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Old 05-08-2009, 03:42 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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It might also be pointed out that there are quotes from the 18th and 19th century by notables such as Lincoln and Franklin concerning how Scandinavians and Germans develop well-organized and successful settlements are should be regarded as model Americans.

Also, having grown up as an outsider in an Italian/Brazilian neighborhood (Mt. Vernon, NY) I can tell, you those neighborhoods may be fun, but only if you are Italian or Brazilian. Good people, don't get me wrong, but the Germans don't have the market cornered on xenophobia.

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Old 05-08-2009, 10:45 PM
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Originally Posted by Weekend Traveler View Post
I believe that the common culture of German Immigration did have a huge impact on the positive culture of communities. If you want to look at another example notice the difference between Southern and Northern Brazil. In southern Brazil there are many people of German stock and in Northern Brazil most people are Black, the cities vary significantly.
True, but the further south you go in Brazil, the less Brazilian it gets in terms of culture. Porto Alegre is not really Brazil anymore in terms of feeling. Bahia on the other hand is the cultural cradle of Brazil. Its economy is weaker, for the time being at least, but it has been growing way above the national average for years as the region is shedding its agricultural slave-based past, which is similar to that of the southern US states.

And São Paulo, in many respects the nation's undisputed leader, is largely Italian and Portuguese, not German or Nordic in general.

Where Germans flock, things always tend to get a bit dull and boring in my opinion, things may work well, but there is something missing. Germans are best mixed with other ethnic groups who give the community some heart and soul.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:41 PM
Location: Kentucky
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I'm German and a neat freak, hmmm never knew that was a "German" thing....
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:05 AM
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I'd have to say that every german settled town I have been to is very clean and well preserved. Even when traveling in europe I noticed this along with switzerland.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:22 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Well, according to this ranking cities with people of German stock rate highest.

City Mayors: Best cities in the world (Mercer)
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Dingler View Post
I grew up in Iowa and Minnesota and found the towns in those States to be very nice.

I asked somebody one time why the small towns in Minnesota were so much nicer than most cities in America. The person replied that it was due to a German influence in Minnesota. Many of the small and mid sized towns in Minnesota were settled by the German immigrants. They brought their own culture to the towns. This culture included being neat, clean and efficent. Germans were also known as very hard workers and disciplined. The number of people in Minnesota who are German stock is still very high..

I wonder what impact the German people had on setting the culture of many towns in America. I suspect that their influence is still felt.

(I have no German blood myself)
I agree that they are generally neat, clean and efficient. It seems to be a cultural thing.
Same thing in France. Alsace in general is more neat, clean and efficient compared to other parts of France. Possibly due to their German heritage. It's just a guess though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:42 PM
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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My parents are both German by ancestry and I can tell you, having every single thing you do dissected and corrected to make it more efficient gets old real damn quick. I mean, they're right...their way is quicker and more efficient but still...who wants to be around that all the time? It's soul crushing.

Not very happy people either.

I still think German-Mexican is a good mix.

Course that's what my kids are so I'm completely biased.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:22 PM
Location: OUTTA SIGHT!
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I know quite a few German Americans (and a few German people from Germany) and none of them think they're superior because of their race. On the other hand I know LOADS of people (with apparently little actual exposure to anyone German) that think every single German person has a superiority complex.

It' pretty funny when you think about it.
Not sure what that actually means in the larger context of the discussion but...something to consider.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:14 AM
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You have to give credit where credit is due. They have an excellent track record at getting the trains to run on time.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:48 AM
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What kind of Aryan crap is this? Because a town was settled 100+ years ago by a handful of Germans, the towns are of better stock? Didn't our grandfathers already prove this Eugenics nonsense to be ridiculous?
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