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I stumbled upon this discussion thread as my sister and I came from different perspectives though we have the same parents! Our parents were born in Holland and came to the US after WWII. My sister, brother and I were born in the US when my parents were still Dutch citizens (my parents became naturalized US citizens in 1965, three years after I was born, the last of us 3 kids). I have always referred to myself as a first generation American. I found out just the other day that my sister considers herself a second generation American, so we of course had to Google the definition of "first generation" and to our delight, we are *both* right (simply look it up on Webster's

Reading through the thread a bit (certainly not all 5 years worth), I liked the person who brought in the cultural context. That helps my case, as I am very much culturally a US person while my parents retained much of their Dutch upbringing but of course adopted US customs as well.

To add a bit of a curve ball to the topic, it happens that while the 3 of us kids were born on American soil (and therefore automatically US citizens) to legally Dutch parents, we were also considered Dutch citizens according to Dutch law. It was only me who then openly declared that Dutch citizenship, well after my parents naturalized and became US citizens. Therefore, I am both of US and Dutch citizenship, while my mom (and dad now deceased) were solely US citizens, as are my brother and sister being solely US citizens.

So - am I a first generation American? I certainly do NOT feel like a second generation American, that is for sure. Also, my daughter technically is also of Dutch citizenship because of my citizenship, yet she is a second generation American i nmy thinking.

So what is it: country of origin or country of birth? (and add in cultural orientation to the mix if you wish).

Maybe Porsche will respond :-)

Karreman July 26, 2011, 3:09pm

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