It's okay - I do understand. While the attitude might bug me at times, being surrounded all the time by various "ethnics" has also given me a significant level of sympathy for the immigrant or ethnic who really is flummoxed and dismayed (often rightly) by elements of the North American culture. Plus, even though I cannot do much about the fact I personally do not have a culture other than the North American one to hang my hat upon, I do love the opportunity to be able to experience other cultures. The problem is I'd look like a poseur if I adopted a lot of it. For instance, years ago I worked in an anthropology museum. Each year we had a pre-Christmas sale featuring a different part of the world, and one year it was India. My boss was Indian, and brought in a bunch of beautiful silk sari's for some of us to wear. I got to wear a different one each day for a week. I loved it - they look lovely and it does make a girl feel very lady-like. But I'd look ridiculous wearing one regularly, being a very WASPy sort and all (a WASPy colleague of mine does wear them on occasion to work, but her her Indian father-in-law keeps buying them for her, so she has a pretty good excuse).
That said, there are some things people are welcome to adopt where I live; Bollywood or African dance classes, etc. I have caucasian students who take Mandarin courses. And we all eat or cook various ethnic foods (better than "old" British). Dating/marrying people from other groups is quite commonplace. Where I live it's probably far easier than it is in many parts of North America. But you still can only get away with so much even here (again, it's the poseur factor - are you able to adopt another culture and look cool, or do you just look desperate, flaky, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater?).
I just wanted people to remember that some of us are American/Canadian through and through and cannot do anything about it (plus, there are good things about our cultures too - my husband may occasionally have some nostalgia for Russia, but he really does love many things about the Canadian culture over and above the Russian one). May we all take the best of our different world views (and then make them fit into Orthodoxy).
I do love Kav's Irish stories. I've heard ones like it from people before, and they sure can be doozies.