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Do Poles accept people from the Polish diaspora as Poles?


hussiar25 3 | 14  
8 Jan 2009 /  #1
Do most Poles accept Polish people born in other countries as Poles or consider them to be foreigners?
polishgirltx  
8 Jan 2009 /  #2
Pole with a foreign origin
or foreign with the Polish origin?
:)
OP hussiar25 3 | 14  
8 Jan 2009 /  #3
foreign with polish orgin :)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
9 Jan 2009 /  #4
How do you define 'accept'? Not object to a Polonian (Diaspora Pole) living next door, dating or marrying your daughter, invite one over to dinner or what?
OP hussiar25 3 | 14  
9 Jan 2009 /  #5
That is a good question. I guess when I meet someone born in Poland in the U.S., I feel a certain sense of kinship. I certainly go out of my way to be helpful to them and talk about the experience of being Polish in an "English" and Prostestant society.

Having read many of the threads on here, I believe I can see that Polish people, no matter where they are born, do share some experiences in common. Having to always spell your last name, listening to the horible attempts at pronunciation, the jokes. The complete misunderstanding of the Polish nation and its history. This all leads to a bit of a twisted sense of humor towards most things.

To be honest, I am very interested is seeing what the experience of "returning to the homeland" will be like. To be in a place where my name is "normal" and my religion is common. Wil I feel completely out of place as an English speaker or will I feel like I am among my own? I guess to a large extent that will be determined by the additudes of the people I meet. Which, I guess, is why I asked the question.
polishcanuck 7 | 462  
10 Jan 2009 /  #6
To be honest, I am very interested is seeing what the experience of "returning to the homeland" will be like. To be in a place where my name is "normal" and my religion is common. Wil I feel completely out of place as an English speaker or will I feel like I am among my own? I guess to a large extent that will be determined by the additudes of the people I meet. Which, I guess, is why I asked the question.

Well when i visit Poland my family and people that i meet for the first time always refer to me as being a "kanadyjczyk" (canadian).

Also, on my last trip to poland i watched a court tv program where a pole (who spent 2 years working in england) was on trial for a crime in poland. All members of the court as well as the witnesses referred to him as an "anglik" even though he was fluent in polish while his english was barely understandable (he threw in a few english words/phrases during the trial for some strange reason).

Don't be surprised if you don't feel "at home." Though this my change if you stay in the country for a longer period of time.
adrian11224 7 | 41  
10 Jan 2009 /  #7
I left when I was 9. I didn't want to , I felt like I was taken away and I made a song about it but I consider myself a Pole but my Polish friend here in NY calls me "Czarnuch" (black)
Eagle20 16 | 119  
15 Feb 2009 /  #8
When visiting family in Poland never really came up.

Will have to ask next time I visit.
David_18 68 | 982  
15 Feb 2009 /  #9
Do most Poles accept Polish people born in other countries as Poles or consider them to be foreigners?

Depends on how you look i guess.

Since i don't look so much polish, they see me as an foreigner.
PolskaMan 2 | 147  
15 Feb 2009 /  #10
Pole but my Polish friend here in NY calls me "Czarnuch" (black)

Haha
ruthiee - | 10  
16 Feb 2009 /  #11
Is the Polish self esteem that poor?
Or is this forum a collection of idiots?
Lir  
16 Feb 2009 /  #12
In answer to your question ruthiee, it has to be a collection of idiots for sure with a sprinkling of geniuses who are well balanced and sensible :) unfortunately genius cannot shine when there are no idiots about :)
Sokrates 8 | 3,346  
16 Feb 2009 /  #13
Never! Oh yes we will pretend a diaspora Pole is OK with us and then we'll gather at night with torches and pitchforks and white hoods and burning crosses and down goes Olisadebe!
Calicoe 2 | 133  
16 Feb 2009 /  #14
In answer to your question ruthiee, it has to be a collection of idiots for sure with a sprinkling of geniuses who are well balanced and sensible :) unfortunately genius cannot shine when there are no idiots about :)

hahahha

Never! Oh yes we will pretend a diaspora Pole is OK with us and then we'll gather at night with torches and pitchforks and white hoods and burning crosses and down goes Olisadebe!

Oh, be afraid, be very afraid, lol.

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