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Hyphened-Nation – Don’t Check the Box


Hyphened-Nation – Don’t Check the Box

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The United States of America is perhaps the only country in the world which places its citizens into an ethnic classification by hyphenating them. Think African-American, Latin-American or Asian-American and you get the picture. An opportunity to live abroad awakened my desire to understand and study the value of cultural norms and the more I traveled, the more I grew to understand certain aspects of American perception.

After my cultural awakening, I was inspired to ask a simple question; why does The United States hyphenate its citizens by ethnicity before nationality? With a critical analysis of how this hyphenation serves to limit economic, educational, societal, and cultural growth, the book also examines how to overcome this way of thinking and build bridges for the future.

The book currently has a website and associated social media sites. Book:

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