<<As far as "ethnic heritage" is concerned, I have friends in the UK that
find it totally bizarre that we consider ourselves anything other than
Americans. One of my Irish friends can hardly keep from laughing when an
American say, "I'm Irish, or part-Irish.">>
It's an interesting position that your friends overseas are in. Many of my
cousins feel the same way. However, one of them was insightful enough to
point out that Ireland and Britain have a few thousand years of history.
The USA, on the other hand, is still so very new (relatively speaking).
Personally, I think that has much to do with it. We, as Americans, are so
often just trying to find that thing that identifies us as a culture <besides
McDonalds, overwhelming economic power, and an insanely large military, that
is>. Yes, I may be generalizing a bit <maybe quite a bit ;) >. So, you
add that to the amazing amount of media in America--and you have quite a
The one thing I fear is that so many of us seem to be blind to the fact
that there is more to America! I think that by embracing our diversity,
we'll find our commonality.