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I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 77 People

    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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    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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    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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    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!

    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 8

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    Im not Irish, but have always been intrigued by the Irish culture. :)I've also always liked the Irish band, U2 ever since I was a kid and like the Irish-American rap group, House...
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    If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not...
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    I never enjoyed History in Highschool, let alone actually enjoy Highschool. I picked Geography over history in my 3rd year of highschool, being 13 history is not exactly on my mind...
    MisssValentine MisssValentine 18-21, F Aug 11

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    Well, I live in Europe, never really met an Native American in person, but since i was about 11 i was obsessed about their culture. About their past and present. I actually went on...
    anouk33 anouk33 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Lestermg94 Lestermg94 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Well, Dreads ARE a part of Black Culture. Sooo…dunno why y'all soo butthurt.
    thanamesnyaa thanamesnyaa 16-17, F Jul 22

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    I love traveling and meeting different people and various cultures. It is always an enriching experience. What about you ?
    Patfr Patfr 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 3

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    I'm from the mother land, I love who I'm where I'm from. Most of all I love my culture, it is part of me,part of who I'm. Yes some dark skin such as me say "oh no I'm not African...
    cocoastrawberry cocoastrawberry 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    I'm going to keep this short and sweet. my best friend and i have been best friends ever since 2nd grade. I love her too death and nothing will ever change that but now we both...
    amarie99 amarie99 13-15, F Aug 14

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    Good day, Top of the day, I hope every ones ok, I had a pretty rough night last night still struggling with the way he died, I can get this out of my mind for the love of God...
    streets718 streets718 56-60, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    My day today was great, I did so many things I forgot , I had my neighbor to put all the cords up to his play station and his Xbox, they have been down since he passed my son and I...
    streets718 streets718 56-60, F 1 day ago

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    Modern mass culture, aimed at the "consumer", the civilisation of prosthetics, is crippling people's souls, setting up barriers between man and the crucial questions of his...
    RasinBoy RasinBoy 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    have you ever liked this one person that you just didnt know what or how to confront them, until one day they comeand talk to you and then -as if the world is finally acting ending...
    lemurianstar lemurianstar 16-17, M Jul 26

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    I always feel like a third wheel..
    kenner17 kenner17 18-21, F Aug 3

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    So I have two best friends (let's call them Katie and Jessica) I have been friends with both of them for about 9 years and we are all really close to each other , last year we...
    clifforwin clifforwin 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    I hate being a third wheel
    yhitoshi9 yhitoshi9 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 11

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    I've been in a relationship. So I know what it's like to be coupled. When you're back to being single it's hard not to hope for company all the time. My friends are all taken and...
    dustyoldclock dustyoldclock 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I've been in a relationship. So I know what it's like to be coupled. When you're back to being single it's hard not to hope for company all the time. My friends are all taken and...
    dustyoldclock dustyoldclock 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I learned so many things through my grief, things I never knew before, all the pain and sufferings and I learned a lot about my self, I learned the first year was just experiencing...
    streets718 streets718 56-60, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My sons Anniversary is in 3 more months, the starting of my third year, has it been this long? but it seems like yesterday, still excepting my second year I'm finding it still hard...
    streets718 streets718 56-60, F 3 days ago

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    I have a big smile on my face right now, I don't know who you new people are yet but I have a feeling I'll get to know you all, Lance you made me smile, thank you, I hear my sons...
    streets718 streets718 56-60, F 2 days ago

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    Ever since I was 14 years old, I never wanted to have kids. I have no maternal instincts and don't like being around kids very long. Even though I live with my parents, I love my...
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    I remember, even as a kid, if I watched a movie with a villain, or a kidnap or rape scene, I would come up with fantasies about it. I used to fantasize that some hulking guy would...
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