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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 89 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Everyday I fall in love with my kids over and over again. Why can't all of us "adults" behave more like them? No hang-ups, no grudges, no bitterness or envy. Just everything from...
    Mr187 Mr187 41-45, M 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I know how hard it is to come home and raise my kids for a few hours every night. I can't imagine staying home all day every day taking care of kids and trying to teach them...
    lovingfatherofthree lovingfatherofthree 36-40, M 13 hrs ago

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    I boxed from the age of ten until I was nearly sixty years old and studied and taught Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga. The reason for this preface is because two men and a...
    Smokedog32 Smokedog32 66-70, M 3 days ago

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    I see anime illustration everywhere I go in Japan. Train staff iconized as a pretty female anime character makes announcements; a model appears as an anime character in ads. Games...
    katsuobushi katsuobushi 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    When I was an elementary school kid, I happened to witness my dad sitting in front of a TV alone in the empty house and watching a girl's anime, when I came home. It left a strong...
    katsuobushi katsuobushi 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    I wanted to have a child so bad in my life, i did everything to get pregnant. I dont care about love and marriage. All i wanted was a child. And im happy i became my child. I know...
    lonely4560 lonely4560 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    While my sister and I were growing up my mom smoked like a total chimney, still does. She never let a window open in the house or in the car, she told us we needed to be around...
    rosiepatch rosiepatch 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    This experience was very traumatic and I am still trying to get over it. I don't think I will ever fully move past it. This happened just over a year ago when I was 14. It was a...
    EllaTheStalker EllaTheStalker 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    my husband and I are so happy we made the decision to forego kids. we love the quiet, the freedom, and our kitties!! hell I can barely take care of myself some days, I don't need...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 28

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    My incident happened 20 years ago... I was grabbed from behind as I walked to my car, with my 2 children (3 and 5 years old at the time). I can still remember the brutte strength...
    jbean131 jbean131 46-50, F Aug 25

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    I was about 5-6 years old when this happen. I used to live directly across from a park as a kid, I used to playing the ball diamond, cause as a kid I played softball. While I was...
    Befree1988 Befree1988 26-30, F Aug 25

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    I've never thought about having a large family with me, my partner and a bunch of kids. I do not plan on having kids period and NOO NO NO it's not just a phase. Just because I'm a...
    xMellowButterflyx xMellowButterflyx 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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    All the time I go back for thirds that's the nice part about not caring what you weigh so what skinny people think.
    chubbyhubby250 chubbyhubby250 36-40, M Aug 25

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    Yesterday I went to the city because the China town has extended with new cool shops. But to my dismay An elder friend had to bring her grandson along because the mother called on...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 24

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    I hate that people always tell me (even on pages like this) that I might change my mind. I hated kids my whole life and had to help my mom raise my brothers cause my dad was...
    BrokenAndDown BrokenAndDown 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    Anime is Love...Anime is life, far better than most the American cartoons we have on now...Some of my personal favourites are.... Ergo Proxy:One of the best Short animes I have...
    Beerus Beerus 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    In typically called a kid because of my height. ( I'm 17 and 4 feet 8 inches) it annoys me so much that people think that just cause I'm short that means I'm a kid.
    ZombieQueen17 ZombieQueen17 16-17, F Aug 20

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    The parents are why kids are like this...everyone uses the same emotional discipline thing yet it almost never works...All the kids in this world are clowns who do not care about...
    Beerus Beerus 22-25, M Aug 20

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    my husband and i for married last year. I hate kids, particularly the young ones. I don't mind them as much if they're older, as long as they behave. however, my husband wants kids...
    gingerru gingerru 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 20

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    "Oh when you get older, you'll change your mind." I'm not saying youre wrong. But I'm not saying youre correct either. When I get older, I don't see children in my life. I want a...
    0KatieKat0 0KatieKat0 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    There is a lot more to disciplining kids than just spanking them when they screw up, although that is a very necessary part. Another is not spoiling them. When I was little, I knew...
    pagandad pagandad 66-70, M Aug 19

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    Actually, I now have 3 kids in college. One is married with kids of her own. The next three are in college (all prestigious private universities) and one left at home. We just...
    SubSided SubSided 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 18

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    So over the past few years (ok maybe 12 yrs), I have felt that a friend on mine's kid was my own daughter. All of the time frames fit as to her being my daughter. I have seen...
    mrhollerly mrhollerly 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    I used binaural beats on youtube to help open my third eye. the first time I felt like I was looking through my third eye I was meditating and it felt like my eyes were slowly...
    mattzoidhead mattzoidhead 26-30, M Aug 16

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    Just because a person may be female, it doesn't necessarily mean that she should automatically want to have kids. I have seen a few women in my life who aren't married and don't...
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