[Ads-l] Fwd: "Born in" vs. "second-generation"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 17 18:32:59 UTC 2015

I immediately understood it as "children of people born in Africa". This is
confirmed in the NBA press release:


...Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria),
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria),
Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon)...

This is an unusual twist on the concept of "second-generation": it's a
second-generation emigrant, rather than a second-generation immigrant.


On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

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> "[Three Boston Celtics basketball players] will be members of Team World,
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> hich will face Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa or
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> eneration Africans."
> Adam Himmelsbach, Globe Staff, Boston Globe, today, Sports.
> Huh?=C2=A0 Aren't "second-generation Africans" by definition born in
> Africa=
> ?=C2=A0 This criterion for Team Africa is presumably meant to exclude
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> rants born outside Africa, but the writer's explanation eludes me.
> Joel
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