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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Reading all of this I still have a question. Say I moved to a European country and became a citizen there. I walked around wearing my arait cowboy boots, blue jeans, white t shirt, listened to country music, and talked like however people from Colorado talk, I think I would be known as "American" despite being a citizen of a different country. What would the group, "American", be called that people would be associating me with if not ethnicity?
    That would be because of your cultural identity, not your ethnicity
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    "ethnic group" suggests a common origin, culture, customs, language, dress, history, etc etc.

    American citizens are clearly not one single ethnic group. We have a VAST array of origins.

    secondly, American citizens who are born in another country, are just as American as someone who's ancestors came off the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
    This is certainly true. I was thinking one could be an American citizen but not ethnically american, while just the opposite could be true. Kind of like people in Turkey can be Turkish citizens but also be part of the Turkish ethnicity.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Reading all of this I still have a question. Say I moved to a European country and became a citizen there. I walked around wearing my arait cowboy boots, blue jeans, white t shirt, listened to country music, and talked like however people from Colorado talk, I think I would be known as "American" despite being a citizen of a different country. What would the group, "American", be called that people would be associating me with if not ethnicity?
    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    But if first generation immigrant moved to another country after being an American citizen for 2 years most people would not give them this stereotype, so it obviously has more than just nationality to do with it.


    And if instead of talking and acting like an American from Collorado you spoke, dressed and behaved generally like a person from the european country that you became a citizen of, you would most likely be considered to be of that country ( provided your physical features were generally similar. A tall natural blond is unlikely to pass as a southern Italian, but could as an Italian from northern Italy
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Obviously American is a nationality that everyone is a part of, but is American an ethnicity?

    I had to take a poly sci class as part of the core curriculum and this was one of the debates in the class. The prof asked us what our ethnicity was. Basically I could not think of any group of people I was aligned with so I put American. For example, you could be part of a German ethnic group, but also there is simply German as in you are a citizen of the country. I thought that this could also be true of Americans, but the professor disagreed. I don't really understand why. My heritage in the US/North America goes back to 1741, they immigrated from Germany. I don't really have any other common heritage but what is in this country. I guess my family was originally part of the German heritage, but I have absolutely no idea what that would even mean or how I could possibly feel connected to that group of people. What is your opinion?
    Astute observation.
    I do believe that it could be an ethnicity.

    Seems to fit the definition in many ways, as well.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    I mostly identify as a Southern American, although I don't hold all of the Southern values as true to me.
    Definitely an ethic group.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    That would be because of your cultural identity, not your ethnicity
    Cultural identity is part of an ethnicity.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    That would be because of your cultural identity, not your ethnicity
    That is true, it is a cultural identity. And you often hear of people, or groups of people becoming "Americanized". However, this honestly sounds very close to the definition of ethnicity since it is a common culture passed down by a heritage in the US.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    That is true, it is a cultural identity. And you often hear of people, or groups of people becoming "Americanized". However, this honestly sounds very close to the definition of ethnicity since it is a common culture passed down by a heritage in the US.
    I would expect that most definitions of ethnic group include some genetic or at the very least physical features aspect. I could move to China, learn manadrin, behave as the majority of Chinese (han) do, but I would never be considered to be ethnically Han Chinese.

    The US does not have the genetic or common physical features that would make it an "ethnic group". Certainly not in the same fashion as ethnic germans do, or french, or han chinese. Yes the US does have the majority of its people being of european ancestry, and as such the world will tend to associate being american with being from europe.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Cultural identity is part of an ethnicity.
    Yes it is part of, but not limited to
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I would expect that most definitions of ethnic group include some genetic or at the very least physical features aspect. I could move to China, learn manadrin, behave as the majority of Chinese (han) do, but I would never be considered to be ethnically Han Chinese.

    The US does not have the genetic or common physical features that would make it an "ethnic group". Certainly not in the same fashion as ethnic germans do, or french, or han chinese. Yes the US does have the majority of its people being of european ancestry, and as such the world will tend to associate being american with being from europe.
    That's not entirely true though.

    For 1, 2 or more genetic groups can merge, combine common cultural practices from both groups while becoming a separate ethnicity.
    An example would be Hispanics, that are a combination of native Indian (Mayan, Aztec, Navajo, etc.) culture and European Spanish culture.

    and 2, there are definitely genetic concentrations in many parts of the U.S.
    Irish in New England states, like Maine and as well as English/Irish concentrations in the South.
    Germans in the mid west, you get the drift, each having their own subtle cultural differences, that would create a different ethnic group.
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