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  • I am mixed and I like it!

    38 22.49%
  • I am mixed, but I would prefer I'd belong to only one nation.

    36 21.30%
  • I am e.g. a full Dutchman, but I would also enjoy having ancestors from different countries.

    11 6.51%
  • I am e.g. a "pure Norwegian" and I can't imagine something else could be better.

    44 26.04%
  • Both has advantages and disadvantages

    27 15.98%
  • I don't know.

    13 7.69%
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    Proud of the Mixture or Proud of Being "Pure"?

    You are for example half Irish, half Swedish, or half Italian, half German - are you proud of your mixture or would you prefer to fully belong to a nation (being a full Irishman, Swede, Italian, German, ...)?

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    I am myself "pure" finnish or like the swedes would say "100% finnjävla" But i wouldnt mind at all if i would have some ancestors from other European countries too I would be proud of my "other genes" too.

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    I am "mixed", and I actually enjoy both of my acenstral lines. I feel probably more connected to one, since I was born and raised in one of the two countries. Nevertheless I got enough from both (language, culture etc.), and I really like to switch between all I got.

    I don't mind being mixed since it's two nationalities which go "hand in hand" with eachother. Being half Italian, half Icelandic could cause a trauma - at least for me.

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    I am full German, but I was adopted as an infant by a full Italian-American mom and "Heinz 57"(Scottish, Irish, English, German) dad. I loved having all these other cultures growing up...if you have ever been around Italians, they are a hoot!! Believe me, I was NEVER bored and still am NEVER bored @ family get togethers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rúna
    You are for example half Irish, half Swedish, or half Italian, half German - are you proud of your mixture or would you prefer to fully belong to a nation (being a full Irishman, Swede, Italian, German, ...)?
    This has to be mostly geared toward Americans, so I'll answer. I'm proud of all my ancestry. Being "pure" is probably ancient history, and therefore invalid, and those who claim purity are probably fooling themselves.

    I am proud to be an American of Northwestern European ancestry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewergrin
    This has to be mostly geared toward Americans
    It's not, since - as you can read in my answer - I am NOT American, but also not of a "pure" heritage. There are mixed ethnicities, like in my case, in Europe, too.

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    Re: Proud of the mixture of proud of being "pure"?

    I am not sure what exactly you mean when you state in the title: Proud of the mixture of proud of being "pure"?
    Please elaborate!
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    Re: Proud of the mixture of proud of being "pure"?

    I voted "I am mixed and I like it" though I don't know if that explains it for me. Perhaps it comes from the fact that my father's side is Scots and my mother's side is English, but I don't understand the concept of not being proud of any of your ancestry, whether that makes you "mixed" or not.

    To me, the question isn't whether I should be proud of my ancestors or not. By the very virtue that they survived all the wars, plagues, famines and oppression of the ages long enough to give me my life, means they are worthy of my honour and pride. To me, the question is, am I worthy of their pride in me? To disregard any part of that is to disrespect their sacrifices for me, making me unworthy.


    I can honestly see the benifit of a person of mixed heritage gravitating to one culture or the other, as I myself do, as it grounds a person and gives them a good background and cultural foundation to work from (It helps that my two families come from somewhat harmonious and compatible cultures.), but why would someone deny or not be proud of a part of what makes them who they are?
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    Re: Proud of the mixture of proud of being "pure"?

    I am what I am: An American descended from English, German and Irish nationals. So I am Western European and racially look Western European. I could pass for any Western European nationality so long as nobody looked at my clothing or made me speak. What this really means is that I am a mixture of UP (reduced and unreduced), Keltic Nordic and Hallstatt Nordic people and this is exactly what most Western Europeans are. I am fine with this.

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    Re: Proud of the mixture of proud of being "pure"?

    I believe that it is impossible to anyone in this forum to call themselves "pure" since during the milenia all peoples of Europe interbreed among themselves and nowadays, most european nations are just the result of that mixture. Portugal had iberian, celts, romans and then came the arabs who were expelled by courageous men from all European nations. Our first king was son of a Burgundy nobles, nowadays a a historic region of France, inhabited in turn by Pre-Indo-European people, Celts (Gauls), Romans (Gallo-Romans), and various Germanic peoples, most importantly the Burgundians and the Franks.

    As so, I think it is a bit hard to speak about purity...
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