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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 83 People

    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 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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    I'm always the third wheel. My friend and I been friends for 4 years and she has been with this guy for almost a year now. Every time she asks me to hang out she always brings her...
    Purpletears17 Purpletears17 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    It feels good to type everything down here.. I have been keeping everything to myself and it is getting harder to manage but I am sure that I can seek advises from other persons...
    Zenalia Zenalia 18-21, F Feb 23

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    "'Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in I wish that I could be like the cool kids Like the cool kids I wish that I could be like the cool kids 'Cause all the cool kids...
    ThatOneSomaliGirl ThatOneSomaliGirl 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    iv never liked kids...even when I was a child other kids were playing with baby dolls and i couldn't stand them...I would rather play with barbies and video games. from the time i...
    phinixmak phinixmak 26-30 Feb 19

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    Just last week, I found out I have kidney stones. As someone who is used to bladder problems, I should have seen this coming, but honestly, I didn't. I had a slight pain near my...
    3lli 3lli 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 7

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    I always wanted kids & loved the ones that my girlfriends had, kids always loved hanging around me & I love the way they think,but at that time I loved the way drugs made me feel...
    NakedHiker51 NakedHiker51 51-55, M Feb 8

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    i act like a kid, i look like a kid, i get mistaken as a kid, i love doing kid things, im a kid at heart forever!
    andylovesyou23 andylovesyou23 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    I think most people shouldn't have kids. Just about all of the people I know have kids now and not a single one of them are what I would call a good parent. Some of the worst...
    justarandom justarandom 22-25, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm tired of all these mombies running around acting like women who aren't reproducing, are the most selfish people on the planet. Exactly how is it selfish to not want kids...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    You know what really bothers me? When people ask me why I don't want kids and I tell them it's because I don't like them, they come back with "you were a kid once." Seriously...
    Knixveus5 Knixveus5 18-21, M 6 Responses Feb 12

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    I have NO patience with kids at all. I have anger issues and I would probably get mad and yell at my kids a lot if i had any. My mom knows this side of me and she has seen it so...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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    Last year was not a good year for me on emotional level. I was treated very badly but I saved myself from becoming a cruel monster like some people. I know I have a loving nature...
    Somexyz Somexyz 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 10

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    One of my many dreams is to have kids..... I am very affectionate and would not miss caring for my children and my boyfriend, because they are people I love and will love with all...
    000Thallensjaan 000Thallensjaan 16-17, M 3 Responses Feb 11

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    I absolutely adore kids but I don't want kids of my own. Does that even sound logical? I just don't think I can handle raising a kid when my mom isn't exactly the best role model.
    ScarletRed000 ScarletRed000 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    still have toys, i look an act like im 12. i dont know if my sister is tall or im short but im 15 and shes 13; however ive been mistaken as her younger brother.xDD im super hyper...
    andylovesyou23 andylovesyou23 13-15, M Feb 7

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    I don't like little kids . I don't really think I should have kids . They annoy me and I don't completely see the beauty.
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 7

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    Took the kids to a children's museum over the weekend. It never fails that when I go to places like this that at some point during the visit I find myself having to take deep...
    Bumblelion Bumblelion 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 9

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    Hi everyone this is abhishek from bangalore. I need to donate my kidney very urgently for Rs 5000000 (Fifty Lakh) Needed some amount for my brother heart operation. plz contact me...
    abhi0234 abhi0234 18-21, M Feb 12

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    Yea So I don't want Kids and I don't think so I own an explanation to people why? I mean hell yeah it's my oven and it's my choice whether I want to bake something or not:) I just...
    liftingmind liftingmind 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 13

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