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I Am a Third Culture Kid

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Aug 31, 2012

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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 6 Responses Dec 17, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Oct 10, 2008

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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 38 mins ago

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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 2 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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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 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 8

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    Without borders,a common language and a common culture a nation will eventually disintegrate. If you disbelieve this you are not a student of history.
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 7 hrs ago

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    I am 25 and my husband is 48; we have been together for 3 years - got married last year. So as you know...I am a third wife - and a young third wife too. This is my first (and...
    young3rdwife young3rdwife 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    While the evidence that anyone was resusitated let alone resurrected 2000 years ago is rather scant - I do hope the kids get to put on their fancy duds and find the colorful easter...
    experimed experimed 51-55, M 14 hrs ago

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    Just Got back from a Florida Vacation, and all 4 of the kids were spanked during the trip for acting up.
    jimparker100 jimparker100 36-40, M 3 Responses 32 mins ago

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    I am sick of suberbia & noise, & blank faces, & fast food, & dis - engaged kids, & old follks homes, & factory education, & fancy cars, & sexy clothing, & religious morals...
    benbingham benbingham 31-35, M Apr 3

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    I absolutely love EDM. There's so much about it. And I love the culture as well but there's just so much unPLUR now a days. I've been to a 10 dollar trap show and experienced the...
    GDlifestyle GDlifestyle 22-25, M Mar 26

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    In summer a friend of min and myself will be having a hot pot party!! I love cooking, so I will be making different sweets and a lot of the different dishes put in the hot pot. I...
    Kawiicatnipotaku Kawiicatnipotaku 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I'm fluent in three languages (arabic french and english) and I know some german but I don't think it's enough, I want to learn as many as I can , I need to find out more about...
    weirdo333 weirdo333 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I'm in Tokyo on business at the moment and am loving Japanese culture. The food, history, language (I am struggling with that!), are fascinating to me. Travel is such a gift...
    ericpaz1967 ericpaz1967 46-50, M a week ago

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    Everything about the Japanese culture is awesome! I really want to go to Japan and study Japanese. I also love anime and manga in general, and I love it! My favorite animes would...
    lilykitten1998 lilykitten1998 13-15, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Last night i was facetiming with my best friend from hawaii. We were talking for over 3 hours when suddenly i felt this pressure and all i could see was this triangular golden...
    kaleighpaige kaleighpaige 22-25, F Mar 28

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    I hate feeling like the third wheel , I have a friend who's name is ,Marlene , we've been friends for three years . This year I met a girl who is now Marlene's and my friend . I...
    Gabyhernandez Gabyhernandez 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    I've started to see friends I've had since third grade push me aside. Now we're in eighth grade and I feel no one cares anymore. This may seem petty, but last week, we couldn't...
    hoovesstarfighter hoovesstarfighter 13-15, F Apr 6

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    How to open the third eye?! :3 anyone had done it ?! And what are its benefits!
    maryam777 maryam777 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    TMI.... Or not enough? A week ago I had no idea what renal colic was. I knew it was bad and not something I wanted. A week ago a baby was still not entirely out of the question...
    owchimama owchimama 31-35, F Mar 25

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    I was in a plane from Frankfurt (I am German) to Shenzhen in China 2 weeks ago for meeting some of our suppliers and there was this fat spoiled Chinese brat sitting behind me...
    Eorthisio Eorthisio 22-25, M Apr 10

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    Kids seem to like me. I'm awkward, strange, grouchy on occasion, highly sarcastic and older than them. Heck people my age tend to ignore me. But not kids. I don't know if it's...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Visit our newest site for kids - Easy Science for Kids. Our site gives educators and parents free worksheets for kids, to help children with listening comprehension, reading...
    easyscienceforkids easyscienceforkids 31-35, F 17 hrs ago

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    Is it sad to say I don't want to have kids? Unless I was very wealthy and able to no worry about my kids babysitter or daycare etc. I think I am being very realistic. I love kids...
    memarried memarried 22-25, F Mar 21

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    I remember when I was working in Hong Kong in a family! This couple has 2 kids, the mother help the son to do the homework, and if he could not get it right she try to tell the...
    Bluejec19 Bluejec19 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    Children are the most precious things to me. I probably like them more than your average person.. I'm overly motherly. I have often sat and thought that to myself.. I try to...
    majesticmaddy majesticmaddy 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    I know most young girls dream about being a mom and when I was younger I did too; but now that I'm almost 20 I don't think I want kids. When I picture my future I just don't see...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I want to be "fake kidnapped." I just want someone, anyone, male or female between the ages of 18 and 20 to just pretend to kidnap me, keep me for 3 days, then drop me off...
    Kenziemarie Kenziemarie 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    I am a 28 year old female with no kids. I am beginning to hear my biological clock tick. I am currently dating 2 men, both in early 30's and working on building their career . I...
    Sunroses305 Sunroses305 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 21

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    This day in age. I don't want kids cause I feel that this generation has completely ****** destroyed killed or will kill everything on planet earth. Living in so cal, politics...
    socalsissi socalsissi 36-40, T Mar 21

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    Well a kid but not kids! Her name is Sakura! She is 6 months and is extremely helpless. During the day shes quiet but at night she is very needy. I get no sleep and it annoys me...
    KaguyaSumeragi KaguyaSumeragi 13-15, F Mar 23

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    I typed in I am 25 with no kids and nothing came up, then it asks me if I want to add it, YES of course! I am speaking for all the ladies that are my age or older that do not have...
    Beautyrae Beautyrae 22-25 Mar 25

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    All my life I've known that I want kids. For the past few years, I've figured out that I would love to have 4 kids mostly because I come from a small family so I would love to have...
    nicolerh7 nicolerh7 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    My relationship with my ex boyfriend didnt work out. We have been broken up for years now and he relentlessly tries to persue a relationship with me which I find pointless because...
    missquietriot missquietriot 26-30, F Mar 25

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    I have taken on 2 step twin daughters and 1 xtra child along with my 2 sons ....it's a mad house!!!! The twins I just want them to get it together!!!! I am trying to get them in...
    coraleigh coraleigh 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    WORST TIME OF MY ENTIRE LIFE! I previously wrote a different story about a kidnapping mix up, but this time,it was for me. So I was walking my dog, he is a tiny pug. And...
    Gibson128 Gibson128 13-15 Apr 5

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    Alrighty then! Guess I'll ramble off about the topic: Lately I notice that my younger cousins, nieces and nephews or kids period tend to cling to me(literally) a lot more. Like...
    yourguardingangel yourguardingangel 18-21, M Apr 6

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    I used to work as an actress for a children's theater for five years while I was in high school. Out of all the kids I remember, this one is berg special to me : I was the White...
    auraboreale auraboreale 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    Oh my god they're so adorable. I love kids, they're the most sweetest precious things on the planet! Haha my ex bf, he has a little brother and sister who are the most cutest...
    Blissfulkissofdeath Blissfulkissofdeath 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    My dad never hit us....he had a gun. KIDDING!! I got the belt just like all the other kids did. Thank god for it. I might have turned out to be some spoiled, mouthy and...
    Igotsnikt Igotsnikt 36-40, M 8 Responses Mar 19

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    I love my kids very much and when needed I do discipline my kids accordingly. If a spanking is needed then they will get a spanking.
    barbaratownsend barbaratownsend 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    Don't get me wrong. I love kids and hope to adopt one day. But when kids are at the stage where they watch a movie or a favorite TV show over & over again. Normally doesn't bother...
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F Mar 26