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I Am a Third Culture Kid

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      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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    It's always fun to understand all culture as their is lots of reasoning and logic on how the culture is developed.. I believe ancient civilization were very sensible, intelligent...
    lovencare lovencare 46-50, M Jul 11

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    If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M 6 days ago

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    Y it's so hard being a GIRL in Muslim family(community)..?! -.- All bloody laws are submitted in women and not men.. Its jus So unfair.. Girsl cant do that, girls cant do this bcoz...
    Nia19 Nia19 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    Yes I do love indian culture, the food and diversity of their culture is pure beauty... Also Adi is one of the best exclusive and limited edition spice they ever brought to life!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 18

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    Each states of India has its own culture for food, dressing, celebrations, seasonal activities, way of life and family values.. There is so much reasoning and scientific reasoning...
    lovencare lovencare 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    I am a writer, and one of my absolute favorite genres to write about is historical fiction. More specifically ancient historical fiction :D ever since my first ancient world...
    janicefromkansas janicefromkansas 18-21, F Jul 11

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    my place is very beautiful that i always think that i am blessed to be born here.there are lots of friends and relatives.but the situations are slowly changing.now with influence...
    nonsenseinnature nonsenseinnature 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 13

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    Third time I was abducted in my dream!! This time I was still 19, but I was kept in an old Victorian house with 2 other girls, a lot younger than me. The Victorian house was in a...
    HollyD23 HollyD23 18-21, F Jul 20

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    Well, Dreads ARE a part of Black Culture. Sooo…dunno why y'all soo butthurt.
    thanamesnyaa thanamesnyaa 13-15, F Jul 22

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    I am the third wheel of my sister and her boyfriend. #livinthelife
    Tiffersneeze Tiffersneeze 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 1

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    Another property in the ESO Uranium portfolio, which requires additional preparatory geological work and exploratory drilling, is called the Hook property. It's about ten miles...
    rsgpfastgold rsgpfastgold 22-25, M Jul 17

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    I feel like I am always a third wheel with my two best friends. Or at least they are supposed to be. One of them is actually understanding to the pain I am going through at home...
    redpanda876 redpanda876 13-15, F Jul 19

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    have you ever liked this one person that you just didnt know what or how to confront them, until one day they comeand talk to you and then -as if the world is finally acting ending...
    lemurianstar lemurianstar 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    I honestly don't want kids. I know some people don't understand it fully, but kids scare me. They're always in everything and making messes and they never listen. If you love them...
    LilMissStats LilMissStats 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    Why should we women be made to feel like, just because we can, we have to have kids? Every woman is supposed to have a maternal side to her apparently but who said that feeling a...
    abbietee abbietee 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I'm very comfortable with myself and I know exactly what I want and I may be young but I'm 100 percent sure I don't want kids and it's a deal breaker for me. People have told me...
    SophieBabe20 SophieBabe20 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    I remember, even as a kid, if I watched a movie with a villain, or a kidnap or rape scene, I would come up with fantasies about it. I used to fantasize that some hulking guy would...
    starfishh starfishh 18-21, F Jul 22

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    Children get a lot of warts. Most of them are girls between the ages of 12 and 16. They get warts more often than adults because their immune systems have not yet built up their...
    wipeoutwartsfast wipeoutwartsfast 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    Kids are hardwork. that is afact you ahve to deal with it. I know that really good. I babysitt a lot mostly children around 5 and 12 years. But eventhough they can cost me my...
    Jennyred Jennyred 13-15, F Jul 1

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    I'm in my mid-30s. I know that isn't old in the grand scheme of things, but I'm getting somewhat nervous that I haven't had any children yet. I'm not married, but dating. The...
    Sdg9791 Sdg9791 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    I know I've posted here before, but I felt the need to post again since some **** has come up. And I could use some unbiased advice! A few days ago, I posted a photo of my fianc...
    shadowkat13 shadowkat13 18-21, F Jul 14

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    But The Adults Were the Worst. When kids bully other kids, although that's bad enough, it's not unusual. Kids could be mean. It is almost expected that most children will...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    First of all i dont have a plan to have kids right now because for one , im gonna finish college two, im still a minor, and three who the heck would want a kid this age? Anyway...
    PartyPoison04 PartyPoison04 13-15, F Jul 17

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    When im older i want fat kids because i was at a swimming pool today and looking around i saw so many kids with double chins belly hang mobs and lovley belly rolls and i thought i...
    lovebeingfat15 lovebeingfat15 13-15, M 5 days ago

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    I know no one is perfect but not everyone should have kids. Doctors and laws should get into parents' IQ, whether they have common sense or not, habits, and salary. Gosh! If one...
    destinii3 destinii3 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm probably one of them with my track record. I'm great with other peoples kids and other peoples life's but I can always give the kids back etc but the accolades go on and on...
    jadedover101 jadedover101 22-25 1 Response Jul 3

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    I remember riding the bus to school as a kid and this one kid calling the bus for mentally and physically disabled kids "the retard bus" I don't remember his name but I resent...
    SuperblackSER SuperblackSER 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    I don't really know why but kids always seem to find being around me fun :P I've never really felt myself around people my age, but when I'm with a 10 year old or something its...
    michaelnutty25 michaelnutty25 16-17, M Jul 7

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    Seriously like wild little kids who run around the stores screaming or parents who don't at least attempt to make their kid stop crying in public. And I hate when people say "they...
    kaylalexi kaylalexi 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 20

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    So yesterday I had to baby sit two kids ages 7 and 5 and holy **** these two drove me insane never have I had so much trouble with kids their age I use to baby sit a 4 and 2 year...
    MissSkye MissSkye 16-17, F 4 days ago

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