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Old 04-12-2015, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Do you ever get confused as to which culture you fit best in? For example, if you're half Japanese and half Spanish wouldn't you sometimes feel a little "mixed up"?

I ask this because I myself am mixed(Russian Jewish, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Italian, English, and German(or Norwegian, never really got to know Great-Grandma Irma)). So, of course, I sometimes feel a little torn between worlds here.

Again, do you sometimes have trouble identifying with what you're made up of? How do you decide who you relate to most, or which customs to practice?
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: NNJ
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yes. First born Filipino.

I get torn between both cultures but unlike most of my relatives identify with mostly US/American culture. I am one of the few that can't speak our native language although I can understand it. Part of it is the location of our childhood... I grew up in a mostly white neighborhood while my relatives of similar age grew up in a neighborhood that's a mix of asian families.

I'm also married. Wife is a mix of Jewish, German, and various European bloodlines. We really don't follow the customs of either side... more like we are focusing on educating about the cultures that make up our ancestry but we celebrate customs that we are making as a family.

Both sides of the family have experienced a form of "attrition". Large families long ago but as the generations passed, became very small, and distant. We wish to change that starting with ourselves.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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Not really. I'm a mixture of German, Syrian, Irish, and some northern European country. (Dad was adopted, and that's as much as I know about his birth parents). Heritage-wise, my grandparents on my Dads side are from England and Scotland and it shows, as they're pretty old school. If anyone has ever seen "So I married an Axe Murderer" with Mike Myers, his Scottish parents are nearly identical to my grandparents.

I use to try and not associate with my Syrian side of the family. They were big, loud, and lavish in a tacky sort of way. But now that I am older I can appreciate it a little more.

I've never had an issue with the mix of cultures however. I guess if I had to pick a culture that I would say is dominant in my life, it would be the Scottish/English side as my dad really displays his heritage. (I wore a kilt to his second wedding, and always thought they're stories were more interesting to me).
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