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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 17 20:50:59 UTC 2015

On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> I immediately understood it as "children of people born in Africa". This is
> confirmed in the NBA press release:
> http://www.nba.com/2015/news/07/16/nba-africa-game-2015-official-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.

And the problem is exacerbated by the fact that "African-American" has been

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