This is awesome! Thanks for sharing everyone!
@northernlights Your family sounds like mine. [name_f]My[/name_f] [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] grandparents only spoke a [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] at home until my Auntie (their oldest) had trouble at school and the switched entirely to [name_f]English[/name_f]! I still think, why not both? [name_f]My[/name_f] mum knows no [name_m]Dutch[/name_m], except for the names of dishes and the odd phrase (we still use “eet smakelijk!”) Her younger brother speaks some, but he taught himself like you would with any other second language (as opposed to leaning from family). [name_f]My[/name_f] grandfather cannot speak or understand [name_m]Dutch[/name_m] anymore, and my grandma has to translate letters he gets from his siblings that still live overseas. I understand they went through a lot of trauma during the war, and that they wanted to escape that… but it still makes me sad that they didn’t pass on much to their children.
Australia is a great place, but I also find it a bit nondescript. Since people come from all over, “being Australian” doesn’t really feel like an identity to me. Unless you’re Aboriginal, our foods, clothes, and traditions all come from other cultures. I love living here, but I also don’t feel particularly connected to it. It’s just the place I live. I think “being Australian” is about our communal spirit more than the fact that we live in this particular country. The common use of “that’s so (un)Australian” says to me that our worldview is what people notice about us, not the land we stand on.
It’s interesting that you pointed out the more specific ethnic segregation in the US - I wonder why it’s different to here? Because they have a high immigration population like we do, you’d think the approach to multiculturalism would be similar.
@penelope_lynson Any heritage can be interesting heritage! Why do you feel as though being American or Australian would make you more interested in your heritage?? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you feel as though UK roots are boring? (no offence, I’m genuinely curious)
@floatinthesky I guess I could as you the same - you mentioned that your British heritage “isn’t very interesting”. Why do you feel that way?
@Hollyrow What a fabulous mix of heritage and cultures you have! If I may ask, are you Maori or Pakeha?? Your children will have such an adventure learning about their family background!
@nvrsobr That’s so special that you want to keep your [name_f]Indian[/name_f] culture alive in your family. [name_f]My[/name_f] bestie is married to a Sri Lankan (yes, I know it’s different to [name_f]Indian[/name_f] - don’t hit me haha!), and I love how they’ve incorporated both cultures in their marriage. It makes me sad to hear that non-Caucasian children in your area don’t feel like they can be proud of their heritage. [name_m]How[/name_m] awful. I really do hope and pray that everyone will be able to be proud and happy of where they come from one day.