i want to know about my family and where i come from 3 years ago
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So I was going through my Great Aunt’s stuff yesteday and found a couple of OLD postcards to my Great Grandfather from Czechoslovakia. I would imagine that it is from the 1920’s . Unfortunately I can’t read a damn thing on it. I had found another postcard a few years ago and luckily had the local priest from Poland translate it for me with the help from another old Slovak woman. I am on a mission now to learn the language and be able to throw a few sayings around to my customers that rarely get a chance to use the language. 3 years ago
my parents are from Kerala, in South India. They are Catholic. Their parents are/were Catholic. Their grandparents were Catholic. Their great-grandparents were Catholic, & so on.
They both grew up 10 minutes from one of the oldest synagogues in Asia.
India is religiously diverse, sometimes.
I know little about India’s history, because as a disgruntled first-generation trying to whitewash myself into blending in, I resisted learning about it. I want to know more about India, & more about Kerala. 4 years ago
So my town has a festival every year. The Sunday of the festival is always “Polka Day” . I honestly don’t remember ever going to Polka Day as there is always something going on . But I made it a point this year to embrace the Polak in me and go to the festival. I more than enjoyed it. There is nothing cooler than seeing senior citizens dancing in front of the gazebo. I only wish that I would have taken the whole afternoon and camped out. I definately will next year. 4 years ago
who was into genealogy, I can trace my lineage on my dad’s mother’s side all the way back to Charlemagne. Sadly it is almost impossible to trace my lineage back on my mom’s side as much of the paperwork was destroyed in World War II. She grew up in Germany. 5 years ago
visited my grandmother a few months ago (not a huge feat in and of itself, she lives down the street). i have finally come to know one thing i have wondered all of my days: am i asian? english, french, irish, and, yes, i have now confirmed: chinese. 5 years ago
Being first generation American I always found this desire to identify myself as something other than American especially since I never fit in growing up. I love family stories and family history, and to do traditional dancing and loveeee my dad’s family’s cooking!!!!!!
Oh PS: My dad’s family were romany gypsies. They speak Romany, and never lived in just one country. Especially after world war 11 when they were enslaved from Poland and moved to Germany in labor camps. They went to Russia, Kazahkstan, Turkey, my dad born in Tajekistan. Then half of his family moved to Australia (People I don’t know and he hasn’t seen since they were dispalced) satyed in Tajik (Where they still live) and my dad came to America. Well he’s not even an american citizen even though he moved here when he was 12, which I just found out!! He even was apart of the air force in the vietnam war!!! And he’s never passed his citezenship!!! He told me he volouteered to go to vietnam but since he wasn’t american they made him go to london, “If I were American I would have been on the next plane over there!!” (Said like it is a bad thing lol!!!) Then I asked what country he was a citizen of and he doesn’t really know but he was born tajek.
My mom is English, Irish and Panamenian. Some English bloke (my great great grandfather I think) went to Panama to help build the canal!! He impregnated a woman there (my great grandmother Ouida) and they used to show a picture of her at 7 at the canal and I was told the man in the picture was Teddy Roosevelt and that she was spanked by him for playing around the feild. She had many husbands (rumoured that she was first married off to a wealthy chinese man and he died leaving her very wealthy, then she’d take in lovers as they came lol!!!) and my grandmother had a chinese half sister and a black half sister, but my grandmother’s father was a wealthy Irish American they lived in America (Like illinois or something) but she left him too and went to England. 7 years ago