People need to act like the people in the family that they belong to. It's the same when someone changes citizenship. So immigrants should learn the language of their new country and they should assimilate into the society.
Robert Roth said:
"...one thing that irks me to no end as a native New Yorker is when I hear various disparaging comments about my city like "la nourriture est mal surtout les fruits et les legumes."
I'm a native Long Islander. I've heard French people say things like that many times. It doesn't bother me because the French take food more seriously than Americans do. The French eat for pleasure whereas Americans eat for sustenance, generally speaking.
I am the american daughter of Breton frenchman and american mother. My beloved Breton grandparent's photo is attached. There is no question that I am an american woman, I was born of one american parent in the U.S. However I have french blood in me and I think that I am french by bloodright. My father was a full blooded Breton and I have two hundred years of Breton French family. Currently, my french identity is on the line, as the french administration will determine my french nationality.
This question of who is French(or German or Italian or whatever else) is futile,depasse, irrelevant to the global age.
I thought that French culture and humanism in its golden age aspired to be universal anyway .
We are all first and foremost human beings.We all belong to the same planet.
Tsunamis do not stop at national borders,nor do diseases, nor hunger, nor deforestation,nor the internet. .The issues of the day can only be addressed through a global effort.
It is ironic that people living in NY and writing in English are still debating what makes a French French.
Let's grow up