/ Things that Polish-American should know about Poland.
I don't quite get the whole discussion about who is a real Pole or not, but I do agree that Polish-American people should get to know something about Polish history. I wish everybody knew more about Polish history, not just Polish-Americans. Hmmm, does that make me a little bit more Polish than American?
On a side note - American people like to identify themselves with their origins, no matter how far or tenuous. Some people think that is artificial or annoying, but for me as an American, I think it is sweet. My father's side of the family is definitely Polish (Michalik, a few generations back) but that is not why I came to Poland. I came here to work.
If it were possible, I would suggest that Polish-Americans move
(not visit) to Poland for a time and foster relationships with Polish people, learn the language, read the newspapers, watch tv, and travel. I have my Polish husband and family to fill me in on cultural things I just don't understand, but if I didn't have him, I would hire somebody to discuss "Polish" stuff with. That is an expensive proposition but worthwhile.
P.S. We have been discussing the whole "Polish" thing lately at home. How American am I? I was born and raised in the US. I didn't know any Polish when I came here. I can speak ok now. I am married to a Pole, my kids were born in Poland and they speak Polish, but they are American, too. It is crazy!!!!