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  •  I guess my point is this (0+ / 0-)

    When someone leaves their homeland permanently, they cease to be who they once were.  They change into something of a hybrid between their old nationality and their new.  Their children are completely of the new nationality, even if they retain some aspects of the culture of their parent(s).  My Irish grandmother raised my mom, but my mom lived in the U.K. and the U.S. and as a result didn't really know what it was to grow up being Irish.  I see it with my children as well, who are Mexican-American but will likely grow up seeing their mother's culture through the filter of American eyes.

    •  I understand what you are saying (0+ / 0-)

      but I think family histories are important.  When you trace them, you trace the arc of  civilization.  And when you remember them, you remember the conditions that led to good or ill in the lives of your forbears.  Armed with that knowledge, your view of your own world should be better informed.

      If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

      by marykk on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 04:22:01 PM PDT

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