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I Am a Third Culture Kid

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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?

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    hay what my name is michael and i am 15 and I aways wanted to have a sister but can't long story but if you are a girl and want to be kidnap let me know in private message ok cause...
    iwantmyfeetlick iwantmyfeetlick 13-15, M 2 hrs ago

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    hay what up my name is michael and I am 15 years old and I am 5'9 in hight and may shoes size is 13 and I want to be kidnap with someone who want to worship my feet boy or girl it...
    iwantmyfeetlick iwantmyfeetlick 13-15, M 2 hrs ago

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    I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years we have a 6 month old and he has a little boy from a previous relationship. I do struggle with this more now because since having our son...
    Jenbell3 Jenbell3 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    I'm sick to death of people saying that Anime and Manga=Japanese culture.
    BATHROOM1 BATHROOM1 13-15 4 hrs ago

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    I was a huge fan when I was in high school. but not anymore after I addicted to kpop culture. recently, I downloaded mangarock apps. treasure back what I' be read when I was a high...
    jalanyanglurus jalanyanglurus 22-25, F 6 hrs ago

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    I've come to realize over the years, I have the best morals out of most of my family. But I still don't trust myself to raise a kid.
    yopper52 yopper52 13-15, F 8 hrs ago

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    My 8 year old nephew overheard a conversation I was having one of my friends who happens to be a lesbian. (We were talking about her anniversary and how she celebrated it with her...
    TheCunylinguist TheCunylinguist 41-45, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I am a pastor's kid, and more accurately, I'm a person whose father and older brother happen to be pastors. Truly knowing this somewhat helps take the blame off of myself for not...
    Borg2063 Borg2063 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    Of course God only gave to those morons and arseholes kids, those who only wanted to fvck not to have kids.. Then claimed I'm a pro choice.. Or the kids ended up growing only with...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Little kids are cute and pure. I seem to attract little kids because for some reason I can relate to them. I like little boys the most.
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    Brought my kids to Mcdonald's to play while I sit here on my laptop and work. Life couldn't be better. Being able to work and play while being with my kids the whole time is truly...
    vero423314 vero423314 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Brought my kids to Mcdonald's to play while I sit here on my laptop and work. Life couldn't be better. Being able to work and play while being with my kids the whole time is...
    vero423314 vero423314 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Looking through ones third eye is like experiencing a hidden sense
    marsbars010 marsbars010 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Kid, instead of kids. Yes, I love my kiddo, and I would do just about anything for my kid. I am the one person on this planet that has to ensure my kid grows up to be a great...
    TW8NY TW8NY 41-45, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Overtake→ A boy with his parents was travelling in their car. Father was driving and son was sitting in the back. Dad was driving this car very carefully because it was quite...
    wintersecret wintersecret 31-35, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've lived in a lot of different places now, and everywhere I go I have certain activities I seek: downtown areas, museums, cafes, parks, theatre, and unique attractions. I've...
    katappi katappi 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Dear Sir /Madam, Do you want to sell your kidney? Are you seeking for an opportunity to sell your kidney for money due to financial break down and you don’t know what to do, then...
    cityhospital cityhospital 36-40 6 days ago

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    I always have. Of course you got those 'pro-Natalist' who are like, well you were a kid once! Yeah and I was annoying. Just because I was a kid once doesn't mean I can't think they...
    LilithRorke LilithRorke 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    thanks for letting me join. im a father of 7 kids and have spanked other kids before. if you need assistance with discipline with your kids and need a experianced disciplinarian...
    spankyouhard spankyouhard 56-60, M 6 days ago

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    I as a non religious person cannot fathom how you can take a book that conflicts like crazy so seriously. You can be a Christian and still change your beliefs with the times. This...
    jlogan5000 jlogan5000 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 29

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    15 minutes on line at Dunkin Donuts to get one cup of coffee. All because some little girl about 6 or 7 kept having a tantrum because they were out of the type of Munchkins she...
    SpanknDad SpanknDad 41-45, M 6 Responses Jun 29

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    I am a married woman of 5......3 are his and 2 are mine. My 7yr old nephew lives with me also. I find more comfort and happiness with my children than I do with my husband...
    wishforsinglelife wishforsinglelife 36-40, F Jun 29

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    Whenever I complain about annoying, rude, demon kids I see out in public I automatically get turned into satan. I'm sorry I don't like getting ran into by your hellspawn as I'm...
    SphiDaSledgehammer SphiDaSledgehammer 18-21, F Jun 28

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    If Wishes were Fishes: FAT EDITION EP Note: In the past I've done stories like this and there has been some confusion. I'm not looking for solutions I'm venting/looking for other...
    UnhealthySSBBW UnhealthySSBBW 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    I would prefer to say "believe" rather than "think" because I feel so strongly about this. There are people who simply have no right to bring children into the world. You know this...
    DeGustibus DeGustibus 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 26

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