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    Default People US an Canada and their roots

    Obviously people here are aware of their roots, take interest in it etc. In general though, in 'immigrant nations' what is your observation of general attitude to this subject. Majority of Americans may somehow know their roots or their part, but are they really interested into it? Do they feel any connection or interest on daily basis, or its only a census thing? What do you think, would two Americans of two various ancestries feel any way 'apart', privided that they are not new arrivals, but their grand-parents came to US and they just bear surname of some countries. For instance, some surnames like latin, polish or greek are characteristic-while scandinavian, english and german can be pretty non-specific. So, eg one American is Papandriokus, another Gonzales- would the surnames mean anything to them in term of identity, or not really? Would Gonzales look at Papandriokus somehow as at a Greek, or not at all, what do you think?
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    Many Americans have at least a basic knowledge of their heritage, it depends on the individual, really. Most of the time the subject of heritage never really comes up, or it's very simple descriptions, like, "Irish and Italian" for example. In some cases a person might be known as something ethnic, even though they're American, it's often not a negative thing, sometimes people are proud of their heritage and they'll mention it. The different surnames don't necessarily make people here think that's your ethnicity, last names in general here are not viewed as very indicative of ancestry, and it might make sense since many Americans are mixed ethnically anyway.

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