So I wanted to discuss the issue of the US penchant to have people who are born and raised within the country, in some cases for generations, refer to themselves as members of another country, which causes us Latinos a lot of confusion and consternation. For example the American who says they are Irish, German, Mexican, etc. In Puerto Rico we don't seem to have that penchant, as it appears to me of other Hispanic nationalities. Both of my grandmothers refered to themselves as Puertoricans. One was actually born in Cuba but brought to Puerto Rico as a baby, the other had a father who was born and raised in Spain. Shakira doesn't refer to herself as Lebanese, but as Colombian. Examples of this confusion: A career Airman starts a speech saying he's Scottish. He then goes into a speech about why the United States is so much better than any other country. All the meanwhile I'm thinking he's a dirtbag of a Scotsman, and I brought up asking "aren't you a Scotsman?", causing quite the awkward moment. Years later I figured out he probably had one grandparent or great grandparent who actually carried a Scotland Birth Certificate. A friend of mine tells everyone in college he's Italian. Everyone thinks he was born and raised in Italy, when he's actually never even been there, nor have either of his parents.