Mel (melisjesus) wrote in 2ndgeneration,

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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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