On Feb 16, 2:23am, Michael Duggan. user wrote:
> <<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
I wonder what the very large numbers of immigrants to Britain from all
over the planet would say about this. It seems to me that their
efforts & their struggle to both integrate & preserve their heritage
at the same time resemble a lot of what I'm familiar with here in the
US. But as an outsider I'm not at all sure how they really feel. It
would be interesting to hear more about this. There' ve been a fair
number of movies & good books written about it.
It might also be helpful for some to consider how they would feel if
they emigrated to a new location which had a different native culture,
one they weren't totally familiar with. It's unlikely they would
instantly acclimate. Immigrants to America didn't check their culture
at Ellis Island. Some did but by & large they carried it with them
along with whatever else they brot. It often seems that folks not
from the US or Canada don't realize that these countries are so large
that internally there are quite different cultures to be found in
different areas, places where English is not the dominant language &c.
When we move from place to place we often have to deal with pretty
significant cultural differences. It's not as great as it once
was (the homogenization is really noticeable in the past 20 years)
but it still exists.