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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 84 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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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?

    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 18-21, 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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 1 Response May 22, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    In some ways, I have little room to talk.  I'm electronically connected these days 24/7.  However, there's a huge difference between myself and the youth of today. I...
    Extant1 Extant1 51-55, M 10 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    A question for you guys who remembers pooping themselfs when you was a kid and how did you do it did you stand there? Did you squat what position was you in when you was having the...
    Mushypanties12 Mushypanties12 18-21, M 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Its almost three and half years finish after our marriage. Yes I remember, 02 sep 2011. That's our marriage date. After that 3 times she was pregnant. But we loose it all. Fist...
    BenJimmy BenJimmy 31-35, M Apr 13

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    It must be said that the rate of rape cases around the world is unacceptable and it is even more disturbing that instead of fighting the perpetrators of this insane act, some...
    deepakrajput deepakrajput 22-25, M Apr 28

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    I only hate "pop culture" because of the attention it gets from people around the world. (well in America) I can understand a convo or two about "pop culture" but some people care...
    xKzax xKzax 18-21, M Apr 24

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    I was raised on Army bases in different parts of the country. I was surrounded by different faces, religions, etc. Life was harmonious back then. While moving around constantly...
    AKLady15 AKLady15 26-30, F Apr 17

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    This music and scene has completely changed my life. ***** away the outfits and gloves and hoops and kandi, that only leaves the music and people. The music is so freeing. It's...
    Kizzykinz Kizzykinz 18-21, F Apr 15

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    I just started a new school this year and things were going great. I made a bunch of friends and two best friends really quickly. Let's call them Daniel and Elizabeth. Things were...
    threemoredaystillfriday threemoredaystillfriday 13-15, F Apr 16

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    Egypt, Rome, Greece, Sumeria, Phoenicia, Persia, Celts, Germans, The Vedic Indians All these cultures are so fascinating and mysterious, there is a great appeal about them that I...
    crowe151 crowe151 26-30, M Apr 17

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    I want to meet more people from other cultures! I want to go to Japan because I am learning so much about them and I know some Japanese. I married a foreigner. From Vietnam. I...
    BrokenWander BrokenWander 22-25, F Apr 20

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    It is so very fascinating! Cultural histories, religions, architecture, pop culture, music, just everything! I've always been especially fascinated by old pagan European tribes...
    OqSydSchizo16 OqSydSchizo16 36-40, M Apr 27

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    All cultures are amazing :D
    trismason trismason 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I do if there will be no solutions for all what's going on now there will be a third world war for sure that make world in balance again
    ALostSpirit ALostSpirit 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    I obviously know I am becoming a third wheel in my couple friends. It's really hurting most of the time because I always feel like I am the odd one out, neglected, invisible, and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 23

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    I have 2 best friends & supposedly were one whole maaaiins group but there always only talking to each other they never include me in anything how can I tell them I'm a third wheel...
    alee20 alee20 18-21, F Apr 25

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    I "am" best friends with a girl named Danielle I have been ever since I can remember last year we met this girl named Courtney, and me and Danielle were still best friends but...
    Lainey1213 Lainey1213 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Mums, dads, if you have read my "I'm so over my wife" and "I married a Narcissist", please help me shed some light and understanding here. She finally got a job. Not an official...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 9 Responses Apr 8

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    long story short when I met my bf his kids where amazing they acted kind and respectful. then my 11 month old son from my previous marriage was killed by his father's mother. I...
    angrystepmom angrystepmom 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 19

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    Kidney stones suck. Really. They just suck. The pain is over the top. It’s too much. It starts in the stomach and then quickly moves around to the back. Then it comes back around...
    FriendlyBryan FriendlyBryan 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    9 kids. Wow. Here's my story of how it all started. I moved in 6th grade, and met my future husband, Will. Me and him were high school sweethearts, prom king and queen, so we...
    IHaveToMuchFreeTime IHaveToMuchFreeTime 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    Once a week I volunteer at the local Red Cross office helping kids with family or school problems to help them study or do their homework. What was supposed to be a gratifying...
    Danceofhours Danceofhours 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 28

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    Where to begin.......my childhood sucked and I wasn't really aloud to be a kid....my decisions were made for me by a stepmom and I was allowed no room for error. .....I was forced...
    bykerboy011 bykerboy011 22-25, M Apr 10

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    I choose to post in this group as it's a group that was started by me. And just to clarify, the days of hate are behind me. Perhaps I will create another group in time when...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 23

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    I think the only thing that really changed is that I'm not a kid and I have a slightly better understanding of how to explain stuff to people. Well for one I'm extremely anti...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F Apr 26

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    OK,confession time. I tottaly dislike my friends kid! He's a mean spirited little brat who has 0 ability/want to listen to adults. He absolutely loves to get other kids in trouble...
    OsageBetty OsageBetty 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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