So....what makes Polish/Poland different?
It doesn't, rather, it's a case of where Jews are somewhat different to the rest. However - isn't knowledge of Hebrew somewhat widespread among the American Jewish community? Worth pointing out though that unlike Poland, they never had an official language.
What an absurd question to ask
Not really - much of this "ethnicity" nonsense in America is bullshit. African-American especially so - it's like saying "I haven't got a ******* clue as to where I come from, so I'm just going to pretend that I'm from the whole continent even though I really have no idea".
It's scary how American society is dividing along ethnic lines though.
Blood is thicker than some piece of paper.
So - if that's true - what about the large amount of Poles with foreign names?
Off the top of my head, I have about 6-7 friends with clearly-not Polish names - including at least one with a Scottish name. Does that mean that they aren't true Poles?
And that's before we even start talking about things such as "Russian" babies.
(all this blood stuff, it's bullshit in a country that was occupied many times and in a continent where mixing is/was/always has been rife)
One thing that Americans don't get, and perhaps never will - is that in Europe, identity is often determined more by language than by blood once you go down a couple of generations. A child born to a British father and German mother in Germany will identify first and foremost as German. You'll never hear "I'm British-German" or some such nonsense.