/ What's the stupidest question asked about Poland?
Afterall Poland only entered the EU 5 years ago, although listening to some here one would think Poland was one of its founders.
So what? What does EU have to do with it, anyway? We already were in Europe 900 years before the idea of EU emerged.
very few European people even met a Polish person nevermind heard what dialect they used.
Before 1989 travelling was restricted, but after it there was no problem obtaining a passport. Polish people have travelled freely all over the world for 20 years. What changed after EU accession was the time of crossing the boarders - before EU, you needed a little customs clearance, and now you just wave your ID and go.
There are no notable Polish people in the international media,
As far as I know, during the 80s, there was a lot of stuff about Wałęsa in international media. And, of course, there was the pope.
none in entertainment etc and Polish culture etc wasnt known so its to be expected that a lot of the world knew nothing about you, or your language.
Well, I don't have access to Korean culture and entertainment, neither have I met any Korean tourist crossing the Polish boarder freely, but I know that in Korea they speak Korean and not, e.g. Chinese.
You must remember that until very recently Poland was considered along the same lines as Belarus internationaly, you still have a lot of catching up to do in peoples minds
Well, Belarus had never been an independent country until 1918; then, after a year or two, it became a part of the Soviet Union and regained its independence only after the fall of Soviet Union. Poland started being an independent country in 966. After a few hundred years, it lost its independence and regained it the same year that Belarus declared its independence for the first time. And since then, it has never been incorporated to any other country. So if one thinks that the status of Poland as an independent country is the same as Belarus, then one is just very ignorant about the European history. Stable, independent Belarus is something new in Europe, while Poland has been there for some time.
20 years ago you had no 'discos',
What do you think, people of PRL didn't party? Of course there were discos! Maybe they weren't always as cool as the Western but in those times nothing was as cool. You have a strange idea about Poland before the fall of communism. We even had a big rock festival in PRL in the 80s, mainly associated with punk today.