To Kill an American or a Canadian ?? - Page 3 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-20-2006, 08:58 AM   #31
Rock n' Roll Doggie
TheQuiet1's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: N.Yorkshire UK
Posts: 3,816
Local Time: 06:15 PM
Originally posted by Irvine511

no sense of nationalism or "essence" that you get in most of Europe, as in, there's an "essential" Frenchman, or an "essential" German.
I see exactly what you mean, but the irony is if you asked me to name a Frenchman the first person I'd say would be Thierry Henry!

The American identity has always baffled me and intrigued me in equal measure. The way everyone knows their heritage and never seems to be just American. They always seem to be Irish-American or Italian-American or Indian-American and so on. Yet this doesn't seem to dilute their American identity in any way whatsoever. I'd say worldwide that's a pretty unique situation. I mean everywhere there's an immigrant population the same thing will exist to some extent, but somehow it never seems to be as successful or accepted as it is in the States.

As for what baffles me, I just find it very strange when people say things like "I'm Irish" "But you sound American" "No but I'm Irish because my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather came here from Cork". People just don't seem to cling on to their identities like that in Europe or (so I've been told) Australia.

And although it seems odd to me, I think it must show American identity to be very strong and sure of itself which I aren't sure could be said of European identities.

TheQuiet1 is offline  
Old 10-20-2006, 12:51 PM   #32
Rock n' Roll Doggie
vaz02's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: manchester
Posts: 7,447
Local Time: 05:15 PM
best music
Best music my arse . Nice read though.

vaz02 is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©