Filipino Third Culture Kids in Ireland Survey

Thank you so much for your willingness to answer my survey regarding Filipino Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Ireland.  Your answers will help me learn the struggles and triumphs of TCKs and determine how Art can help make my youth work more inclusive and appealing to Filipino youth migrants.

A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is defined as someone who has spent a considerable portion of his or her childhood in a country other than his or her parents' countries.  In this case, a Filipino TCK in Ireland is someone who moved from the Philippines to Ireland at some point during his childhood or young adulthood.  Any TCK has a tendency to mix and merge their birth culture with their adopted culture, creating one of their own: a third culture.  

TCKs are quite known to be quite "worldly," having a deeper understanding of different cultures, perspectives and world views, and some find being "rootless" as giving them a sense of freedom.  However, TCKs also struggle with issues of personal and cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and definitions of what "home" is.

* 1. How old are you?

* 2. Are you

* 3. When did you move to Ireland?


* 4. Why did you move to Ireland from the Philippines?

* 5. Are your parents 

* 6. Do you have Filipino friends?

* 7. Do you have more Filipino friends than non-Filipino friends?

* 8. Do you feel more comfortable with Filipino friends than non-Filipino friends?

* 9. As a Third Culture Kid, I feel lost between two cultures.

* 10. As a Third Generation Kid, I feel uneasy, unstable and uncomfortable, like I do not belong.

* 11. As a Third Culture Kid, I am more adaptive in that I can easily cross between cultures.  I am more open-minded and empathetic of other cultures.

* 12. "Living as a TCK feels liberating: I feel as though I’m wearing different masks, and I am constantly able to reinvent myself. Being rootless has given me a sense of freedom."
Do you agree with that statement?

* 13. Identity is attached to a sense of belonging, usually through family ties or deep emotional connections. Home suggests an emotional place – somewhere you truly belong, but I, like many other TCKs, never quite feel at home anywhere. It feels sometimes that I am in limbo. I am a strange mix of I-don’t-know-what, and sometimes I feel as if I’ll never find that one place where I belong 100%.  I don't really know where home is.
Do you agree to this statement?

* 14. "I feel blessed to have had the privilege of experiencing two cultures.  The sense of being at home in two places is part of who I am, which is a collection of two places.  Being rootless doesn’t mean I don’t belong anywhere; it means I choose to belong to two, which makes who I am, which shapes my identity."
Do you agree?

* 15. I will have a stronger sense of identity or I will have a stronger understanding of who I am if I know more about both my home country and my host country.

* 16. If you were to meet a new friend from the Philippines who just came to Ireland, what would you advice him to do so he can adjust better in Ireland and not experience "culture shock" or a sense of confusion or uncertainty?

* 17. There should be art workshops where Filipino Third Culture Kids in Ireland can talk more about the issues, challenges, and benefits or advantages of being a TCK in Ireland, as well as express their thoughts through different art forms.

* 18. What art forms do you think will the youth appreciate in order to learn about Growing Up as a Third Culture Kid?

* 19. What topics would you want discussed in the workshop "Growing Up as a Third Culture Kid?"

* 20. Please describe how you feel as a Third Culture Kid in Ireland through an art form (poem, essay, song, or drawing).  Kindly send it to  The best art work will be given a €80 Arnott's voucher.  Deadline is on 25 December 2017.