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Almost every day I am introduced,
to the differences between the UK and the USA.
I write about some of them in my "conversation" posts..
where Stephen and I awkwardly struggle to reconcile and understand these differences.
But often times I forget to write them down..
But today i was reminded of one..
One of the biggest is the question of "nationality"
A woman came to my door today to give me some papers to fill out for council information
(government stuff for voting etc.)
She asked me "what nationality are you?"
And I had to pause for a moment and remember where I am..
Because, when asked what Nationality you are in the USA, usually,
and by usually i mean 99% of the time,
we would answer with our heritage..
"Oh, I'm Russian, German, Scottish, a little bit of Italian, and 1/16th Choctaw Indian"
But here, when asked your nationality,
you answer with where you were born..
If you were born in America, you are American,
if you were born in Northern Ireland, you are Northern Irish..
If you were born in Scotland, you are Scottish..
Which makes a lot more sense actually..
Stephen cannot understand for the life of him why Americans don't say "I'm American"
when asked their nationality..
because to him, being American is something to be proud of..
and if you and your parents were born in America..
that makes you American..
not, Scottish, Italian, native American, and German..
But can you imagine if someone came up to you (in the states) and was all,
"hey what nationality are you?"
And you answered
And you answered
they would probably turn and walk away muttering "a-hole" under their breath.
But here, in the UK,
if someone came up to me and was all "hey whats your nationality?"
and i said "I'm Russian, German, Scottish, a little bit of Italian, and 1/16th Choctaw Indian"
they would laugh in my face and be like
"no, you are American"
However, no one is usually walking around in the USA going
"hey, what is your ancestral background dating back to your great great grandparents on both sides?
Which is the question we are actually answering.
There is a reason we ask this question,
and answer it the way we do..
And it's not wrong (to us)
Just make sure you don't do that over here..
unless you know for sure they want to know your heritage..
and not where you were born.
What is your nationality?
*this post is a by- product of me having to wake up before 9 am. my apologies