I am British. It seems that for many people here, such a simple statement is not possible. They will describe themselves as Irish-American, Italian-American; even if they are generations removed from the country of their nationality.

I saw this is an a particularly stark fashion recently. A colleague asked a consultant where he was from and he replied Nigeria. In further discussions, it transpired that he had never been to Nigeria. Thus I have spent more time, albeit less than two weeks, than a gentleman who identifies that country as his origin.

Published in: on 16 July, 2011 at 8:36  Comments (1)  

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  1. There’s a sort of charm to the fact that he identified himself as Nigerian. As a country largely composed of immigrant-descendants, identifying the country from which one’s family originated underscores the fact that there’s much diversity here. Still, pretty ironic that you’ve spent more time in ‘his country’ than he.

    Unfortunately for me (and many, many others) I claim a mixed pedigree so self-identifying as German-American-Danish-Scottish is awkward. Unless I can do so in the form of an acronym. Which ends up sounding awfully British.

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