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I have a question to all Americans regardless of etnicity

USA is a very interesting country because all +cultures , +ethnicity, religion and background of people lives there. It is the most +diverse country I ever seen.

Do you still have knowledge about your +ancestry ? Does your ancestral roots still influence your way of life?

The +United-States is a country of Immigrants, well we do have the Native Americans but Majority of People there regardless of ethnicity are immigrants.

I Encountered White Americans who have no knowledge of their European lineage,They speak only English but they have no idea where their ancestors came from, They simply call them selves American who happens to be Caucasian. There are also ones that know where their ancestors came from, Some of them still have influences of their ancestry as part of their culture and some don't. Italian Americans I think are one of the Caucasians in the US who still have influences of their ancestral culture on their life.

Italian Americans, Some of them can still speak Italian, Some don't but you will notice there are still shades of Italian culture on their families like they still eat Italian Food and still practice some Italian family values.

I Have met Asian Americans in the United States that Still speak their ancestral language and identify as their ethnicity while there are ones who don't speak their ancestral language but Identifies as Asian American. Then I know a Filipino American who can speak Tagalog but Identifies as American and not as Filipino, He have a sister though who doesn't Identify as American nor Asian American, She just see her self as Filipino.

I once met a Mexican American woman with a bit of Portuguese Ancestry and she is very proud to be a citizen of the United States but she also embraces her Ancestral roots. She loves speaking Spanish with fellow Hispanics.

This is my Question to All Americans regardless of background, Does your Ancestral heritage still have influences in you ? Do you still speak your Ancestral language? Do you still cook and eat the foods from your ancestral cuisine?

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Scorpie wrote on October 19, 2014, 3:09 PM

My heritage is French and it may come up in conversation but that is about as far as it's influence goes. I think of myself as an American, not a Frenchman. As for the cuisine angle I don't give a rat's furry backside for French food and I haven't been able to find a good bottle of wine since about 1996.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 19, 2014, 3:43 PM

Is your French Ancestry from multiple generations or a more recent one? I think Many immigrants dont teach talks to their children in English and tries to Americanized their children, While others try to continue the culture in American soil.

vserrao1 wrote on October 19, 2014, 5:56 PM

It is better to just classify oneself as American, regardless of background. I have seen fighting amongst the Americans who stick to their nationalities. For example, the Italian-Americans and the Irish-Americans fight and do not associate with each other, but they are American born. Look at the Russian-American and the Polish-Americans. They segregate themselves yet are American born. Look at the Haitian-American and Bahamian-American, both groups don't like each other but are American. If you are American then you are American.

Bensen32 wrote on October 19, 2014, 6:58 PM

It's a good question and as an American I know many many Americans that don't know anything about their heritage but they will say they are part this or that. Like myself I am part Polish, Norwegian, Irish and German. Though I know hardly anything of the Irish and German since those grandparents died when I was very young, I do know more about the Norwegian at least where my grandfather came from and the family history. I know more about the Polish side since my Grandmother was proud to be Polish. I can somewhat understand when someone speaks polish however I can't really speak it other than a few words here and there.

I guess it all depends on what was passed down from generation to generation.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 19, 2014, 7:00 PM

I think Asian Americans are the most disunited, African Americans are the most united that's why they were seen as a mainstream market in entertainment industry. They wont care if the person descended from the Slaves or they immigrated from Africa or Carribean.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 19, 2014, 7:01 PM

what you dont like about the food? the spice or the exotic ingredients like Alligator meat? I want to try them though

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 19, 2014, 7:05 PM

Usually culture is not pass down because many immigrant parents wanted their children to assimilate to the new society. I remember Racquel Welch who is Latino said her dad didn't let her learn Spanish even though she wanted to because he wanted her to be all American.

SLGarcia wrote on October 19, 2014, 8:24 PM

I have a very mixed ancestral background. Because of that I really don't focus on any one area. English, Hungarian, German, Mexican and Spanish among a few others.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 19, 2014, 10:01 PM

My Father is Greek and his parents (my grand parents) immigrated to America in the early 1900s. My Father speaks Greek but my sister and I never learned it. We did learn about the Greek culture and food through our relatives. We even visited Greece in the 1970s when I was 13. My Mother's ancestors come from England and there was one from Scotland.

Even though I am half Greek, I have always considered myself a Greek American (with Southern USA roots). I was born and raised in the South of America and also consider myself a Southerner.

bestwriter wrote on October 19, 2014, 11:07 PM

And they call themselves Americans!! This thought has occurred to me several times. I wonder getting a citizenship gives them the right to call themselves Americans?
I loved reading this post.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 5:12 AM

I originally wanted to publish this in bubblews but my heart tells me it belongs to persona paper.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 5:15 AM

That is a very diverse background I have a feeling your ancestors had been in the US for multiple generations

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 5:16 AM

Have you tried adding some Southern twist to some Greek food? Though you didn't learn the language it is really awesome that you still have cultural influences of your Greek heritage.

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 5:56 AM

And here I thought the Acadians came from France. But, what do I know.

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 5:58 AM

You'll probably get a better discussion and you'll actually get paid your earnings here. :)

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 6:00 AM

There's some Irish and Scottish and a little bit of mutt. My ancestors were very busy people. I just wish I could learn more about my ancestors.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 6:13 AM

I have a feeling you dont speak Irish Gaelge nor Scottish Gaelge.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 6:14 AM

They were from France but Frogs, Alligators and Crawfish are common in Louisiana hence influencing then cuisine.

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 8:21 AM

I barely speak modern, American English, so, hahaha, no I don't.

SLGarcia wrote on October 20, 2014, 9:32 AM

They actually have not been for very many. For the most part I am a second generation American (on my Mother's side). On my Father's side I am a 3rd to 5th generation.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:00 PM

by far this my most successful persona paper article. i think following my heart paid off.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:02 PM

When you mean modern American English you mean words like : OMG, Hashtag, Twerk, Selfie, Dawg, amirite and booty.

LoudMan wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:52 PM

A lot of that, yes. I also "converse" as opposed to "conversate." And I recognize the sarcasm of "I could care less." :)

AliCanary wrote on October 20, 2014, 7:09 PM

Most people know their ancestry, or most of it, anyway. I identify as Scots-Irish, mainly, but I'm actually also part Welsh and French (on my mom's side) and German and Native American (on my dad's side). The Native Anerican part is Mohawk.

By the way, tagging here doesn't work like it does on BUbblews. Adding + to your words doesn't do anything. You have to add a hashtag, like on Twitter.

AliCanary wrote on October 20, 2014, 7:12 PM

And to answer your other questions, no I don't speak Erse (Irish) or Gaelic. I do speak some French and German, but not because of my ancestry; just because I like to learn languages. I have also studied Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, and Serbian.

paigea wrote on October 20, 2014, 11:35 PM

Well, I'm Canadian, not American. My family on my father's side has been in North America since the early 1700s. They have been in Canada since around 1766. The people marrying into that line have been from all over and aren't documented well. So, we call ourselves Canadian.

paigea wrote on October 20, 2014, 11:37 PM

I thought Acadians came from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick? They arrived there from France. They wouldn't swear allegience to the British Monarch and left or were made to leave.

LoudMan wrote on October 21, 2014, 12:16 AM

'gator is good! I was surprised how good it is. Really.

LoudMan wrote on October 21, 2014, 7:50 AM

Way better than chicken. Chicken isn't really the best meat out there, anyway. They don't pee, so they ooze their urine through their skin. :)

momathome wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:59 AM

On my maternal grandparents side I have English and Native American (unsure of specific tribe) ancestry. On my maternal grandfathers, I received Irish & Cherokee. From my fathers side, I get English, Irish and Cherokee.

As to maintaining our ethnic heritage, I would have to say no. That doesn't mean that I'm not aware of where I came from but it does mean that I have embraced the country I live in.

scheng1 wrote on December 28, 2014, 9:07 AM

Actually I think my country, Singapore, is the most diverse of all.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on December 28, 2014, 9:24 AM

I dont see Black people and Latinos in Singapore, It is diverse but not as Diverse as US.

MelissaE wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:31 PM

No, my ancesters came to America with the first wave of Scots-Irish in the late 1700s. They settled in the Appalachian Mountains and spread from there. We're definitely American. If anything, we're Southerners, which is a subculture all its own. That is a great question, though.