“White-privileged” Northern European immigrants

My father’s Norwegian parents and my mother’s Scottish and English parents all came from countries that welcomed them. The Norwegians and the Scots came in the early 1900s but part of the English side came to this land in 1636. The major problem for the Norwegians was language. As new citizens of Canada, they were anxious to be seen as “good Canadians”, so they did not try to make sure their sons knew Norwegian. Now my husband and I have visited Norway, including cousins to whom we are related through our fifth great grandfather! We also study and practice a little Norwegian every day, and I have been active in the Norwegian Society of St. Louis since the early 80s, shortly after I moved to St. Louis. As a child born and raised in Nigeria and as my adult career has been teaching English to speakers of other languages, I have had wonderful experiences with people from many different countries, including those I met while working at the Institute for a few years. A major concern I have is that children be literate in their “home” languages as this brings many intellectual and emotional benefits to their lives.