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Old August 25 2013, 12:22 AM   #68
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Re: Family is thinking about moving to Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

MacLeod wrote: View Post
How exactly can they say English when the last realtive to reside in one of those countires was several generations ago.
It's a connection to our past. What happened to our families before they came to America influenced what happened to them when they got here. Many stayed in ethnic enclaves for generations. But more than anything else, I think when we say we're Irish, or Italian, or German, or whatever, everyone understands that we really mean Irish-American, Italian-American, etc. It's just implied.

MacLeod wrote: View Post
It might have some meaning to them but it has little to no meaning to people from those countries they say they have ancestry from.

For the most part, I don't think anyone really cares what it means to the people from those countries.
Travel's fatal to prejudice, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can't be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's life.
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