cultural heritage

  1. I think I'm starting to sort out where everybody lives and it's been great getting to know all of you better. I think that it would be facinating to find out just how broad a spectrum of cultures all us members are. Please indulge me once again.
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  3. by   Beach_RN
    OK......... I am Puerto Rican and Cuban, my parents came to New York.... for better opportunities......were married and BAM! I was Born In the U.S.... I am completely bilingual.... English & Espanol..... I even dream in both languages....


    I am married to a Croatian. ..... his parents also came to the U.S. for a better life..... he was born in the U.S He speaks a dialect of the Croation language.

    Our children r Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Croation! We try to teach them all about our cultures.... my son understands Spanish
    refuses to speak it... my daughter on the other hand..is trying very hard to learn!

    We haven't really tried to teach them Croation....... we think the Spanish... is more important as far as a language is concerned!

    Brenda
  4. by   adrienurse
    Lets talk about me. I am mostly French Canadian. My relatives bearing my last name apparently came to Quebec in the 17th century, as part of Louis the XIV's army. They decided to stay and assimilated themselves into the culture. They moved to Manitoba at the start of the 20th century because they were giving away free land to Catholic "of good faith". I apparenly also have some Native Canadian blood in me. Probably Cree or Saultaux -- this makes me Métis. My Mother's mother came from what is now Slovakia when she was 9. She grew up in Thunder Bay Ontario. I came into this world in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1976. I speak French as a second language (my friends tell me that they can tell this by the fact that I botch up English expressions all the time). Don't ask me how I ended up with pale skin and Red hair .

    Proud to be a Canadian Flatlander.
  5. by   alwaysthere
    Celtic.
  6. by   dianah
    Half Greek, half "heinz 57," I think. Paternal grandmother was sent over to US by Greek family, to marry pat. grandfather, cuz she was in love with a boy in Greece but family didn't approve; the boy apparently made the grave mistake of being Turkish. I don't understand it, but that's what happened. So Grandparents were married, and my dad was born in Texas. Mom was born in Bay Area (CA), nee Bell. Don't know a bit of Greek; have learned some Spanish @ work, took 4yr of French eons ago, in High School (very rusty now). Would love to learn more languages.
    My sister prepared family tree last year, found out some family on pat. grandmother's side still lived in Greece; traveled there the past two summers to meet and visit with cousins. Had a great time. Would like to go sometime myself. . .
  7. by   DebsZoo
    Irish, Welsh, American Indian, German........married to Irish, Dutch, German...................heinz 57 all the way
  8. by   delirium
    Brit, through and through (dental bills to prove it).

    I am actually a direct descendant of an English ethnologist who emigrated to America to study the native American culture (and have the clunky surname to prove it).

    I'm all about proving things today, huh?
  9. by   aimeee
    English on dad's side, with ancestors being traced back to colonial days. German on Mom's with much more recent immigration, think it was my great grandmother who came over. The community I was brought up in had a large percentage of scandinavian people as well as a fair amount from Poland, so that has also had a big cultural influence on me.
  10. by   cmggriff
    WASP, Apparently although the line on my father's side disappears beyond my greatgrandfather. Redneck, all the males on both sides either coal miners, oil field workers or some less respectable career. But education and opportunity have allowed me to overcome a lot of that. Gary
  11. by   researchrabbit
    Dad's side married anyone cute who walked by (they are the most marrying family I have ever seen; all his sibs have been married at least 3 times. Dad's oldest sister at 96 used to go dancing and insisted Dad go with "to keep the men off"). Dad's mom came into Oklahoma during the Land Run.

    All mom's grandparents emigrated from Germany about the same time; my grandpa was disowned as a young man when he decided to become a Lutheran minister. He wanted to be a missionary, but during WWI he was not allowed to go to Africa for fear he was a "German Spy" (he wasn't), so they stayed here. He drove a horse and buggy at his first job, lived to see the first man on the moon. I can't imagine what that must have been like.

    Both parents are the youngest siblings of very large familes and both have only one sibling living now.

    So...half German. Quite a lot of Native American (which is what we put on the line for "ethnicity", except for Mom, of course). Hispanic/Spanish. Irish. English. Scots. And who knows what else.

    My brother is a professor of economics at a university. He is also a very professional, no-nonsense sort of person...and can't stand the brand of political correctness practiced by his university...when the school had "Diversity Day", students were encouraged to "dress up" to reflect their heritage. The professors were told they HAD to dress up...that day, when he came to work in his usual bow tie and white shirt, some well meaning soul in administration brought him a Native American headdress and told him he was REQUIRED to wear it.

    Steve's reply was, "Well, I'm also half German. I'll just go home and put on my Nazi Wehrmacht (storm trooper) uniform, shall I?" (no, he doesn't have one and does not subscribe to any nazi viewpoints). No one asked him to "dress up" again.
  12. by   Ted
    On my father's side, German.

    On my mother's side, Polish, with a little Italian, French and English.

    I'm a mut!

    Ted

    P. S. Several years ago, I found out that my mother's grandmother (my great grandmother) was a Polish Princess. Apparently, during my great grandmother's youth, she had her own maids, etc. I guess this was before the communits (or was it the Germans) took over Poland (what ever country took over Poland first). Great grandmother Yaksak (sorry, don't know the correct spelling of her name) and her family came to America to escape that hostile take over. What I think is cool is that IF this story is true (and I believe that it is). . . . I'm a Polish Prince! You've been reading postings from royalty!!!

    (No jokes, please!)

    Cheers!

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Aug 16, '02
  13. by   Carleigh
    Native American-Cherokee, French, Irish and who knows what else! The Cherokee dominates my looks.
    Brenda, I envy you growing up bilingual. I speak Spanish but not as fluently as I would like. A friend of mine was born in Panama and when she speaks English, it is without an accent and the same when she speaks Spanish.
  14. by   jevans
    I was born and live in Wales

    Father's family are settled Romanies but mother's family are Welsh

    Hubby's family are welsh / English

    j

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