Posted by Lilly/Sadie/whatever from ? (188.8.131.52) on Monday, January 13, 2003 at 5:17PM :
In Reply to: Re: Irish Culture and our lack thereof...sort of. posted by pancho from pool0531.cvx20-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net (184.108.40.206) on Monday, January 13, 2003 at 2:50PM :
I was saying that I attended Finnish/Scandinavian cultural events because I'm half Finnish (& therefore part of the community) & there actually existed a Finnish-American community where I lived which celebrated things like Midsummer & Finnish Independence Day & did other things like put up a Finnish Christmas tree at the local library & provide Finnish music at local events, etc. Therefore I naturally know more about that culture & feel more inclined to remember the holidays, rituals, etc. associated with that culture, not to mention the adorable, blonde hockey players.
THE OTHER HALF OF MY HERITAGE IS CHALDEAN/ASSYRIAN, & I was not made to attend cultural events etc. for that half of my heritage because there was NO community of Chaldeans/Assyrians in my home town. None.
HOWEVER, I was forced to participate in uniquely "American" cultural events & to learn an "American" folk dance at school just because those things are part of the culture that surrounded me when I was growing up. SO, in some ways, I know more about this blasted German/Scots-Irish culture than I do my own Middle Eastern heritage.
Gosh, you don't know a bit of Finnish at all - it's not related to ANY Germanic, actually any Indo-European, language at all.
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