Tuesday, June 17, 2008
So usually when asked about my ancestry, I claim to be half Polish, a quarter Irish, and a quarter German. That last part is a bit complicated, though. Really my ancestors came from around Alsace, which has jumped back and forth between French and German possession many times. So I am a quarter Alsatian. Incidentally, I don't often profess to be so because aside from my sister I had never met another person of Alsatian descent (until meeting a coworker at my old Writing Center job). Why do I bring up this irrelevent tidbit? Because the NY Times recognizes it.