Hey I loved reading your posts on Czech culture and customs like household stuff... my family is Czech-American and I was surprised how similar some of the little things were! Like always offering to help with dishes and bringing food over to houses, everyone has to sit down before starting to eat (my dad is insistent upon this and it drives my mom crazy! She's just general american lol), and only praying on holiday dinners.
Anyways I was wondering, you touched in a post about the term Slavic to describe Czech people and I gathered that it is a disliked term in general? I am more Czech-American than anything, but I’m also Polish, German, and other mixed Germanic - and I identify as Slavic, Slavic being the Slavs of Central Europe. Is that a correct term or should I use something different? It’s hard being American trying to define that. :/
Sorry for late answer. I’m glad you liked our post, I put a lot work into that one in particular :)
Yes, we are a nation belonging to the Slavic family. Of course, over the centuries we were influenced by other groups (as it happens to most nations) like Germanics for example but the fact stays.
You are right to mention that is this attitude of some people that we are ‘better’ for being less-Slavic than perhaps some other nations of this group due being more connected to Western European culture in past than lets say…Poland or Ukraine (and due being closer to Western Europe, a lot of different armies crossing - it’s kind of in a bad spot our country :D). Most of those are pretty much moving in or stand on the verge of neonationalist territory. My personal favourites are strange individuals who claim we are ‘Celts’ because that’s a group that inhabited this land before Old Slavs came and was assimilated. Those people are not in majority.
Having Germans or Poles in the family tree is not that uncommon for Czechs (and in past was even more) so you wouldn’t be wrong to consider yourself Slavic… even if I have to tell you that the way American citizens define their nationalities is certainly very strange to me so I think you are allowed to some confusion :)
Have nice day and again sorry for not answering sooner!