this forces me to ask the questions here:
1. what ancenstry do you have?
Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian Jews, but I was born in the United States. 3rd generation or something.
2. do you consider yourself a member of a subgenre of race (i.e., for white gaulic or slavic etc., for black nigerian, aborigin, etc.)
Uhh, Ashkenazim? Well, I'm considered white by the school's standardized tests, so I guess so.
3. do you think cultures of your ancestry have had any (even minor) effect on your upbringing?
Uhm. Perhaps. The whole religious schism has caused me to view a lot of the religions and beliefs of people around me at a distance. Also, I was brought up Reform, so I've questioned a lot of religious stuff, too.
Also, if there's one cultural thing that's affected me the most, it's the emphasis on education. I remember a while back I was pretty shocked to hear that some acquaintances wouldn't be going to college or wouldn't earn more than an associate's degree because apparently 'they didn't have the money.' Their parents wouldn't help them fund their education at all, and they decided that buying a car with their work money was a much more pressing matter. In my family, this would not be an option. Even with my family's financial state as it is, I'm definitely, definitely at least getting a 4 year degree at a respectable university. *shrug*
I don't understand this 'farther east you go, the more intuitive people get'. I mean... the world is round. If you keep going east, eventually you end up west again. Where is this arbitrary divide?