Purple Monkey Dishwasher (niketheplusle) wrote in 2ndgeneration,
Purple Monkey Dishwasher
niketheplusle
2ndgeneration

Introduction

Hello all. I came accross this community and I was emediately interested in joining. I have always been interested in cultures other than my own, as well as traveling to other countries. The Country I am most intrested in is England. If you knew me personally, you would probably be sick of hearing me talk about it (lol) because I am obsessed with England. I have wanted to go there since I was 12 (I am 25 now) and plan on going sometime in the next year. Not only do I want to visit and "test the wters" so to speak, I also want to live there for at east 2 years (like the visa would permit). But I would need a lot fo money first.
Here are my answers to the questions from the main page:

Do you speak your family's language?   Not really.  My family is from Puerto Rico so we would speak Spanish, but I had meningitis when I was a baby so the doctors (surprised I even suvived the illness) told my parents to not teach me Spanish.  Even though I was born in Puerto Rico, I grew up in Massachusetts since I was a baby.

Did you often visit their home country? I consider it my home country too, even though we aren't technicaly our own country since the US took over in 1898.  I have gone back 2 times.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
I grew up in the City with African-American kids. Not so many hispanic kids.

What was your family's attitude to education?   Education was and still is very important in my family.  My grandfather was apublished poet (I say was because he past away a few years ago) and was known to many people from Puerto Rico.  In fact, I learned that my friend who grew up in California heard of him.  Because of there, there was a lot of pressure to learn and study.

Did they have access to education at home?   That is an intereting question because we moved to the states due to college.  It isn't because there weren't any coleges at Puerto Rico or even cood ones (because there are) but my dad wanted to go to College in Boston Mass.  There are a lot of good schools on Boston.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work?  Not really.  Right now I have a dumb job at Macy's.  The part that is most like my culture or my family is the push to get a career.  It is hard for me to just switch my jobs.  I have worked at a TV studio and should seriously re-apply.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?  I consider myself 1st generation, even though it wasn't my active choice to come here.  It is strange to me to see on my passport my place of birth and still be a US citizen...

Other thoghts:  Sorry folks but I am ashamed to say that I am a US citizen.  I know that there are many people out there who wish that they were citezens so that they could legally work in the US, and I mean no disrespect to them, but I never liked it here.  Ever since I was little, I would refuse to salute the flag of lies.  I always felt that the "freedom" this country promised was just a bunch of lies.  I don't beleive people are truly free here.  Again, I mean no disrespect to those who do genuinely love this country.  Live and let live.  That is just my 2 cents.
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