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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #75)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 11:25 AM

82. No problem. It's just semantics.

V, obviously since "nationality" can refer to either citizenship or one's ethnicity, whether or not someone of Chinese heritage holding Italian citizenship qualifies as "Italian" depends entirely on which definition is being referred to. Just because this single word can have either meaning doesn't make my example any less relevant. The term "Italian" is only ever used to refer to one definition at a time. That our Chinese-Italian CAN refer to himself as Italian does not change the fact that he is still ethnically Chinese in an Italian State. ("Italian state" meaning a state based on the Italian ethic group exercising its national self-determination.)

Which is fine. Acknowledging that Italy is a state that was formed specifically for the Italian ethnicity in no way makes him any less of an Italian citizen.

The name "Israel" actually means "Jewish state." Yes, this means that certain aspects of Jewish culture and heritage will take precedence there. If we go to Japan we do not expect to see both Japanese and Chinese cultures given equal status, do we?

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