Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
If the Prime Minister of Norway came to Minnesota, would she get an exuberant reception from crowds of Minnesota Norwegians? I suspect not, because for Americans, being of Norwegian extraction is not a core identity, it’s a footnote. That’s what happens when people assimilate: they put their new nation first and recall The Old Country on St. Urho’s Day. That’s what needs to happen for these folks, else they’re not Americans, they’re tourists.
I don’t disagree with Joe in principle – but not every immigrant ethnic group has molded itself to its surroundings (and, let’s be honest, vice versa) like Scandinavians of the Midwest.
I’ll submit for your approval the Italians, whose fitting into American society had a few hiccups.
And I’m not just talking Godfather Part 3, here.