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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 87 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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?

    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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 8, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    It works my kids are really wellbehaved and well mannered! Teaching your kid right from wrong is essential but don't judge me cause I don't spank. I simply don't believe in...
    cheekyhannah36 cheekyhannah36 36-40, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    i was kidnapped for nine months about nearly two years ago and i'm ready to share i was walking to the beach meant to meet up with a few friends, i was wearing a mini skirt and a...
    teengirl1997 teengirl1997 18-21, F 2 Responses May 18

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    I think lots of us who are immigrants or who live in a different country from our ethnicity will at some point have an identity crisis. You grow up living in a foreign culture and...
    Creampuffs Creampuffs 18-21 May 16

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    I try to keep up with meditating every day on the regular and commit to doing so until i have opened my third eye, one day while i was meditating, i focused really hard and tryed...
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    Even though I have run into quite a few fakes and perverts during my nine months on EP, I have still not given up the hope of getting in touch with real spanking parents here! I...
    Susanna3 Susanna3 31-35, F 1 Response May 11

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    My dad always told me that it's old men that have the dirty minds, probably the boys her age are use to see all this cute girl all the time. Shorts , cheerleaders skirts etc. ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 24

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    A lot of things **** me off about modern culture and our modern society. It's one thing in particular that drives me crazy. That we are so disconnected from nature that we need a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 11

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    I'm pretty much always the third wheel but for the past few months I have became the forth wheel and I must admit this kind of sucks...maybe I'll get promoted back to third wheel...
    ZnikiZ ZnikiZ 16-17, F May 14

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    People making excuses for why Josh Duggar mole sting his sisters is an example of r ape culture and it's honestly very disgusting.
    Allforaview Allforaview 18-21, F May 23

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    I "am" best friends with a girl named Danielle I have been ever since I can remember last year we met this girl named Courtney, and me and Danielle were still best friends but...
    Lainey1213 Lainey1213 13-15, F 1 Response May 2

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    What kind of things have you seen with your third eye? Any stories?
    MissingPlugins MissingPlugins 22-25, F 1 Response May 12

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    Okay so I know this is like themed "third wheel" but I am a fourth wheel and I just really need to put this somewhere. So like I have these three friends in my friend group let's...
    candacefernandez candacefernandez 13-15, F 1 Response May 14

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    Nope not me. In the beginning I wanted them and now I rather tie my tubes. I just cringe when I see babies and kids. I lived with my ex bf and his sister who had 2 and at the end...
    Broke2Fabulous Broke2Fabulous 22-25, F 4 Responses May 19

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    There was a time where i was around 8-9 and all the children was playing on a big snow bank this thing was huge for our age ranges to even be playing on. And there was this kid...
    Autumnflowers Autumnflowers 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    On April 22, 2012 I left my home of 6years and husband due to physical and mental abuse. I had been beaten and raped in my garage for 2days. I escaped when my 6yr old unlocked the...
    HeartbrokenMotherof4 HeartbrokenMotherof4 26-30, F May 10

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    Seriously... some people have kids just because "everyone does"... then after they have kids, they're busy socializing, instagraming, facebooking, and showing off their kids but...
    autotonsorialist autotonsorialist 41-45, F 1 Response May 11

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    I am really into kidnapping and being tied up. I often dream about this: I am walking in a street, late night. Suddenly someone appears, it becomes black and I pass out. I slowly...
    jennamorrisongirl jennamorrisongirl 18-21, F 5 Responses May 14

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    Whenever I talk about what I have been doing for myself, having fun, being carefree and enjoying life, and spenging money on myself, people see me as VERY selfish just because I...
    june199225 june199225 22-25, F May 16

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    I'm one of those people who should NOT have kids. They annoy me to the umpteenth power! Like they're cute and all, but they’re nowhere near cute enough for me to be like, “I...
    RoyalTeee RoyalTeee 26-30, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Yes, I do, they gave me a small morale victory this week that I like to share. For those of you that have been following what’s going on in my home, I’m sure you wouldn’t...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 1 Response May 2

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    My childhood was quite awesome to be honest despite spending more than a few years in foster homes and having some dark moments. It was great. I was the coolest kid I knew in some...
    Orchards Orchards 22-25, M May 12

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    I do feel comfortable enough with my cycle to predict with certainty when I am fertile and when I am not so I definitely won't think of any other control birth bullshit (sorry...
    Aurelielavraie Aurelielavraie 31-35, F 4 Responses May 17

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    I never have wanted kids and never will. I am not a children person can not stand kids. But what annoys me sooo much is when people say " you're still young you'll have them one...
    epsarah94 epsarah94 18-21, F 1 Response May 24

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    pets are SO much more better than kids because:1. you dont have to put it through schooling2. you dont need to buy it clothes3. you dont need special toys or plastic playhouses4...
    june199225 june199225 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    In a previous post I've mentioned that I might change my mind after a couple of years. But after my trip from the Caribbean I don't think I'll ever change my mind. I befriended a...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 1 Response May 2

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