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Old 08-15-2017, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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St. Louis is home to the nation's largest Bosnian community and they have definitely made an impact on the city and region in the last 20-30 years.
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Milwaukee has a hugh Polish population, it's impossible not to come into contact or deal with them. Also a large Serb and Croatian population, but nowhere near as large as the polish. The Poles in Milwaukee are similar to the Irish in Boston or Italians in Philly. Brooklyn has a large Polish population in Greenpoint. Also a large Russian and Ukraine population in Brighton Beach and other southern Brooklyn neighborhoods. Cleveland, St.Louis and Chicago all have large Eastern European populations.
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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Part of the visibility issue is that outside of major Eastern European immigrant population centers (NY, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, etc) there are very few restaurants that highlight the presence of Eastern Europeans. Even in my family, Polish food was something made at home, not bought from a restaurant. The majority of Polish foods, and similar Eastern European foods, do not appeal to the tastes of most Americans.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:09 PM
 
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I asked my wife, who is non-Polish but married into the family, what her opinion was. She basically said that we "blend in" well, and that in general we are "bland." We don't have unique physical features that most non-Slavs identify us by. We generally just work hard, keep clean, keep a low profile, mind our own business, and just get on with our lives pretty much wherever we are.

I agree - probably lessons learned surviving centuries of being overrun by neighboring German, Russian, and Austrian empires.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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My Czech father told me that I am in the US and therefore owe my allegiance and language to America and English.

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Old 08-16-2017, 08:11 PM
 
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Pretty much any city on or near a Great Lake seems to have at least a visible Eastern European population.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Read "Out of this Furnace" by Thomas Bell. The story of a "Husky" immigrant and 3 generations of his family from the 1880s-WWII in the Pittsburgh steel mills. Historical fiction (loosely based on the authors real ancestors) but gives an incredibly realistic and historically accurate account of what life was like for that ethnic group in that time period.

It was required reading in my History of American Industry class in college. One of the only "Required readings" I really truly enjoyed.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Yeah depends on where you are. Great Lakes? It's impossible to not notice the Slavs in Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. But in New England? Yeah not many. The South? Same. West? Same.

So I guess I agree that in the national perspective it's like Slavs don't exist, except to demonize. But if you spend some time in a handful of cities, you'll find plenty.
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:08 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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East Europeans assimilated and blended in really well. A lot of the immigration happened in the 19th and early 20th century, so over that time the cultural differences were erased
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I realize that there are still ethnic problems in the USA , but don't they mainly apply to older and/or recently arrived immigrants in the European context ? I find it hard to imagine that 4th generation Irish American teenagers support the IRA or that American born Ukrainian descended twenty year olds who can't speak Ukrainian hate Russians more than their grandparents .
No one said they had to hate anyone more than their grandparents, but I certainly have seen people of a variety of ethnicities continue to have issues with people of other ethnicities even a century after their ancestors got here. Not saying everyone is running around hating everyone, but it happens. Imagine what you like.
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