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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 93 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 was born in Canada to British parents,

    and I've spent my life torn between the two cultures. I don't feel fully comfortable in either. You wouldn't think that there would be much of a difference between British and Canadian cultures, but when you're in the middle the contrast couldn't be more stark. In Canada, my...
    crossproduct crossproduct 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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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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    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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 25, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Can someone help me with the following: My

    native tongue is A, my partner's native tongue is B, we communicate in English (let's call English a D) . We are moving to a country of the language C and I'm pregnant. Which language should our kid be exposed to? I don't know his language, he doesn't know mine, we will...
    belzebub belzebub 26-30, F Sep 28, 2015

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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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    Related Experiences

    I want 6 kids. I'm 28. Don't want kids after 35 - My cut off age so whatever God blessed me with until then is fine by me :)
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    Any ladies want to talk, I would love to learn about all your cultures and religions, this topic has always fascinated me.
    eastcoast2westcoast eastcoast2westcoast 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    I've seen people on TV who had a genetic condition and If he has a girl it won't be having the same condition but If he has a boy then he'll end up like him and he said I won't...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 5 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    don't get me wrong I love children because I work with them bit its this new generation of them. what ever happened to the children who watched Saturday morning cartoons and having...
    SladeTheLegend SladeTheLegend 18-21, M 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    http://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/the-third-eye-419899
    getgoodfeeling getgoodfeeling 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    (1am and my 6 year old picks his head up from his pillow) My kid: "Daddy? I have a question." Me: "What's the matter babe?" My kid: "Have you ever seen a cow with a green eyebrow...
    StraCat StraCat 31-35, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Over protective people will make their kids fail in life for sure.Many of them might think that the world is so harsh ect. But If you really want to protect your kids then protect...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have a soft spot for kids...they're so innocent and most of them are really sweet...I really love kids ♡
    lovelee83 lovelee83 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm sick and tired of people telling me to have kids when I don't want kids at all.
    krazkcatlady3085 krazkcatlady3085 26-30, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I miss it so much. No work, adult responsibilities, taxes or lawers after us. Kids just eat, sleep, go to school, activities and play. Us adults gotta go to work, pat taxes and...
    BigDDGirl BigDDGirl 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm in a best buddies group in my school where kids with disabilities get to hang out with other kids from school. We play games and honestly I bonded so much with everybody in the...
    Curlygirl228866 Curlygirl228866 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    Kendall here again, I know I post quite often on my mom's account, but she's a very busy person and I have a lot of time so I thought I'd help her out and keep people up to date on...
    Richardson444 Richardson444 56-60, F 6 days ago

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    Don't you just hate It when you tell a kid not to touch your expensive stuff and the stupid mommy cow becomes hostile towards you or bossy acting like there is nothing wrong about...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 2

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    I was never all that interested in having kids. I liked them just fine, I just never really saw myself as a Dad and couldn't imagine taking on that responsibility. I met my...
    Fedup2016 Fedup2016 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    I have always wanted to be kidnapped. Just taken away off the street one day as it try to struggle but am overpowered by you. What would you do if you kidnapped me?
    rosie88566 rosie88566 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Hi guys, this is my first post on EP. I really, really can't stand modern society/culture. It's like the last decade and especially the last few years things are going from bad to...
    lonelyrider11 lonelyrider11 18-21, M Feb 1

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    How fat would you want your kids to be? In a world where there were no health risks, etc., with obesity, how fat would you make your kids get? If it was me, they'd weigh 100...
    ImNotAHipster ImNotAHipster 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 31

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    What is kind of funny is that when you become used to it , it just gives you a laugh. Some cultures rely very heavily on their own media..metaphors..poets..ancient scribes...
    voyelle voyelle 41-45, F Jan 30

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    My workweek starts tonight and usually I get about one day off a week might be saterday or Friday next week, after my shift I go to the gym then I get the kids ready for school...
    oversimplification oversimplification 26-30, F Jan 30

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    I was just informed that a very good friend of mine is having a kid. I'm feeling very conflicted about the news. On one hand, I want to be happy for him. Kids are supposed to be a...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 30

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    i am not in a HUGE rush to have children but i would LOVE a kid or 2. i am looking forward to it but even if i don't have any children i would be okay with that. These things...
    shecanonlydream shecanonlydream 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 30

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    Just send me a message and we can chat, I love the Japanese culture
    TinselCookie607 TinselCookie607 18-21, M Jan 30

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