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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 79 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 2 Responses May 22, 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 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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    We are all the result of culture because; "If you were raised by a headhunter tribe in the amazon, if you never saw anything else, and never traveled, you'd be a headhunter" If...
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    Seriously and I'm not cute either. Just because of the appellation of my years is of lower range, does not mean I am a kid. It is psyhical but mentally I am not a child. When will...
    20CoolerPony 20CoolerPony 13-15, M 6 hrs ago

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    When I was a kid, I thought police officers were heroes, and I wanted to be one. At some point, I stopped believing they were heroes. At a later point, I stopped caring if I were...
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    I'm naturally drawn to men that have strong personalities/characters and that tend to be in a position of power. I believe my own personality is such that people either love me or...
    Ladygrey79 Ladygrey79 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    I enjoy learning about culture and race.Since I'm black and Mongolian,(I say that since Asian is not a race)) and Jamaican, Chinese, I like to learn about my roots.I'm very...
    Mynameisleela Mynameisleela 26-30, F Oct 7

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    Customers who are extremely proficient concerning this spot and respond to travellers’ inquiries often.Italy is known throughout the world as a location the place high...
    Wendolynce106 Wendolynce106 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 28

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    I just find japanese culture mesmerizing (such an odd selection of word, i know)
    roseinsurvival roseinsurvival 13-15 1 Response Oct 10

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    I want to know different cultures, travel the world and have never had that experience.
    TedyRock TedyRock 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 14

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    reading about the third eye and based on my dreams and experiences im wondering if mine is naturally open? when I was younger I dreamt of things that would happen in the near...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 16

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    I received a message from the universe about a week ago, I was asking why the Pleiadian people wouldn't come speak to me and during meditation I saw a white wall, and then as if it...
    meshbegin meshbegin 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    What is "opening your third eye" Or how can you tell you done it? Sorry I don't know :(
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    I have been in a friendship with several friendship groups since I began secondary school. However, whenever I'm with any of these people, I always feel as if me being there or not...
    vanillachocolectra vanillachocolectra 13-15, F Oct 12

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    I made an Irish drinking song, because I'm Irish and I drink. Hey, screaming lady in the grocery isle! You shouldn't have kids! Hey, you in the minivan leaving your child! You...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    To be a Trainer, I had been really impressed. Her voice was potent, directed, and so resonant, soaring higher than the singing/yelling children in all the tunes. She was ready to...
    Laurenazrj90 Laurenazrj90 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    I love my kids more than anybody I could ever love!! My sons are 8 and 6 and a daughter on the way in a few weeks, days, minutes, hours who knows lol...I had them when I was 17 and...
    Kayloves060814 Kayloves060814 22-25, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've never understood how anyone could look at people with kids or babies and say to themselves, "Yeah, that looks like fun. That would make my life better." How HIGH would you...
    lillydontcare lillydontcare 26-30 22 hrs ago

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    I am 17 years old and it has been a year since doctors told me that i will never be able to have kids. At first i managed to overcome it - i wasn't sure if i want kids anyway. But...
    rosesexton rosesexton 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 27

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    I miss being a Kid. I have been working since I was 11 years old.I missed almost everything a kid would normally have in his childhood.I am trying to compensate the years I lost. I...
    HopelessPhilosopher HopelessPhilosopher 22-25, M Oct 12

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    Among the joys of having kids is that one gets to enjoy kids toys, children's books, kids movies ... And a lot of them are quite good. We rewatched "How to Train Your Dragon" today...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    Selene: A Lunar Building Game - Possess a blast Understanding in regards to the moon and planetary geology (ages 9 and older; father or mother/guardian authorization demanded).Did...
    Laurenazrj90 Laurenazrj90 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 3

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    Frankly, That's Just A Bullshit Excuse Most people nowadays come from divorced parents & they turn out just fine. If anything, I think it is more harmful for the children to grow...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    Lucas: daddy am i stwange Me: no why would you ever think that Lucas: kids say that sometimes Me: well those kids don't have any right saying anything about you they don't know...
    singledaddy101 singledaddy101 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 13

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    It's my strength and at times, my down-fall from being a kid at heart. Sometimes I embarrass myself due to my wide-eyed kid in me. Mostly I am, feeling playful, everything has got...
    MorningBreeze MorningBreeze 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 14

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    Hello. I'd like to share my story and see if anyone has anything similar. A few months ago I've had this dull pain in my left abdomen and I decided to go to the doctor and get some...
    matt3368 matt3368 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 14

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    Hello. I'd like to share my story and see if anyone has anything similar. A few months ago I've had this dull pain in my left abdomen and I decided to go to the doctor and get some...
    matt3368 matt3368 26-30, M Oct 14

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    If I have kids, this is what could happen to them 1: I have very low stress tolerance levels. I could ignore the child because I can't take care of it properly from the extreme...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45, T 2 Responses Oct 16

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    I don't have any kids I would like to have kids but I cant afford kids I have no money I don't even have a job
    jon200547 jon200547 26-30, M Oct 4

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    I really don't care what others have to think about my being kiddish every now and then. I completely know that I am one of the responsible persons on this planet. But more than...
    hiddentears hiddentears 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    If you do drugs don't have a kid. If you are having sex with various people don't have a kid. Therefor if you are mentally or physically unstable Don't Have A Kid.
    burnedmemories burnedmemories 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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