Russian culture pride increasingly visible, especially in the west metro

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2013 - 6:59 AM

A newer immigrant population is holding fast to its language and culture.

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amostovoyDec. 15, 13 7:07 AM

Good article except that you missed one important fact: Most "Russians" in Minnesota aren't from Russia. The majority of the population is from Belarus and Ukraine. It's the Eastern European equivalent of mixing up Americans and Canadians.

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mobydick1Dec. 15, 13 8:27 AM

Our country's population consists, largely, of foreign immigrants who came to the U.S. for various reasons. Early immigrants melted into a unique culture. It seems recent immigrants have made more of an effort to retain their native culture, rather than melting into the American amalgam. I think this is evident by the lack of spoken English by many of the more recent citizens.

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 15, 13 9:41 AM

mobydick1...early immigrants started their own organizations and newspapers in their native language - just like these immigrants. You and others believe something which is not true. In fact my German grandparents only spoke German at home and my great grandparents never even learned English.

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JimBKGDec. 15, 1310:39 AM

Jewsih immigrants from Russia would not have founded churches, as this article states. They would have founded synagogues or perhaps small houses of worship, but certainly not churches. Please correct this mistake.

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supervon2Dec. 15, 1311:41 AM

I delivered a used bunk bed to a family that turned out to Russian the other day. When I found out how hard they worked I couldn't take a single penny from them-they are the future of our country! Hard work and honesty still appear at the doorstep and give me hope.

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LauralundDec. 15, 13 3:32 PM

Really, Mobydick1? Because when I drive around the Twin Cities, I see the German-American Institute, the Polish Hall, the Sons of Norway, the Swedish Institute, etc.

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eljayeffDec. 15, 13 4:16 PM

Maybe those who don't want to melt into the US culture would not mind paying the expenses associated with foreign language classes in our schools and government. Maybe there should be a tuition paid by parents of those attending English Second Language (ESL) classes.

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ivaro3Dec. 15, 13 7:43 PM

Good gesture on your part, Supervon! Hats off to you.

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mobydick1Dec. 16, 13 7:53 AM

dmonkeyboy, Where I was raised, German was spoken in the barbershop; however, it was more of a second language for these people. When it comes to spoken language, I don't really expect the emigres to promptly learn the language, but I can expect, by the second generation that their primary language would be English. Where I live a large part of the large population do not speak English as a primary language.

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wintexDec. 17, 13 1:18 PM

Pride is not what they need. They have plenty of that. Humility and good manners are the dimension needing improvement.

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