Posted by Sadie from D007122.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 12:58PM :
In Reply to: Re: the Confederate flag posted by Alexander from 184.108.40.206.cfl.rr.com (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 1:38AM :
I deciphered a bit of your Spanish in an earlier post. I'm not too good at reading Spanish, but I remember a few of the words my Puerto Rican Spanish teacher in middle school used to scream at our rowdy class... poor thing. Anyway, you're a student, right? Have you heard about the new Assyrian students' website? See the link below if you haven't.
I think everyone on this forum probably already knows more about my family than anything else... But anyway, my dad is Assyrian/Chaldean & my mother is Finnish. Most of my dad's immediate family live in Texas, & many of his cousins live there as well, & in the Northeast U.S., Jordan, Kuwait, perhaps some in Iraq (but I think most of them have moved), England, Sweden, & California.
Our family lived in Alabama & Tennessee because of my parents' jobs. There were no other Assyrians/Chaldeans around me when I grew up, except when the family went on its annual 2 week pilgrimage to Texas to see the grandparents or when I was sent there for a summer to live with my aunt & uncle while my parents were in France. (Lucky them...) Visiting Houston was like going to one long party... I love being around my dad's family.
It's weird, because I knew my dad was from Iraq when I was growing up, but he didn't like to speak too much about his past until my sister & I were more mature. I think he was afraid that we'd be subject to discrimination in middle school, esp. during the Gulf War, because we lived in a military town... & you should have seen the way people were talking about "Iraqis." But, now that we are older & perhaps because we are better able to defend ourselves, he answers our questions & educates us on issues.
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