Since I grew up in Germany I am not an immigrant, but my father is.
I am 1/2 Italian (my dad is 100% Italian), 1/4 German, 1/4 White Russian (my mom is 50-50 ^^).
Though I just speak German of those three possible languages
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Especially when we continually stumble across new pieces of information that totally shatter our original speculations.
A good example of drastic change in our history, would be the date of our origin itself.
Plus theirs another debate about other species that existed thousands of years ago that come under one of several species of humans.
(again I'll see if I can find the source)
Either way its intriguing just how much progress we've made in the last hundred years compared to the thousands of years of idle nothingness occurring whilst evolution started playing its hand.
I'm English. Father's side has been Irish for 6 generations, and before that, Scottish.
Mother's side has flavourings from Finland, Belgium and France.
About immigration? I'm British. Immigration in my country is quite an annoyance.
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1/4 French, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Egyptian, 1/4 English. I hope learning that has been a fufilling experience for you.
Not an Immigrant, but part of a minority, to go into detail, Serbian living in Switzerland.
That's weird how could a serbian in switzerland not be an immigrant?
Is there an ancient Serbian colony in Switzerland or what?
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I will bump this thread, since it's revelant to my interests and I shall ask a question too for good measure.
Is there anyone in here who immigrated in the USA on their own or even with family? A 1st generation immigrant? Can you share your experience with me (in PM if you don't want to here) with that? Difficulties you met before and after immigrating to the US, the process you went through and whatever else you consider important.
Chrissie wants a life in the USA. Yes, she does!
I'm a first generation immigrant, and double citizen. Came with my family when I was around 3 (my mom had already lived in America for some time before temporarily returning to Italy). It was mostly because of my learning disabilities that my family moved.
I was super young so I don't know anything about the process, though, ._.;;
Could you discuss it with your parents for me? O: If they have any type of advice to offer? I know the process might take a few years, two at best, but I am more than willing to work my ass off to make it work.
Sure thing. As soon as I can.
Oh so you and Jerk Disease, it's for real? Officially? Sorry but I'm out of the loop of what's happening on the boards lately, but I've been hearing and seeing things...
Well I might as well congratulate you two, and wish you a happy happy happy life.
As for your question: My brother went to live in Canada, he departed recently (5months ago) to Toronto and he's liking it a lot. It wasn't a big change in comparison with Europe. Although the only negative point he noticed is that people in general are more money-oriented than in Europe.
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First generation here. Emigrated to the US a couple of years back, to study. The plan is to finish the degree, and see if I want to stay.
The problem with me is that my country is one of the two the Americans are sick of handing out Visas -> Green Cards -> Citizenships to. We are the target of the "They took our jebs!" hate and we have cornered the convenience store employee and the Manhattan taxi driver job pool too. So citizenship for me is a long drawn process and may easily take up to ten years starting from when I got off the boat.
Also I get the feeling that South Asians are the next big immigrant group up here in the Northeast (where are you at exactly?). You folks are really jumping in numbers in Jersey, New York and CT too. I think the moment of truth was when my old "church" was turned into a Hindu center lol.
I live in Atlanta, the bubble in the deep South. The surprising thing is the sizable Indian minority here, with very little software presence to speak of.
Jersey, New York and the Silicon Valley region are being overrun by the brown folk. I didn't know the plague had hit Connecticut too.
And yeah I grew up among various stages of immigrant South Asians. There was a funny second gen girl at my church who had a huge crush on me when we were like 13. I knew a cool dude in high school who was a Jain, and I worked with a pair of older Bengali sisters at my cashier job who were insanely good at pushing credit cards on people lol. I've never seen a more comedically banal moderate Islam than them half dealing with Ramadan fasting on lunch breaks. I should have filmed it and sent it to every dumb American that thinks Islam is a terrifying extremist iron clad religion that never bends ever.
South Asian Muslims are some of the most moderate. Especially Bengalis. Although a lot of that is changing. And fast.
In fact, I don't know if this is true across all immigrant communities, but the Indian diaspora, especially the middle aged folk, go overboard in sticking to their culture, especially religion. My second generation immigrant uncle reads the scriptures everyday. My half English uncle has given up his job in the UK to settle down in Bengal and is learning Bengali, volunteering across the state in his free time. And my cousins (second and third generation) watch more Bollywood in a week than I have in my life.
What are the odds!
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Answer: in the urban Northeast there are no odds, you never know who you'll run into, me and Chrissie ran into an Israeli girl in the Boston Quincy market who was selling stuff, she greeted us with "Yassou" when she figured Chrissie was Greek. Hell Chrissie herself is going to add to this, a Greek Cypriot ain't exactly commonplace.
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