Not Connected To My Own Heritage

Amanda Bajema,
Riverside, CA.

When my great grandparents immigrated to America from the Netherlands after World War II they put in their best effort to become a part of American culture, which in turn meant loosing their own. Growing up my mother and her siblings were growing up they were not to learn Dutch, to the extent of not even calling their grandparents Oma and Opa, Dutch for grandma and grandpa. Because my great grandparents felt the need to become American, in a sense, I feel disconnected from my family’s heritage.


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