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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 83 People

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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!

    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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    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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    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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    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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    It’s been over nine years since I was kidnapped and turned into a pet. After I opened up to my first wife on Halloween she told me it might help me to right down everything that...
    PrinceBloodlust PrinceBloodlust 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    I know almost nothing about native American culture but something about it really interests me. I wish I could learn a little bit about it. Like immerse myself in knowledge of this...
    DreamCloud17 DreamCloud17 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    I haven't tried west african food yet. I really want to. I love the dances, the music, the singing..everything. Beautiful culture. Everytime I hear nigerian or ghana music I start...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    pt 2 I knew where we were going. without a word, but with heart pouring I was marched towards the house. I fell and was slapped across the face twice for a punishment. once...
    rachael982 rachael982 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I watch Anime and Read Manga all the time. I also think Japanese culture is cool. I plan on learning the language and going there some day.
    ShhhAnon ShhhAnon 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    Just don't try to shove your religion or culture down my throat and we can be good friends :)
    TickleMeCell TickleMeCell 16-17, T 4 days ago

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    kawaii lol but I like Japanese culture
    kingdave116 kingdave116 13-15, M 1 day ago

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    I want a friend to talk to, share and practice opening third eye!
    cocomenow cocomenow 26-30, F 8 Responses Mar 6

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    Third day is my favorite Christian band
    Mattdomb Mattdomb 18-21 1 Response Mar 15

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    Well, this all started a couple weeks ago . My friend (lets call her Lily) and I were starting to become really close, even know I met her this year, we hung out all the time! We...
    Stargazes101 Stargazes101 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I tried to look through my third eye, but forgot to pull my pants down and couldn't see a Damn thing!
    gratefun gratefun 41-45, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Ever since I introduced my best friend/cousin (gonna call her Emily) to my best friend (calling her Ella) they've been leaving me out on fun things. One time I asked Emily to be my...
    natalie1516 natalie1516 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I like a few kids who are well behaved, more laidback, and easygoing. Ones who don't constantly give back talk and they can be taken in public, know how to clean up after their...
    ajrestless ajrestless 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I don't want to have kids. Ever. Plain and simple. I am a 23 year old female, I'm a dreamer and an adventurer. I have an honour degree and will be attending law school in the...
    cckawi12 cckawi12 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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 5 Responses Mar 1

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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 Mar 1

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    I don't know if I want kids and it freaks me out. My s/o wants kids some day. But he always knows that I'm not sure if I do. I guess I've been waiting for something to sway me one...
    TheKristaJo TheKristaJo 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 5

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    Reading through some experiences like mine, I began to tear up. I didn't feel alone knowing there are girls out there who feel my pain. I'm so tired of feeling alone. My boyfriend...
    tanahkay tanahkay 22-25, F Mar 18

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    Nope. Not in this lifetime. As much as I've always known that I love to have the companion of a dog or a cat, I have known that I do NOT want kids. I didn't even like kids for a...
    jerseyjenna jerseyjenna 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    It is not important to have kids. We have every right to choose what we want or don't want in our lives. For me, I don't want kids in my life. Guess what? That's ok. I just wish...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 10

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    My husband wants kids and believes having a family is the most important thing a person can do. But he's also said he'd rather be with me than have kids, which was a major...
    danac5 danac5 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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    I love babysitting it is so much fun I am giving up spending time with my boyfriend and friends to babysit I told them they could come over to help he was pretty much ticked off at...
    calliebug02 calliebug02 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I hate it when people try to force their views and values on you. And since when did it become such a grave sin to NOT want children?! I'm the one who has to raise them day in...
    RoyalTeee RoyalTeee 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    It happened on my 8th birthday. my mom and dad had hired a bunch of people for my party that day.. we had a circus themed party for all the neighborhood kids in my upscale town...
    rachael982 rachael982 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 6 Responses Mar 3

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