do it. I can barely deal with...
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 30

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    I lost my kids when divorced in 1983,,for 12 years their were abouts concealed from me I take full responsibility ,,had I been a more attentive husband not just a good...
    rckt148 rckt148 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 8

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    when I was in school I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I struggled in school and felt embarrassed so I would ditch. met a guy and he said you can stay at my house I was dumb so I went...
    Diamond10n1 Diamond10n1 36-40, F Nov 26

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    I really want to be kidnapped. Somebody please take me. This is real and I will do anything you tell me to and you can do anything to me. I have taken a variety of drugs before and...
    GiveMeHell GiveMeHell 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 30

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    when i was a kid , i used to fight all the time in school and was a problem to the teachers, when i had anger outbursts in school it took like 4 teachers to hold me down .. i also...
    antoneli antoneli 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 6

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    People shouldn't have kids if they'd b disappointed or unaccepting of their kid being LGBT. That's just stupid to say im gonna have kids and reject them if they don't turn out the...
    burnout96 burnout96 16-17, F 10 Responses 6 days ago

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    To me, having kids is basically sacrificing your life to a child who doesnt care. They ruin your body, take up all your time, money, and energy, ruin your sex life, put on stress...
    tessagj14 tessagj14 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    I want kids I want about 4 kids. I love them they are so innocenr and cute. When I get older Ima spoil my kids to death. I cant wait!
    Marcellus15 Marcellus15 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Little kids not all little kids, but my bf two little girls are very annoying and pesty, nonstop...... They do not give you a five minute mental break. They are 6 and almost 3 and...
    hartbri12 hartbri12 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It's kinda sad when your own parents don't know how to tackle you to be a better person. Like they want you to be the top student in school or in state. But they never want to put...
    Punjel Punjel 18-21, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    The above I didn't know where else to post this. I have been with my boyfriend for 7 months and I love him to pieces, he is everything I ask for accept he has a daughter with an ex...
    Mistygemma92 Mistygemma92 22-25 1 Response Nov 23

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    In November 2011, I was the subject of a kidnapping at the age of 12, at where I would have least expected it: my home. I live in a small New Mexico town, and crime here is very...
    XFP453 XFP453 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 26

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