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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    First of all, I'd like to say people seem to be confusing ethnicity and race, which are two distinct concepts, ethnicity is race, combined with culture and history.
    That is not how it is used anymore in many societies. For instance, you describe asian as a ethnicity even though there are massive differences in culture and history between japanese, and chinese people.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    It is. It's called "American mutt".

    But above all America is a nation state rather than an ethnic state.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Camlon View Post
    Yes if a Indian, Pakistani, and Brazilian look the same, then they do have the same ethnicity.
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    You are not allowed to say race anymore, so ethnicity has replaced it. Except ethnicity only relates to how you look, and not other kind of genes.
    How you look, your race, and your DNA do not define ethnicity. Yes, people in the same ethnic group often look the same, are of the same race, and share DNA ancestral traits (all of those things mean essentially the same thing), but your ethnicity has to do with culture, beliefs, background, and such just as much.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    How you look, your race, and your DNA do not define ethnicity. Yes, people in the same ethnic group often look the same, are of the same race, and share DNA ancestral traits (all of those things mean essentially the same thing), but your ethnicity has to do with culture, beliefs, background, and such just as much.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Camlon View Post
    That is not how it is used anymore in many societies. For instance, you describe asian as a ethnicity even though there are massive differences in culture and history between japanese, and chinese people.
    Asian is a race, no-one uses ethnicity in place of race, ethnic conflicts aren't called so because it's races going at it. Look at Burma, there are over 20 different ethnicities involved in the conflict, but they're all Asian, hence why it's called an ethnic conflict.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No, they'd probably START calling themselves black, because that's how their adopted European culture would view them. I bet that most Africans don't even think of themselves as "black" - defining ethnicity by one's skin color is mostly a Eurasian concept. I would suggest that Africans would be far more likely to define themselves by their tribe or their nationality than by their skin color. In fact, Africa is the most heterogeneous place on earth, with far more diversity than the rest of the world combined.
    In Kenya (and the surrounding countries at least, and west and South African people I've met), we have black and brown designations. When telling someone about someone else I've met (and I can't remember the name), brown or black is most always expected in the description. After that comes tribal looks (or if I can hear a mother tongue). The above looks like noble savage wrapped anti-west blahblah. Kandahar, go to Africa and see if anyone notices your skin color. haha. Did you make that stuff up yourself, or did someone tell you it.

    They don't even notice skin color in Africa.

    haha

    And yes, skin color is related to tribe in some cases. It might not designate an "ethnicity", but it is far more paid attention to here than anything I experienced in the US.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    Most Americans originate from western Europe, so we are, ethnically speaking, western European.
    I disagree with any description of me that includes the word “European” or any variant thereof.

    I'm three generations removed from my nearest ancestors that were born anywhere other than North America, and I have at least one line that's been here since the late 1500s or early 1600s. I, myself, have never been to Europe, and I have no connection to Europe.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Yes - what are called Native Americans today are ethnic Americans
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    You know - my kid's school is doing some sort of special curriculum that discusses cultures and ethnicity around the world - and one homework assignment was to interview family members and write about their Ethnicity.

    I didn't know what to put, either - so we didn't do that assignment.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    American will become an ethnicity after around ten thousand years of geographical isolation.

    for now, it's a culture.

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