The BEST Guide to POLAND
Unanswered  |  Archives 
 
 
User: Guest

Home / USA, Canada  % width posts: 38

Do any other Polish Americans feel that our culture needs to be more well preserved?


No Nonsense 6 | 68
2 Oct 2010  #1
I am part of a Polish community in NYC (Lower East Manhattan) but it is about 45% of people with at least some influence of Polish heritage and my question is why do some people oppose the Americanization of it? Of course it interfere's with its preservation but how are we going to be recognized if we don't befriend Americans and make it look more appealing to them? We are living in their country and I don't understand why some are so sensitive and enraged about the issue. I love my way of life and wouldn't change it a bit but just think some are a little too uptight and touchy. We are going to be hated if we seem snooty and ungrateful to Americans and I don't want that. Americanization is a part of the preservation of our communnities.
Pinching Pete - | 558
2 Oct 2010  #2
We are going to be hated if we seem snooty and ungrateful to Americans and I don't want that. Americanization is a part of the preservation of our communnities.

You won't be snooty.. It's more honorable to carry out your old, traditional ways. Don't worry.. Americans at heart like it when you're feisty.

You come over with us, you have some fun and learn something new maybe.. that all that's really required. You stay.. that's fine. You leave.. that's fine too.

However, yes I'd like to see Polish culture preserved in the US. It takes guts to be this way. I find it very honorable.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
2 Oct 2010  #3
We are going to be hated if we seem snooty and ungrateful to Americans

Someone who made a decision to live here as a citizen of the US supposed to be loyal to this country. No one here will hate you for your feelings to the country of your origin.

However, I'm against creating little "countries" inside the US like it is for example in Chicago where a part of it is practically Polish. Cultural exchange is very much welcome but I believe that if it's so important for someone to live in almost 100% Polish environment and in many cases don't even speak English then why not just live in Poland. This is just an example, I feel the same way about any other ethnic group that lives in the US.
Pinching Pete - | 558
2 Oct 2010  #4
no one will hate you for your feelings to the country of your origin.

Right exactly, do your own thing , just don't slam us Americans all the time. What the hell, we're fighting a hard battle too.
OP No Nonsense 6 | 68
2 Oct 2010  #5
Well Poland has a very bad economy (mostly the reason why we move here) and Polish immigrants are vastly different from American wasps these I think are the main reasons for the "Little Poland" type communities.

Right exactly, do your own thing , just don't slam us Americans all the time. What the hell, we're fighting a hard battle too.

Hey I never said I was in favor of slamming you; that is exactly what I was against. I recognize your struggles and I can understand them in a way.
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
2 Oct 2010  #6
However, yes I'd like to see Polish culture preserved in the US. It takes guts to be this way. I find it very honorable.

It's difficult if not impossible to maintain your culture when living in a foreign country. You change, your host country changes and your native country changes. It's no different if you are an American in Poland, the longer you stay the more you lose touch with your country. Nothing stays the same.

However, I'm against creating little "countries" inside the US like it is for example in Chicago where a part of it is practically Polish.

In time they'll assimilate. If not them certainly their children.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
2 Oct 2010  #7
American wasps

I don't know what kind of Americans you guys meet over there but in general, we're very friendly and helpful people.
Talking about your economy etc, no one said that you're not welcome here (read my previous post) but we expect you guys to be loyal, that's it.

In time

I've met an older guy from Chicago, after 35 years living here, he barely spoke English. You have to admit that this is not right.
Pinching Pete - | 558
2 Oct 2010  #8
Hey I never said I was in favor of slamming you;

Yeah brother.. chill out. I was on your side. I'm not a WASP either.. I never identified with them.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,700
2 Oct 2010  #9
pp he is a she :)

American wasps these I think are the main reasons for the "Little Poland" type communities.

if you dont mind, i never heard this expression, so what is wasps?
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
2 Oct 2010  #10
if you dont mind, i never heard this expression, so what is wasps?

White Anglo Saxon Protestant
Pinching Pete - | 558
2 Oct 2010  #11
pp he is a she :)

.. uhh what the hell kind of bulls.hit is this??
Patrycja19 63 | 2,700
2 Oct 2010  #12
lol cause you said yeah brother chill out..
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
2 Oct 2010  #13
I've met an older guy from Chicago, after 35 years living here, he barely spoke English. You have to admit that this is not right.

I agree, the guy misses out on a lot of what's going on around him.
Pinching Pete - | 558
2 Oct 2010  #14
lol cause you said yeah brother chill out..

Well I harken back to old hippy days so I use expressions like that.
OP No Nonsense 6 | 68
2 Oct 2010  #15
Yeah brother.. chill out. I was on your side. I'm not a WASP either.. I never identified with them.

I didn't say they were bad or I didn't like them (although the men are often quite soft), I'm part wasp (not american wasp but Euro wasp) just have a very different way of life than Poles/Slavs in general. You obviously have no understanding of what I'm talking about (no offense) but you should probably just quit the conversation all together. It is a little frustrating to have to keep explaining to you.

I've met an older guy from Chicago, after 35 years living here, he barely spoke English. You have to admit that this is not right.

Oh I definitely agree with you, if someone is living here and has the right to vote they DEFINITELY need to learn english properly. This is the point I was trying to make by creating this thread.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,700
2 Oct 2010  #16
Well I harken back to old hippy days so I use expressions like that.

:) NO problem :)
convex 20 | 3,978
2 Oct 2010  #17
I'm part wasp (not american wasp but Euro wasp) just have a very different way of life than Poles/Slavs in general.

Just out of curiosity, are you Polish?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
2 Oct 2010  #18
It depends how one defines Americaism. Is someone who dislikes apple pie and baseball unAmerican or even a traitor? Not until a law is enacted making not liking thsose illegal.

America is a huge salad bowl comprising diverse ingredients. Will it contain everythign but Polish ingredients is up to us PolAms.
PolAms need to be culturally more assertive and expose fellow-Americfans to our unique cultrual contributions. The Jews, Balcks, Hispanics, Irish, Arabs and others are doing so. Czy my gorsi?
guesswho 4 | 1,289
2 Oct 2010  #19
It depends how one defines Americaism. Is someone who dislikes apple pie and baseball unAmerican or even a traitor?

You know, this is not what I meant before, :-)

America is a huge salad bowl comprising diverse ingredients. Will it contain everythign but Polish ingredients is up to us PolAms.

Agree as long as we keep it as it is in a "salad bowl", all tastefully mixed together :-)
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
3 Oct 2010  #20
PolAms need to be culturally more assertive and expose fellow-Americfans to our unique cultrual contributions. The Jews, Balcks, Hispanics, Irish, Arabs and others are doing so. Czy my gorsi?

No, that's not Polish people. Polish people assimilate. Some ethnic groups assimilate, some don't. Why do you want Polish people to be like Blacks, Hispanics, Irish or Arabs???? Why can't Poles be Poles??
richasis 1 | 419
3 Oct 2010  #21
Why do you want Polish people to be like Blacks

Because that's the goal of multiculturalism.

Why can't Poles be Poles??

Well, because that's not.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,700
3 Oct 2010  #22
Do any other Polish Americans feel that our culture needs to be more well preserved?

I feel pretty preserved right now, had way to many rum and cokes :) lol
hague1cmaeron 14 | 1,377
3 Oct 2010  #23
Well Poland has a very bad economy

No it does not, it's actually quite good and still improving.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
3 Oct 2010  #24
video.mpt.tv/video/1320132922/, a highly relevant video to the thread. One on Polish Americans that have made sth of themselves in America.
OP No Nonsense 6 | 68
5 Oct 2010  #25
This thread is a joke, I was being sarcastic. But I can't believe people actually fell for my ruse hehe.
richasis 1 | 419
5 Oct 2010  #26
What the hell, we're fighting a hard battle too.

Just curious: which battle might that be?
Pinching Pete - | 558
5 Oct 2010  #27
Preserving our way of life.. making things better for our kids.
richasis 1 | 419
5 Oct 2010  #28
I'm with you one-thousand percent there, Pete.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
5 Oct 2010  #29
Americanization is a part of the preservation of our communnities.

i agree... spread the word in the Chicago area..... ;)
Eurola 4 | 1,906
5 Oct 2010  #30
This thread is a joke, I was being sarcastic. But I can't believe people actually fell for my ruse hehe.

i agree... spread the word in the Chicago area..... ;)

lol. You are so nice to Allison pgtx...


Home / USA, Canada / Do any other Polish Americans feel that our culture needs to be more well preserved?
BoldItalic [quote]
 
To post as Guest, enter a temporary username or login and post as a member.