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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2009, 03:49:12 pm »
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where I come from there can be allot of prejudice around people that come from Pakistan! they seem to think they get more than the English people (they don't) and they really don't like Irish travelers. But on the whole things are getting better.
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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2009, 05:24:16 am »
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Em - I know what you mean when you say you identify with your company.  I do that with my school - we're like our own nationality within the town..lol. ;0

I'm not sure we have a big problem here with racism as such - it's more religious prejudice we have.
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2009, 02:23:35 pm »
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Well, my background is Portuguese because my my whole family comes from Portugal. But I was born in Canada. So I am Canadian and Portuguese.

Am I out of the topic? lol
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2009, 08:18:02 am »
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Well, lately I've been researching more and more about other cultures and once again I was proven to be right. Our people are not proud of their nationality at all, compared to other countries! Most Dutch people don't even know how to sing our national anthem! I mean... HELLO!?

I still am proud to be Dutch, but it's not like I think other nationalities are less special than me or that my nationality is the best. I don't really care for nationalities, I care more for morals and culture. It's not about what you are, but about who you are and how you handle and act.
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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2009, 12:34:02 pm »
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Quote from: maryd on June 11, 2009, 05:24:16 am   


I'm not sure we have a big problem here with racism as such - it's more religious prejudice we have.

In Northern Ireland? I would have to disagree with you there. I think we have a huge problem with racism. One survey showed that more people would have a problem with someone of a different ethnic or racial origin living beside them than someone of a different religion. Racial attacks and racist abuse has increased. Migrant workers have been chased out of their homes here and the response of one assembly member? Oh well, people just invent racism so they can get money from the government. And those comments barely raise an eyebrow. I think racism is as big a problem as sectarianism right now, if not bigger. We're just so used to it always being protestant/catholic that that's the one we focus on.

Anyway, to stay on topic... I hold an Irish passport but I think I'd call myself Northern Irish before Irish. I wasn't brought up to think of myself as British, my parents are pretty nationalist. I've never been all that flag-wavingly proud of my country, I like it and I like the culture, but I'm not wildly patriotic.
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« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2009, 02:23:07 pm »
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Rai - I agree with you, things have come to the fore recently regarding racism here.  Of course it's disgraceful that so many migrant workers would rather go home than stay here.
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2010, 01:56:08 pm »
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My nationality is Peruvian, but my great-grandmother (mom's side) had a Jewish background.
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2010, 06:51:23 pm »
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Once again this topic caught my eye, mainly because it was "Australia Day" here on the 26th Jan: our country's national day of celebration. 

It's usually pretty obvious that the majority of my fellow countrymen aren't very patriotic at ALL - with most of us only being able to remember the first verse of our own National Anthem (and only then because we have to sing it at sporting functions)... much like Pam's comment below.


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[i]Well, lately I've been researching more and more about other cultures and once again I was proven to be right. Our people are not proud of their nationality at all, compared to other countries! Most Dutch people don't even know how to sing our national anthem! I mean... HELLO!?


Also, a lot of guilt mars the supposedly 'celebratory' nature of the occasion, because (unlike the American 4th of July) OUR national day celebrates the day the British Empire forcibly took possession of the land from the native Aboriginal people. 

Therefore it has often been bitterly referred to as "Invasion Day".

But I noticed things were different this year.  There were more flags out the front of houses and hanging off of cars.  People went in for "Australia Day" parties and BBQs with a fervour not usually seen.  Why?

Sadly, I put it down to a current resurgence in racist attitudes within our country, rather than an increase in patriotic feeling.

Thus, I'm not sure if giant levels of nationalism necessarily = peace, pride and racial harmony.
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2010, 10:31:23 pm »
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lol ... this topic is old.

But sure, I'm American. ... and I like being American. I hear a lot of internet people hating on Americans, calling us "stupid" and whatnot... I've noticed that trend particularly on youtube (the site i surf the most often). If an American does something unusual or stupid ... rather than blaming the INDIVIDUAL they say something like "Americans are so freaking stupid." ... It's obnoxiously stereotypical. 

But hey, that's just psychology for ya. People get a certain idea about a group of people, and anything they see that could back up that idea is "proof" that they were right. Likewise, any example that does NOT conform to that idea is either ignored or overlooked as being a special case. It's annoying psychology, but psychology nonetheless.

Anyway, yes... I'm a proud American... Our country may have its faults, but I like it here. 
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2010, 06:14:04 am »
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Interesting answers - Gem, I never really knew what Australia Day celebrated, so thanks for the info.  Jess - stereotypes are so annoying!  (Irish people never say "Top of the mornin' to ye!" and we're not always drunk/fighting/overly religious!)


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Thus, I'm not sure if giant levels of nationalism necessarily = peace, pride and racial harmony.

I'd agree with that - in history I think a lot of nationalism sometimes resulted in violence.
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