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Posted 10/14/14
My family is from El Salvador. For the most part we're mostly Americanized.
I've only been to a few festivals in their country, never really celebrate anything.
The only thing I can say I have from my culture is the language, I guess? haha.
Posted 10/23/14
I don't follow my own culture at all... actually, I'm pretty clueless about it. I don't think I've ever seen my parents doing anything from our culture either.
Posted 12/31/14
I'm biracial, so it's confusing.
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Posted 12/31/14
I eat a lot of Chinese food as my mother is from Hong Kong, but other than that I'm pretty much sticking to the American way of life. I got into the art and culture that stems from my heritage, but other than that everything I do is American.
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Posted 12/31/14
Canadian. My ancestors from Europe are all long gone; so nothing in particular remains of their cultures, languages or religions.
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Not at all, beyond what could be considered American culture I guess, and even then not really. I'm Italian and Greek on my dad's side, as well as German and Swedish on my mom's side, but we've never celebrated or observed any kind of holidays or anything from any of those countries/cultures. As far as I know, that was all lost somewhere between my great-grandparents and grandparents generation, or possibly before I'm not really sure when my ancestor's first came to America. I grew up hearing stories about my mother's side of the family, but only dating back as far as a little bit about her grandparents and if I remember correctly my grandmother's family always spoke Swedish at home when she was growing up, but that was eventually lost somewhere along the way. As for my dad's side I know almost nothing beyond the fact his mom was a horrible person and his dad left when he was young.

As far as American culture goes... I hate football, and pretty much every other ball sport (and most other sports), and while I don't mind Christmas and Thanksgiving I'd rather not do anything special for them if I can get away with it, same with every other holiday. Beyond using them as an excuse to bring the family together, I've never really understood the point of the various holidays, especially considering what most of them have become. I did enjoy them more as a kid and even a teenager than I do now, especially Christmas, but what kid (whose family celebrates it) doesn't love Christmas? I know they all have a historical significance of some sort or another, but to me it's just another day the same as any other. I can, to some extent or another, appreciate why a person's culture may be important to them, but I'll never fully understand why most of it matters, if that makes any sense, it's not really something I can easily put into words.

I dunno, the older I get the less important it all seems, same goes for birthdays. It's not uncommon for me to forget that my birthday is coming up until something or someone reminds me of it, and I especially tend to not realize it's "that day" until someone wishes me happy birthday. The bad thing about that is that I also tend to forget other people's birthdays very easily, and most people don't share my indifference, so there's been more than a few times I've accidentally hurt someone's feelings by not wishing them happy birthday until late in the day if at all unless I have some kind of reminder set up (sometimes multiple reminders).
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Posted 1/1/15
i follow those aspects of my culture which i like, others not so much.
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Posted 1/1/15
To be honest, I'm not really familiar with British culture, I mean I get stuff like the royal family, parliament etc, but stuff like having sunday roast, celebrating St Georges day and other British stuff, I'm not really bothered about (i don't even like roast dinner, I very rarely drink tea, I always have coffee).
To be honest, I don't really like being British, our people seem really gloomy, the weather is always unpredictable, we have some of the stupidest people (aka, chavs, also the people from the only way is essex and geordie shore) and i'm not a fan of our accents, I'd much rather be American, although, the one good thing about being British is free health care
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Posted 1/6/15
Im not that much close to my culture because im not interested and its not that fascinating..
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Posted 1/6/15
Well, I'm American, with Irish and French ancestry. I don't drink much whiskey or ale, nor do I drink much wine and I'm not a cheese aficionado. However, I love burgers, can't function daily without a car, and John Wayne is cool in my book, so I'm very American.
Posted 1/8/15

HuastecoOtaku wrote:

I think all of us here on these forums appreciate Japanese culture but how close are you to your own culture? Do you follow any traditions or customs?

My family is originally from Mexico and we still celebrate holidays like the Day of the Dead, Three King's Day, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Here is my family's shrine to the dead which is only up from October 31 - November 2. There is food on the table so that the dead can enjoy a meal.



^ this. I am of mixed cultures. My father is full mexican while my mother is korean-Spaniard. So my family took on the mexican culture! ^_^ I don't really take the Korean culture because only my grandpa is of korean Descent. I mean I only know how to cook korean food, lol but I enjoy eating mexican food. I celebrate La Virgen de Guadelupe, Three Kings day, just had some left over, Rosca de Reyes bread! But in regards to korean culture, we have respect to our elders, my siblings call me Noona at times. But I think that's why I think Mexican culture is kinda like korean. Respecting your adults, elders, and the younger kids respearing the older kids. Hehe even remember saying mande to my grandma or anyone who called me when I was a child. Don't really say it much anymore. But yea I love my culture. We celebrate the 16 of September, and more importantly because it's my birthday as well!
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Posted 1/8/15
Let's see......

I'm mostly European.....mostly Scandinavian (especially Swedish), part-British, part-Napoleonic French, part-German, very little Irish.....allegedly part-Creek.....

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....though I have recently been referring to the Swedes as "my people", inevitably I'm not close to any relevant customs & cultural elements of my heritage. Plus, I only rarely address the Swedes as "my people" because I don't want to sound like some separatist minority guy. My mom said that I come from good stock.....except I think that if the Edwards of England were still around, they'd look down upon me, because they were probably a bunch of uptight snooty aristocrats, whilst I'm an unkempt Yankee with no sense of royalty(?) or prestige(?). What the hell, man? I'm one of your descendants. Alright then fine don't pass down your riches to me, you f***ing tuxedo monocle tea-sippers. God.

The OP also mentioned how much we as anime-enthusiasts happen to speak highly of Japanese culture and customs. Though I'm not Japanese, I've always had a certain affinity towards Japanese culture and customs, probably due to my exposure of Japanese media (mostly SNES games) while growing up. Maybe I was conditioned by some of it while growing up; I was going to say that I have a sense of familiarity toward them, but maybe it's not so much familiarity but being conditioned by exposure to them. Japanese customs are still quite different from the West even to this day. Needless to say, but I have some respect for it. Though, there's no denying the reality that even Japan has its dark side, especially its apparent xenophobia and other memes that even I can't agree with.....though, at the same time, one thing I like about Japan is how, based on what someone said in another forum, they're not bound by some "guilt culture" like we in the West are...though that topic risks derailing this topic, so I won't discuss it for now.
Though, I don't open up often about my appreciation of Japan and its cultures & customs, because these days it would make me sound like I'm the reincarnation of an anime character or some crazy weeaboo sh!t I heard about.
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Posted 1/9/15
I'm half German and half "everything else". Sauerkraut and lederhosen are mildly disgusting, but I do drink, and won't want children, so some of my heritage bred true, I suppose.
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Posted 1/9/15
I follow nothing in particular besides Christmas. I'm a mutt and I don't have any special customs from my original country :/
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Posted 1/9/15
I'm more close to my Filipino heritage than the Mexican part of me. But there are similar traditions with both cultures like the 3 Kings Day, All Souls Day (Dias de los Muertos), and Christmas in general.

I follow more with the roman catholic church calendar of events, my family is really religious (mother is the leader on it), so I'm normally caught doing things for the church and all the traditions that they have. It's very lengthy, but you get the gist of it.
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