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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 79 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!

    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Sometimes I strongly dislike little kids and Im like damn why would you ever have kids, but at the end of the day you can't help but love em :)
    SunshineH316 SunshineH316 22-25, F 9 hrs ago

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    I was kidnapped and I'm ready to share... Me and a friend were in a car park biking around, we got of our bikes and sat on the island where you pay for a ticket. Our bikes were...
    zzcoutneyzz01 zzcoutneyzz01 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I grew up around "red necks", farmers, construction workers, etc. I feel slightly disgusted when I compare the depravity of our current American culture, to the far more...
    benmiller914 benmiller914 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    I did play video games and watch TV a little, but I was mostly outside either playing with my friends, killing/capturing bees, or both. I haven't killed a single bee in my new...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    The Story Of Kumaril Bhatt Ancient Stories have a lot of wisdom, valor and conviction. Everything seems to epic in those times, but they were still all humans like us, and lived a...
    Melancholiactic Melancholiactic 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 10

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    Okay - this isn't something I'd usually do. Hence why I decided to do it anonymously. I wanted to talk to somebody or let it out because I've kept it in for a long time. I blamed...
    xJulysAngelx xJulysAngelx 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 6

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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 4 days ago

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    It started when i was a kid. I saw a blackshadow running and then it stopped. And then it vanished. And when my pet dog died. I saw its spirit running inside my room and i heard...
    yodatheching yodatheching 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I read a news article about a woman who went in for a boob job. Not big news right. But what she had done was add a third breast in between the other two. There was a question...
    Sharon03 Sharon03 56-60 3 Responses Oct 28

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    I am addicted to these things. I've watch and finished a lot of anime and mangas. I also love japanese cultures. My favorite tree and flower is Sakura
    Ranran123 Ranran123 18-21, F Nov 4

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    I like Asian culture and i would like to talk about that with Asian girls :). Any Asian girl here?
    madritista madritista 22-25, M Nov 4

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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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    C'mon! we all know it's going to happen at some point! people who say it won't, are clearly under a delusion! it is going to happen and we can't stop it! just like the first and...
    shadowhunter221 shadowhunter221 13-15, M 2 Responses Oct 30

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    I third wheel like 24/7 my best friend& her boyfriend have been dating for 3 years it's cute and all but she never leaves him so when I hang with her I hangout with him too. And...
    lovelymaddi lovelymaddi 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    So I have been best friends with "Ana" since 4th grade and were in 11th grade now. We both loved playing with each other at school and I would go over to her house for sleepovers...
    summerjean98 summerjean98 16-17, F Nov 2

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    i dream a third eye on my forehead drawn by sage pls explain me
    karunavir karunavir 22-25, F Nov 3

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    I am in a group of 4. (Let's just call them Hannah,Morgan, and Avery) Hannah (probably the friend I talk to most) hardly talks to me now because of Morgan. She constantly wants to...
    XxDreamersxX XxDreamersxX 18-21, F Nov 17

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    I've heard a lot of people say: "Kids are a God blessing". Oh they are? Let's analyze that shall we: Well first off, I've heard pregnancy is a real b*tch, but that's only just the...
    DeathstalkerScorpion DeathstalkerScorpion 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 30

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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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    My family and I were invited to church by this couple we know that has no kids. We were invited because the church was doing something special for all the kids in the neighborhood...
    crazywhovian73 crazywhovian73 41-45, M Nov 2

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    I want fat kids. I want to homeschool them until high school. With my homeschool plan I'll make everything revolve around food, if you get a problem right then you get three...
    ILoveMyFat ILoveMyFat 13-15, M 2 Responses Oct 31

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    I am a young woman (no kids, never been married) in her early 30's. I fell in love with a guy. He just so happens to have kids, from different partners. The whole thing is very...
    AbbeyRutherford AbbeyRutherford 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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    It seems to be one of those weeks when nightmarish things happen.This morning,my neighbor made me laugh,loudly and sincerely,especially as this came after my yesterdays post. This...
    brutallyhonestpariah brutallyhonestpariah 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 15

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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 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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 3 days ago

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    I'm 21, and all I want is to get my tubes tied. I hate that so many people only see me as a baby making machine, and I hate that my life apparently means nothing if I don't have...
    spiffyoctopus spiffyoctopus 18-21, F 13 Responses Oct 29

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    I absolutely love kids and have five kids of my own. I loved playing dolls as a child while bathing, dressing, fixing and combing their hair, cooking and baking, and feeding them...
    gloriahughes gloriahughes 41-45, F Oct 31

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    It amazes me how rude and snarky and just nasty little kids are. I finally figured out the difference between my generation and theirs. I grew up watching Icarly and drake and josh...
    bluebell45 bluebell45 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I have a 3 year old and she never shuts up,alot of times she comes to my bed at 5 im the morning wakes me up and starts telling stories.Like seriously she talks alot for her age...
    Rebekah3 Rebekah3 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 13

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