My situation feels totally bizarre - both my parents are dual-citizens, and both don't identity at ALL with their heritage or ever talk about it. Nor have any serious interest in visiting their parent's home country.
Hot take: assimilation is soul crushing and very bad. Minority cultures are a STRENGTH and the best thing Canada has going for it
Fun fact: "millet", the name for the legally protected minority groups in the Ottoman Empire, has many uses in modern Turkish.
@Elmkast Portugal only has one big city, by international standards. Lisbon is a typical globalized city, with a modern cultural core of globalized capitalism specialized in tourism, and a dwindling amount of local flavor.
The rest of the country functions by rural small town rules. Your affiliations are very important. Hometown, family, soccer team, employer, friends, favourite pub, social class, etc.
My life history is complicated in non-interesting ways, and my affiliations are non-legible.
@machado Depends how far back you look. I think up until your great-grandparents, very little is second-hand.
My parents were both born into *extremely* dysfunctional families. Part of that was because 3/4 of my grandparents were poor immigrants who were obsessed with status.
@machado And their lives were shaped by history - my german grandparents hiding in bomb shelters, my grandmother being born into the literally brand new Republic of Turkey.
But they were also shaped by their parents, who were, to my current knowledge, electricians, sausage makers (german stereotype) and largely illiterate.
@Elmkast I get that feeling. My grandparents and their siblings owned land or had respectable middle/upper-middle class professions. My parents and their siblings where lower-middle class at best. Me and my cousins are just poor.
Eventually, we'll have nobody still alive to support us, but at least our life-expectancy is lower as well, so we won't have to worry about it for too long.
@Elmkast I don't have actual numbers, so I can only talk confidently about the most visible anomalous patterns. Also, a lot of rural property exists under illegal ownership for historical reasons.
Seniors are mostly owners for historical reasons.
In Lisbon, it's very skewed towards renters.
Adults under 40 are mostly renting or living in extended family homes.
Increasing amounts of foreign owners of luxury properties, mostly french, brazilian, and chinese.
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