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Hi, I love that there has been a group created just for this!


Do you speak your family's language? yes, I speak fluent Polish
Did you often visit their home country? I've only been back once since I was born (summer of 2007)
Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
I've grown up with my parents and brother and the occasional Polish friends of my parents, but never for a long time at a time.
What was your family's attitude to education?
My family supports it and my parents (especially my father) are making it a must that I get into a very "good" college.
Did they have access to education at home?
Yes
Has your family background influenced your choice of work?
Definitely, as an immigrant I've discovered my love for other cultures and learning about them. I also love traveling, thus its only the more reasonable that I'm choosing to major in International Relations
If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?
I believe I'm second generation, I was born in Poland but came to the US at 3. My parents brought me over, thus making me 2nd gen.

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I am hppyflwr  and I am new here (just joined actually) and I am very happy that I found this site is really cool. Hope to get to know a lot of people. Here I go

Do you speak your family's language?Yes I do I speak English and Spanish

Did you often visit their home country? It's been 14 yrs since I went back

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? There is a lot of us here where I live

What was your family's attitude to education? Oh absolutely, that's the reason why Dad decided to come to the US in the first place

Did they have access to education at home? Yes my mother is an accountant dad was in the Ejercito (MIlitary in Mexico)

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Well I am an accountant too (just like mom)  and I work with Latinos so I guess I have to say yes.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? 1st generation my sister an I were very little when we immigrated here to the US.

Well that all for me is really nice to be here people.

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Another Newbie C:

Do you speak your family's language? Partly. My mum's British so, english is my thang. My father's from Belize and speaks something I have no desire to wrap my tongue around.

Did you often visit their home country? Nope.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? I was raised as an American so I have no memory speaking with other immigrants.

What was your family's attitude to education? Gogogo! Education is extremely important to my family. I've been encourage to go as far as I can. Doctorate here I come. ;D

Did they have access to education at home? High school (or the equivalent) is as far as they've gotten.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Not at all.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? Second? My parents came with me here to the US when I was 3.
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Do you speak your family's language?
I only know a few Finnish words, but I can sort of get the jist of a conversation.

Did you often visit their home country?
No, but I would love to go!

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
Actually, there were (still are, actually) a lot of Finns in my area in Michigan. I remember my grandparents on both sides speaking to each other in Finnish and the older people at church. A lot of my friends are also part Finnish.

What was your family's attitude to education?
To my father it is extremely important! He finished college with a BA in...something science. Mom only finished high school but took some night courses through the local college.

Did they have access to education at home?
I know my dad went to elementary school when he was still living in Finland - the teachers were VERY strict (according to him).

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?
Since my father was born in Finland but immigrated to the US...I guess that makes me first generation.

I feel like my heritage is very important to me! I'm proud to be Finnish! Hopefully someday I will actually learn the language and be able to have a real conversation with my grandmother in Finnish!
I've learned that I can apply for dual citizenship in Finland because my father was born there - so that is something that I will most likely look into.
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Do you speak your family's language?I'm trying to learn Italian. My father spoke it when he was a child. My great grandparents(his grandparents) came to America in 1906 from Italy. He and most of the family stopped speaking Italian when they passed away. So I only knew a few words growing up.Therefore I consider myself a third generation. Great grandparents the immigrants - my grandfather, their son ,first born in America 1st generation- my dad ,second generation- me third.
Did you often visit their home country?I am planning my first trip either this fall or next spring
Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? Well i grew up in a area in seattle known as the "garlic gultch" most of the people living there were Italian- but most were 1st generations not immigrants

What was your family's attitude to education?Most of them didn't even finish high school.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work?yes I'm pursing a degree in history.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?I made my explanation above. The proof is in legal papers not in what you believe. After looking into dual citizenship, it was explained to me by the consulate.

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Hi all!!

Do you speak your family's language? Yes, we all speak English

Did you often visit their home country? I'm a first-born Australian where all my family is from the UK, and I've lived there for about 4-5 years of my life.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? I grew up among other Australians.

What was your family's attitude to education? Generally positive, though it's kind of hard to tell, to be honest. Sometimes they seem to think it's important but they seem confused as to why I'm not able to earn a lot of money while studying full time (I'm an undergrad Anthropology student).

Did they have access to education at home? Yes, but I don't think both of my parents finished high school.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? I suppose so, the travelling we did as a kid made me interested in cultures, hence my choice of studying Anthropology.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? First generation.

A bit more about me - like I said, I'm the first in my family to be born in Australia, I'm an Anthropology student with a work background in Event Management (and other dull administrative jobs that pay bills) and my partner and I are thinking of immigrating to Canada one day.
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Poetry anthology

Hello, hello hey

I am working on an anthology of poetry by immigrant [or first generation] people who identify as LGBT/queer. I want the poetry in this anthology to focus on the experience of an individual living between two worlds, the world they/their family/community comes from [sometimes even lives in] and the world their sexual identity brings [or doesn't] bring them into. I am looking for submissions or publishing leads.

This is the long story or the short one:

I have been interested for some time in the lives of those who negotiate who they are and when; walking a line between community and acceptance. I grew up in an immigrant Russian household [immigrant myself] within a Russian community. This experience shaped me into a creature of balancing acts and secret poetry. I would sneak out to queer open mics and come home to a place where my parents would talk about how strange and disgusting Americans are, fucking everyone and shaming the world. I realized that I was one of those "Americans" and in order to live safely within the Russian community, I would have to disguise myself at all times. Outside the Russian community I was just another queer white girl who wouldn't come out. Didn't I know about PFLAG? Everybody's community/family eventually "gets over it,' right? Well, if you recognize the lack of english speakers in immigrant communities or the lack of LGBT outreach and ACCEPTANCE education in places like "little Russia" then you understand where the road ahead seemed blurry. In a culture of Will&Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and every other show that allows you to think coming out leads to acceptance, there is very little in the way of safety nets for those who do choose to risk the truth.

When I first came out to myself, I found most of my sollace in poetry, in the words of Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and later Michelle Tea, Thea Hillman, and Staceyann Chin. Even so, it was only Staceyann's work that really talked to me about the negotiation of identity. When I was kicked out of my home and crying because I had ruined the dream of two people that left everything they knew in order to give me a better life (while they confined themselves to a language they didnt understand and a medicare system that left them near death), there was no poetry I knew to go to. Poetry had always been my answer, my bible, and when I needed it most --it held nothing for me. Later, sitting between two friends talking about our lives as queer children of immigrants [ one Bengali and the other Dominican], I realized our sharing gave me a hope and I craved a way to carry it with me, to give it to others.

I need to create this book in order to know there is a place where the voices of immigrant queer/ LGBT people are collected. Our stories are intense, beautiful, and empowering. I need this book because I need it, because I know there are people out there who need it.

If you can contribute, please contact me letting me telling me you're interested asap.
Contribute before April 15th

Peace,
Gala

Gala.Mukomolov@gmail.com

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cultural practices related to health

If you're from a culture other than american, and have time to spare, please help me out with my research assignment by answering as many of the following questions you can. thanks!!

With what ethnic group do you identify yourself?
Where you born, how long have you lived there/here?
What are your attitudes/beliefs about birth, death, health, and illness?
Does your culture influence the manner in which you relate to body image change resulting from illness or surgery?
How do you view work, leisure, and education?
How do you value privacy?
How do you feel about those of a different social class? Opposite sex?
How do you view biomedical-scientific health care?
How does your cultural group regard expression of emotion/feelings in relation to death or illness?
Do you have restrictions related to sexuality, exposure of body parts, or certain types of surgery?
What language do you speak at home?
To what cause(s) do you attribute illness and disease (eg, "divine wrath," hot/cold imbalance, "hex," "soul loss")?
What do you believe promotes health (e.g. certain foods, amulets, crystals, saints, prayers, etc.)?
What is your religious affiliaton?
Do you rely on cultural healers?
In what types of cultural healing practices do you engage?
Who decides what symptoms constitute disease and illness?
How do you view mental disorders?
What do you usually eat?
Do your religious beliefs influence your diet or healthcare?
Who constitutes your social network?
How do members of your support network define caring (e.g. being there for you, looking after your family, etc.)?
Does a key familiy member have a role that is significant in health-related decisions?
What influence does your economic status have on lifestyle and health care?

thanks again!!!
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Complete a survey? Please?

Hi,

I'm working on a research paper on plural nationalities for my Sociology class (Polish-Canadian myself), and I was hoping some of you might be willing to complete a survey to help me out.

The survey is meant for people who identify strongly with more than one nationality (such as immigrants, Third Culture Kids or Cross Cultural Kids).

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire, and I would be very grateful if you could go have a look at it.

Click Here to take the survey