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  • They should adopt the culture of the father

    13 28.89%
  • They should adopt the culture of the mother

    5 11.11%
  • They should adopt the culture of the country or region they are raised in

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  • They should adopt the culture of both partners

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Thread: How Should Ethnically Mixed Children (of Germanic or European Backgrounds) Be Raised?

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    How Should Ethnically Mixed Children (of Germanic or European Backgrounds) Be Raised?

    Hello everyone,

    We have been discussing ethnic mixing, here is a question to think about. If a couple is ethnically mixed, how should their children be raised culture-wise? Should they adopt the culture of only one parent, or should they be raised bi/multiculturally?

    Thanks in advance

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    Are we talking about all European ethnicities here?
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    Yes, indeed. I failed to specify that this thread, just like "Ethnic mixing" is only about European ethnicities.

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    I think it's such an individual thing really. Should one of the parents identify very strongly with their ethnic group or nationality or ancestry, while the other doesn't, then the children will probably be brought up with the culture of the parent who cares, or is dominant regarding this issue. Should both parents care equally about their own ethnic groups, then the children would probably be brought up to identify equally with both... even though this may possibly lead to confusion or instability (identity crises) at some stage in the future for the children. If neither parent cares about things like culture, ancestry or ethnicity, then the children would probably be brought up with the culture of the country or community that they live in, regardless of whether or not it is their own nation/culture.

    I don't think this is an issue where the proper course of action should be dictated to parents. Each set of parents (and possibly extended family members too) will do what they believe is best for their own unique family unit.

    Personally, I think the only "wrong" choice would be for parents to not care about their own ethnicity or ancestry, or that of their children, at all... but I would never judge other parents for the choices they make in this regard. Walk a mile in another's shoes and all that.

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    ^ I agree with Bridie on this one.

    Each individual can do what they want, what would be best would be the child to learn both. Among other things the child may understand her/his self better and prosper.
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    I chose "other". It depends on a number of factors:
    1. What are the ethnicities in question?
    2. How ethnically mixed is the person?
    3. How compatible are the ethnicities or meta-ethnic groups?
    4. Which is ruling in percentage?
    5. What is most visible? In other words, where does the person look like they'd fit in?
    6. Which country will the child be raised in?

    Blood must be of some regard in order to consider the adoption of a culture. Very generally speaking, I believe whatever is dominant is what should be perpetuated. People tend to naturally follow the trend of identifying more with what is dominant (or obvious) anyhow. I'm not saying this can or should always be applied.

    The child of one Swedish and one Spanish parent will likely find it more difficult to partake in Swedish culture and assimilate into Swedish society because even though that child would be half-and-half and born and raised in Sweden, the Southern European traits will likely be visible and reduce his/her chances of being fully accepted by the Swedish as Swedish based on appearances moreso than the chances would be reduced of him/her being accepted by the Spanish. In that case, it might be better to take on the Spanish culture and find a home in Spain regardless of if the father is Swedish. This is purely scenario, to note. I would not support the union of a Spaniard and a Swede.
    If we are speaking about the child of a couple of more compatible ethnicities, like German and Irish, more leeway can be given. Chances are the child of German and Irish parents will not look too out of place in either Germany or Ireland. Then, it would be more understandable for the parents to consider whether or not to adopt traditional gender roles (whether to live in the country of the father or mother).

    I hope that wasn't too confusing. There really are way too many variables to bear in mind to make one rule about it. This becomes all the more complicated when speaking of Colonials and very multi-ethnic individuals. I don't think being raised under two or more cultures is healthy because it can lead to confusion, identity problems and the like. Good thread idea.

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    In my case, all my ancestry derives from northwest Europe, so it really doesn't conflict as the cultures are related. I celebrate both St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest, no problems there.

    Mostly I go with identifying as 'German' since my last name is German, it is my largest single ethnic origin (50%), and I am 75% Germanic.
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    Personally I think that the child should be raised to belong to the culture that it is living in, so whichever country the parents decide to live in is the one that should predominate. But it should also be taught the language and culture of both countries.
    Thats what happened to me anyway so my oppinion may be a bit biased

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrymheim View Post
    Personally I think that the child should be raised to belong to the culture that it is living in, so whichever country the parents decide to live in is the one that should predominate. But it should also be taught the language and culture of both countries.
    Thats what happened to me anyway so my oppinion may be a bit biased
    Agreed, but there's a certain point at which it becomes ridiculous, people claiming a cultural identity of which they are only 1/8 of for example. Generally I'd say have one predominant culture, maybe a couple others which you celebrate.
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    If the couple is mixed then the children will have an identity crisis. They won't be recognized by either group. But if a culture must be chosen, it should be either the mother's or the father's, depending on where they live. If a German marries a Pole and goes to Poland, the child should be Polish.

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