The Shame Carried by Receptive Bilinguals We Don’t Talk about

Why do so many second-generation immigrants reject their heritage?

What is a receptive bilingual?

I slowly began to reject my mother’s culture-if it wasn’t relevant to my social growth, what use was it? I thought.

Perhaps unknowingly, some of this rejection was caused by the xenophobia around Polish people in the early 00s.

We want to blend in so much that we hurt ourselves and our parent/s in the process.

Freelance writer. You can find me reading under a palm tree in Rio de Janeiro. E-mail:

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