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« on: March 09, 2009, 03:10:31 pm »
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I was writing an answer for school earlier and it asked 'Do you see yourself as an Irish person or a European?' I answered 'Irish' but now I'm thinking more on it, I think maybe I feel European too.  What do the rest of you think?

As well as that, are you proud of what nationality you are? This is quite interesting for me, nationality is a big talking point here in NI.
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 08:43:57 pm »
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well, if you want my opinion, i don't exactly think it matters all that much. i mean, we are ALL people here. isn't that the important thing? i am proud of my nationality, of course. but i just don't find it important. just my opinion.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 09:52:51 am »
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Well, Jen, you say of course you are proud of your nationality, but Dutch people aren't proud of their roots AT ALL. A lot of them people out here don't really honour the special days we have here and people aren't really proud of our country.

I am somewhat proud to be Dutch though, because I'm taught about our history and I think we've done amazing things and I am proud that people from my country, Holland, did such amazing stuff. I think our country is pretty tolerant, compared to other European countries and I think that's a good thing. Sometimes I think we're too tolerant, but that's another topic.

I don't know, I'm somewhat proud to be Dutch, I don't feel European at all really... the only European thing that I deal with daily is the euro, the money. Nothing more. I feel more like a citizen of the world than a European.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 02:56:38 pm »
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~grins~ how one of my most favorite guys from German political cabaret once put it: I've got enough on my plate with being human, so there's little time left for being "German"

While I like some of the historic references I relate to my heritage (especially in literature and music, like Goethe, Schiller or Bach), I think that focusing on what makes us different from one another should only be done once we agree that we share so much more (compared to what sets us apart).
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 08:56:04 pm »
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I used to be slightly ashamed to be an Australian for many reasons , but that's changed over the years.  Now... I don't know if "proud" is the word... but I'm very happy to live here because it's a wonderful country for the most part.

However, I've never "felt" particularly Australian, as I don't fit the stereotype of a typical tall blonde surfer chick, or Cate Blanchett/Naomi Watts/Nicole Kidman type.  

My family is a real multicultural melting pot of Italian, Sri Lankan, Dutch, Belgian, Portugese and English, hence I don't feel like I'm any specific "nationality" just another 'citizen of the world' as Pam put it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 10:01:30 pm »
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No I wouldnt say I was proud to be british, to come from a country renowned for the worst tourists!! Binge drinking and all other bad things to do with british youngsters.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 01:04:56 pm »
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Interesting answers for the most part.  Living in NI, half the people see themselves as British, half as Irish, lol!

I agree to a certain extent with those of you who say it doesn't really matter about what nationality you are.  Sometimes it just leads to conflict, as seen in my country.  But on the other hand, don't you think that embracing your nationality means that you embrace your culture?  Ireland has an amazing culture and I think you miss out on some of that if you don't see yourself as Irish.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 03:07:08 pm »
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well, its very interesting topic

as you know i'm half half (Egyptian - Italian)

but to be honest, I didn't go back to Italy for long long time ago ...I'm not fluent at Italian , i live in Egypt , raised here and took my education here...i consider my self more Egyptian for the previous reasons  ...im so proud to have this multiple culture though , i love all the country of the world, i hope to be Earthian not just a specific nationality 
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 07:17:24 pm »
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Quote from: maryd on March 12, 2009, 01:04:56 pm   

...don't you think that embracing your nationality means that you embrace your culture?

^  Quite possibly Mary, and I'd love to feel like I could embrace my culture, however speaking from my own personal experience, it's hard to know which culture to embrace.

I've never lived in any other country BUT Australia, but I grew up being mostly influenced by the Sri Lankan culture (traditions, food etc) as my Dad emigrated here from British-occupied Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in the 1950s...  He himself comes from a multiracial, mostly European background just to confuse matters.

My mum's parents came from Italy to Australia, but they died before I was born, so I never really had a great deal of Italian influence.  I guess I just count myself as an "Aussie" - even though I'm not entirely sure what that means(?)
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2009, 12:38:26 am »
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I guess you are right mary but am I truly happy with the british culture is another question..

If I were you Gem I would embrace sri lankin and aussie cultures
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2009, 03:54:03 am »
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Not to mention that I am proud of my nationality but I'm ok with it.. thou I am more proud that I was born in the US
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 12:11:25 am »
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I am happy to be 1/4 Cherokee, and I have no issues with the other 3/4 of me that's Norwiegan, Swedish, Dutch, German, Scottish, Lithuanain ect.

Though I am not Jewish I do also love my Jewish maiden name and the Jewish family that legaly adopted me that I grew up around.  I've got a 1/2 Columbain cousin on that side of the family too how now lives there.

I speak both Spanish and English.  (Though Spanish not as well as I'd like to).

((shrugs))   I guess American has to do it. 

Though like Gemstar said your country doesn't always define "nationality" exactly because you can be an Aussie or an American, or from any place really and still be from a blend of alot of different cultures and backgrounds.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2009, 05:44:20 pm »
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I think the diversity of people is amazing, thats one of the things I love about England, there are 10 houses on my street and we have English, Irish, african and polish! how cool is that? and we all get on
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2009, 06:34:47 am »
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It's interesting to come back to this thread again - I don't know about anyone else, but culture and nationality is something that really interests me, whether it's from my background or just my own personality.

ejwoodfan - that's brilliant, that all those different cultures get on so well.  I personally feel (and do feel free to challenge me here, anyone) that people today are generally more open-minded to new cultures (of course there are always going to be racists and things like that, but I think the problem is less widespread today).
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2009, 01:25:20 pm »
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Absolutely Mary.  People are definately getting more tollerant with time and experience.  And any city and countries culture is bound to diversify given enough time due to people moving ect.  One thing I do like about were I live is you get to meet so many people from all over.  At work there is a guy from Ghana, Two people from Pueterto Rico, Another lady who was born in Itally and our partners are in Mumbai and another part of the company is in Canada so in one afternoon I feel like I've talked to somebody from everywhere.

Too me though sometimes it seems like I identify not with the country I'm from but with whatever company I'm working for.   A global company is like that though you are not a citiczen of any particular country you feel like a "citiczen" of that corporation .  It's kind of wierd.
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