Ah, that question. A touchy one for many descendants of immigrants, including for me, a light-skinned Latina and recovering Catholic schoolgirl with a surname that frequently confuses people in terms of both ethnicity and religion. But then, as the Bard of Indiana (aka John Mellencamp) once put it, ain't that America?
WAMU's DCentric blog in Washington, D.C. has posted a great essay on the "Where are you from?" question by A.C. Valdez, whose deep mixed roots lie in Texas. He writes about why it doesn't suffice to say one is American, especially in the age of the never-ending immigration debate in which "many Latinos are considered immigrants by default." From the intro: