View Poll Results: What should the German(ic) diaspora do about their identity?

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  • Preserve the old Germa(ic)n identity of the country or region they came from.

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  • Forge a new kind of German(ic) identity.

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  • I've another view (explain?)

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Thread: German(ic) Diaspora Dilemma: Preservation of Old Identities or Forging New Ones?

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    A combination of both IMO. Preserving at least some parts of their heritage is a must (language, basic cultural values), however, Germanic communities can be molded according to their specific settings. So, if for example you have a Germanic enclave in the jungle, the dress and cuisine will be naturally adapted to that kind of warm environment, they might also introduce new words and concepts to relate to it. It's not bad for Germanics to develop new cultural traits, as long as this development happens naturally and their new inventions are their own product.

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    I've voted for the second option, though I agree with this:
    Quote Originally Posted by Schmetterling View Post
    Any of the two although the first option is a must - even if they forge a new identity, they still need a basis structure to start with. I've seen some communities that like to believe they keep the culture alive, but the racial aspect is gone. So basically you have racially mixed people dressing up in German national costume. There's a racial and ethnic aspect that needs to be preserved, the cultural and spiritual aspect is a consequence of that identity.
    Generally though, I believe in forging a new identity. While Germanics are adaptable, they are also innovative. Germanics living in e.g. a tropical or polar area, will inevitably adapt their dress code, diet, etc. accordingly. Which is not bad in itself, so long as they still bring a particular Germanic ingredient to the fold. For example, they could prepare schnitzel from exotic meat, and use a different type of salad, with exotic dressing. That would be adaptation to the climate. However, it would still have a Germanic feel to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    It doesn't matter to me what dialect and folk costumes they have, as long as they don't stop speaking High German. Any member of the German nation should be able to communicate in this language. Upon reentering Germany, a member of the diaspora must prove he is able to speak standard German, and if not, made to undergo classes to learn this language.
    Incredible bias against the North German Plain.

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    I've voted for the second option, though I agree with this:

    Generally though, I believe in forging a new identity. While Germanics are adaptable, they are also innovative. Germanics living in e.g. a tropical or polar area, will inevitably adapt their dress code, diet, etc. accordingly. Which is not bad in itself, so long as they still bring a particular Germanic ingredient to the fold. For example, they could prepare schnitzel from exotic meat, and use a different type of salad, with exotic dressing. That would be adaptation to the climate. However, it would still have a Germanic feel to it.
    That's what I meant about Bavaria and Prussia as diaspora Germanics. Enough has been declared as not Germanic about Britain and America, despite this perspective being seen as valid for Continental Europeans. For some reason, the Germanic German heritage of Namibians isn't so much in question as the background of Americans, but while I don't doubt the Afrikaans and Rhodesian Whites, I doubt the point of mastering the Transvaal.

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