Hi my name is MaKenna Dearborn and I wrote a lot of stuff down for this assignment because 00:05 I just wanted to get all my ideas and things out there before I recorded myself.
00:10 So here is goes when I was younger I didn't really know a lot about my background I think
00:17 it was a very typical suburban middle class.
00:20 I went to private school and my parents raised me as Christian but then in middle school
00:26 they switched to catholicism and I remember being very confused and uh around that time
00:33 I went with my maternal grandmother and aunt back to Minnesota to uhmm for a family reunion
00:43 and this was back in 2007 and I remember I was able to see original farm house that my
00:52 ancestor built by hand when they moved here from Czech but I don't know much else about
01:00 uhhmm where they were there because I know some other family went back there to find
01:10 more information but because of World War II a lot of things were destroyed in the war. 01:18 In eighth grade I did an assignment on my paternal great grandfather who served during
01:25 World War II and his family was from Minsk on the border of Russia.
01:32 I remember my grandmother telling me that she had a hard time communicating with her
01:37 grandparents because they had really strong accents and spoke yiddish.
01:41 So I thought that was really interesting and she also talked to me about the other side 01:45 of the family and I think thats the side I connect with most because I've been out there
01:50 to see my disant family and I've tried to adapt to a lot of the cultural aspects from Sweden
01:59 Ive participated in a lot of events.
02:01 Ive done Midsummer down at Balboa Park because its like a big celebration
02:05 Celebrate the longest day of the year in Sweden. That's always a fun event to go to and then
02:12 we tried One year I tired to do a Christmas Eve smorgasborg which is basically like a buffet but with
02:18 traditional swedish dishes like Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam, and ham.
02:26 Very traditional Swedish stuff but I guess I would consider it close to an American Buffet
02:33 When I was around 20 I got the 23 and me kid that showed me my ancestry composition so
02:39 that was something I am really interested in.
02:41 I'm just really a big background but my largest percentage is Scandinavian and that was about 02:52 22%.
02:53 So I really tried to dwelve or dive in and understand my background and try to learn
03:03 more things culturally about the different places and where my ancestors were from
03:10 Recently I've been more and more going to Deaf events.
03:14 I don't want to go so far that I'm involved in Deaf cultural but Id say I have a big appreciation
03:21 for it and its something that I value.
03:24 I have a good amount of Deaf friends and because of the career I chose in teaching ASL and
03:29 especially with hearing students there's a lot of misconceptions and a lot of uneducated
03:35 responses so I feel like its important to educate them and when I'm out
03:41 with my Deaf friends I never feel like I should have to advocate for them or help them but
03:46 if they ask me of course I will.
03:48 I think its umm its such a touchy subject because I know that Deaf people value their
03:57 community and because I'm a hearing person its not something you can just jump into and
04:02 something you have to earn that right to be connected to the community and uhhmm
04:12 I think its important so I guess thing I can do to describe my cultural background
04:20 as whole is that its very diverse very mixed so I think that's primarily every American.
04:30 Everyone comes from different places and different background, values.
04:36 Many thanks for listening, I mean watching!