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Poll: Are you a part of a multicultural family?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Are you a part of a multicultural family?".

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Simon Chiassai  Identity Verified
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I chose other Nov 16, 2013

I chose other because I am not part of a multi-cultural family per se, but if I were to have a family of my own in the current situation (not going to happen though), it would be multi-cultural.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Nice question! Nov 16, 2013

I don't think we've had this one before.

I answered "yes" because I was married to a Brazilian and inherited a large family from him who treat me as their own.


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Possibly Nov 16, 2013

I'm English, with a Welsh mother and Cornish husband. There is a Wiki entry for Cornish culture, which states that the culture of Cornwall "forms part of the culture of the United Kingdom, but has some distinct customs, traditions and peculiarities." So I'm not sure if I qualify or not.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 16, 2013

My wife is Japanese, Japan has "very distinct customs and traditions" (thanks Elizabeth T) which I absolutely enjoy and my kids have inherited the best of both worlds -- and hopefully not Dad's "peculiarities".

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Teresa Borges
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Yes Nov 16, 2013

If I consider the immediate family I have Cape Verdean roots on my father's side. If I consider the extended family, there are members from Brazil, Belgium, England, France, USA...

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Texte Style
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yup Nov 16, 2013

two different nationalities both living abroad, so that makes three just at home

plus we the parents have brothers in three other countries (not counting our home countries)

a niece in another and a sister-in-law from yet another

makes four continents too!

(caps on strike today)


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Decipherit  Identity Verified
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A definite "Yes" Nov 16, 2013

Yep, a mixture of English, Scottish, Russian and Chinese, born in Malaysia, brought up in Brazil, married to someone who is part English, part Scottish, part German - we and the children have British and French nationality

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Melanie Nassar  Identity Verified
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Quite multicultural Nov 16, 2013

I'm an American, with the frequent mix of various immigrant backgrounds (Norwegian, German, Swiss, Irish; 3 of my 4 grandparents had a first language other than English, the 4th stems from pre-Revolutionary War Scottish colonists). My husband is a Palestinian, but we met in Germany and lived there several years, so German is our primary family language. Now we are living in Palestine, but have 2 children in the US, one in Germany, and one in Jordan.

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 16, 2013

Very international. My mother was Silesian (her parents were Prussian-Austrian), she was mostly Polish speaking though, even though the first language she learned was German perhaps some Silesian as a child. My Father was Lithuanian who had lived in Siberia for eighteen years (from age twelve and spoke perfect Russian, Lithuanian and the Eastern type of Polish as well as "native languages"). My husband is Russian and he mostly speaks English, having lived in the United States for many years, and Russian.(Russian from Northern Russia, but there is more or less one standard Russian). That's The story. I have only American nationality, but ethnically I am really Silesian/Baltic -- as far as some customs are concerned. Everyone in America likes talking about their roots from time to time. I think international families are great.

[Edited at 2013-11-16 11:06 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-11-16 11:07 GMT]


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Ben Harrison  Identity Verified
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No Nov 16, 2013

Quite the opposite, actually - all my family are English going back as far as anybody can tell, and I'm the only person in my family who can speak more than one language. Where I grew up I more or less never heard anything other than English being spoken, so God only knows where my love of languages comes from! If/when I have children of my own though, I'll certainly expose them to other languages at a young age so they don't develop a mental block towards them.

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oxygen4u
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No Nov 16, 2013

Like Ben above, we are all Portuguese and I am also the only one who can speak foreign languages.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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What about the kimono...? Nov 16, 2013

Julian Holmes wrote:

My wife is Japanese, Japan has "very distinct customs and traditions" (thanks Elizabeth T) which I absolutely enjoy and my kids have inherited the best of both worlds -- and hopefully not Dad's "peculiarities".


...you don't get to wear a kimono to work?





Mario


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Multicultural families Nov 16, 2013

If by multicultural we mean more than one culture in terms of more than one set of customs, traditions, worldviews, religions, etc., then I stand by my original answer: no.

I once had a wife who thought she was multicultural because she spoke some Spanish (which is my native tongue). Our worldviews differed greatly, which was only evident after a few months of marriage. We split.

Since I lived part of my childhood in both Argentina and Perú, raised mostly in the former, I never quite fit in their traditional cultural framework. I am my own portable culture, which seems to rub some people the wrong way. Oh, well.

Good question, by the way.


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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A rare breed Nov 16, 2013

@ Ben: you are one of a very rare breed I would say.

Personally I am a Brit with Irish blood, as my father is Irish. My husband craftily holds dual British/Spanish nationality and one day I intend to take up Spanish nationality too, but I won't be relinquishing my British passport though. As a result, our children could be either British or Spanish but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.


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