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View Poll Results: Are you a multicultural family?
Yes, either me or my partner (or both) are first generation immigrants 58 27.62%
Yes, either me or my partner ( or both) are second generation immigrants 29 13.81%
No, but we are an american multiracial family 31 14.76%
No, our family immigrated to the U.S. 3 or more generations ago 87 41.43%
Me or my partner are native american 5 2.38%
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#1 of 96 Old 03-19-2007, 01:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm interested in mothering's demographics. Please vote in my poll.

Both me and my husband are first generation immigrants and we both come from different continents,too

The poll is public! ( or maybe not, I thought it was ;-)
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DH and I are both part NA (him more than me) although we both identify as white. My grandfather on my mom's side came from Ireland when he was a teen. My mom's mom is 1/2 Irish 1/2 Cherokee and my fathers parents are both immigrants from Holland and Ireland.

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The most recent immigrant on my side of things was 11 generations back.

I think that dh's most recent is 3 or 4 generations back. I know his grandparents grew up in the U.S., but I'm not sure that they were born here, and I don't know about his great-grandparents. I do know that some of the family was still living in Hungary when WWII broke out because of a letter from 1939.
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I'm first in my family to be US born, from Poland. DH is from Mexico, here 10 years this year. I can count using fingers and some toes the family that I have in the US-everyone is pretty much in Poland (except some younger cousins who have moved to Ireland to work).
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DH is 2nd generation mexican/italian on his dad's side. I am more than 3 generations, and our kids were born in Kazakhstan and are Eurasian and Asian. We are currently waiting for a referral for a baby from Ethiopia, so we are a multiracial and multicultural family.
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Hey, Huggerwocky - Long time no see, not since Spicy Mamas.

I voted "Yes, either me or my partner (or both) are first generation immigrants." My daughter is a mix of 7 different ethnicities.

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I'm mostly German and Irish descent, and my dh is Scandinavian and Irish. However it goes pretty far back, so I chose no. (or the one that said 3 generations or more)

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DH is first generation immigrant... Egyptian. My family goes back to the Mayflower... with some Native American thrown in.

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My dh is a Korean adoptee raised by an Australian immigrant and a 2nd generation Scot.

I'm 3rd generation Scottish, 3rd generation Irish, and Native American.
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My mother immigrated from Cuba in the 60's so I guess that would make me 2nd generation. All of her family that I know was born in Cuba and came here in the 60's or 70's.
DH's family has a German background but he doesn't know anyone who was actually born there.
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Hmm... now that I'm thinking... my grandmother was 100% German, (or well as close as we can guess..you know how that is) She was born there and then adopted in the US.

What does that make me? 3rd generation?

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My parents immigrated from Ireland while pregnant with me, so I am a first generation American. Our kiddos identify as "Irish-Cajun" (I guess we should toss American in there too *G*).

My husbands family is several generations american, i'm not even sure of details i'll have to find out.

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My DH is considered, 1.5 generation (came to US from South Korea with his family when he was 7), I am 2nd gen Taiwanese American. We are pretty much americanized, but hold onto a lot of our cultural beliefs, esp when it comes to food, lol. He speaks korean ok, I only understand some mandarin and some taiwanese, I wish I could speak it.
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He speaks korean ok, I only understand some mandarin and some taiwanese, I wish I could speak it.
My mom refused to teach me or my sister Spanish because she wanted us to be "American", I wish I could speak the language too but I can understand some of it.
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My family came from Scotland when I was 6. Dh is Cherokee
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I voted yes, I am a first generation immigrant. I'm U.S. born, living in Canada (although my mother's grandfather immigrated to the U.S. many years ago from Canada so I suppose I'm returning to my own roots). My husband is fully Canadian. Our oldest was born in the U.S. and our youngest was born in Canada. My husband and oldest speak French. Mine is limited and the baby knows a few words but mostly English.
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I don't like the poll options. I don't think they are an accurate reflection of what multicultural means.
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I'm of Italian-German descent, about 4 generations back. DH is NA on his mother's side, and Italian-German descent 3 generations back on his father's.
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DH is 2nd generation mexican/italian on his dad's side. I am more than 3 generations, and our kids were born in Kazakhstan and are Eurasian and Asian. We are currently waiting for a referral for a baby from Ethiopia, so we are a multiracial and multicultural family.

I know there are endless possibilities but I wanted to make the poll sweet and simple
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My great grandparents on my fathers side came over from Italy. My great grandfather (mothers side) came from Ireland. My great grandmother (mothers side) came from England.
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I don't like the poll options. I don't think they are an accurate reflection of what multicultural means.
That would make a discussion in itself, feel free to make a thread about it.
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Well, we're not American, but I guess we are multi-cultural. DH was born and raised in Hungary, I'm 3rd generation Canadian.
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I'm mostly German and Irish descent, and my dh is Scandinavian and Irish. However it goes pretty far back, so I chose no. (or the one that said 3 generations or more)
Well the U.S. is funded on immigration so at some point many people would have had immigrants in their family history, but I feel most people identify themselves as "American" completely after more than 3 generations and most likely don't face some of the problems/challenges more recent immigrants have.
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Dh's grandparents on his mother's side migrated here from Croatia.

His father's side, their last name is really super common so it is hard for them to research. They are part Black Foot and German mostly from what they have been able to find.

My family is NA, some Irish, but my family doesn't have any immigrants since the Revolution. It is a little odd.

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I didn't know how to vote.
My dh is NA and some Irish. I don't know when they came here. His stepmother is from the Phillipines and has been a part of his family for about 8 years (giving him a younger half sister). There are other first or second generation immigrants in his extended family.
My maternal grandfather came from Scotland. My maternal grandmother was the product of much earlier Irish/English/Welsh immigrants. My father's ancestors came to the US from Germany in the late 1800's. They married people of 100% German heritage up until my father's generation.

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Straight up Polish for me -- but four generations back (great-grandparents immigrated to the US). DH is Heinz 57 -- 1/2 Italian (again ggrandparents immigrated) and half English and some other stuff. The English side goes waaaay back.

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Well the U.S. is funded on immigration....
This caught my eye. Can you elaborate?
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We are a good mix of most of the above.
Dh's grandparents moved here from France... My side of the family have deep roots in NA blood lines but also my mother's side came from the Netherlands and my father's side from Spain.
My dd's father is black so we have that too.
I guess we are a good example of the melting pot. But I'll go ahead and say all the above except 'A'.
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I think I voted wrong. I voted second gen, but I think I'm 3rd by the way the poll is worded? I'm 2nd gen born in the U.S., at any rate, on my gram's side. My grandmother came here from Wales just after WWII as a war bride. The rest of my grandparents come from families who have been here for quite some time. And my cousins are NA, but the blood comes through their fathers, so while my family is multicultural, I don't personally have NA blood, at least not any closer than my great-grandmother.
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This caught my eye. Can you elaborate?
I think she meant "founded"

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