Cultural Identity Interview and Analysis

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Bulgaria is a country, located on the Balkan Peninsula, in the Southeast of Europe (Wikipedia, 2006). Official statistics about its population today state that its 8 million people (Wikipedia, 2006), but according to Peter Markov, a recent Bulgarian immigrant to the US it is decreasing.


He is 28 years old now, and has lived here for one year. Although he's getting used to it, he says he misses his home country and willingly shares his knowledge and memories about Bulgarian culture.
Peter says that Bulgarians are the Caucasian type, almost all of them are ethnic Bulgarians, but also there are minority groups like Turks and Roma populations. According to Peter, many Southern regions in Bulgaria are heavily populated by people who have Turkish ethnicity, in some villages even only Turkish is spoken. A double check with the Wikipedia (2006) shows that Turks amount to 9.4% of the population. The other Bulgarian minority are Gypsies. Peter shares that Gypsies in general are the poorest among all Bulgarians and are not at all integrated in the dominant Bulgarian culture.
Peter's native language is Bulgarian, and this is the only official language, although there are other languages minorities speak, like Turkish, Roman, or Macedonian. The Bulgarian language belongs to the group of Slavic languages (Wikipedia, 2006). In the United States Peter speaks English, especially at work. He has little accent and in my opinion he has no difficulties in communication in English. Still, he says, "In the US there are many other languages that can be of use for you. I would say that US is a bilingual country, because Spanish language is also very popular, even sometimes is it widely spoken". ...
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