Polonia World - do they live in the past? Jul 12, 2013 6:01:44 GMT -7
Post by kaima on Jul 12, 2013 6:01:44 GMT -7
It is okay that many Americans feel attracted or connected to their European roots as long that they don't forget who they really are. Americans. And most Americans are a mix of various European nations. Like my niece and nephew from Milwaukee, they have Polish-American, Ukrainian-American and Italian-American roots due to their parents. Their mother is Polish American. My cousin, who had two Polish parents who came to the USA at the end of the war and after the war and spoke Polish at home. The father of the boy and girl has parents with Ukrainian and Italian roots. So they are Americans with Central-European, Eastern-European and Southern-European roots, but in the same time are very American kids.
Pieter, I hope I left the proper context of your statement to continue.
I also think we all quite ignore the melting pot of Europe, with all of the shifts and changes in populations over the many centuries and even predating our written history.
When the Plague wiped out vast areas in the Black Forest, foreigners were brought in to repopulate the area. Same after the Mongols in Hungary, and the plagues wiped out the Hungarian/Slovak wine growers who had lived there since before the dawn of written history. Italian wine growers were brought in to reestablish the industry.
There were so many cases of this cross-fertilization, colonization and shifting of populations and invitation to new settlers that for us to speak of any 'pure' people is fantasy. Yet our discussions always seem to be based on this, that today's ethnic and cultural borders always existed except as we record them.
I believe that is a very false concept, but one in which we are trapped.