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Cultural Family History Research Essay – Assimilation of Ancestors

Shaina Wood
Professor Edmund Pries, Professor Bina Mehta
Wilfrid Laurier University

Sto lat, sto lat, Niech żyje, żyje nam. Sto lat, sto lat, Niech żyje, żyje nam, Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, Niech żyje, żyje nam, Niech żyje nam! As a child I heard this jumbled collection of words flying out of my family’s mouths in song, directly after the celebration jingle ‘Happy Birthday’. Other children would ask me what it meant and all I could comprehend was that it was Polish. I was mildly aware while growing up that I had European family members and ancestors but as I transitioned into adulthood it became less …show more content…

(Hopper 2007) This was life for Stephan and Elizabeth before they traveled to Canada and following their immigration they flipped the idea of “old culture” on its head. It is understood that the new conceptions of immigrants no longer reflects on the permanent rupture, of the uprooted, the abandonment of old patterns and the painful learning of a new language and culture. Though, Stephan and Elizabeth did struggle, they became the new kind of the migrating population. Composed of those whose networks, actions and patterns of life incorporate both their host and home societies. Their lives cut across national boundaries and bring two societies into a single social field. It is known that the new conceptualization is needed in order to understand the experience and consciousness of this new migrant population. This conceptualization is transnationalism, building a social field that links their old country of origin and their new county of settlement. (Schiller, Basch & Blanc 1992) These transnational diaspora communities develop for multiple reasons including, family, economy, and religion; for my family it is specifically how Stephan and Ella are defined.

Times were good in Canada, the Glosneks built successful lives for themselves and their growing families and had often spoke of their time apart as a vacation compared to the extreme hardship they had actually experienced during those years. In 1959 Ella Glosnek met Anton Sinko at a church dance in

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