HYPHENED-NATION: DON’T CHECK THE BOX by Nicole Draffen

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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, Spanish-American or Japanese-American and you get the picture.

We have allowed ourselves to be classified in this way, like it’s something that is important. Hyphened-Nation was inspired by the author’s travels overseas. In particular, her time living in the United Kingdom opened her eyes to the huge differences in American and European culture.

Being treated as simply a pure American, rather than as a hyphenated one, led her to an epiphany, to write this illuminating book on the subject and to ask the 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.

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About the author:

Nicole Draffen is a builder, a fixer and a challenger. She loves tearing things apart to understand them, and then try to prove or disprove their merit. This allows her to move through life with an air of certainty about what she knows, and also what she doesn’t know. So naturally when Nicole lived abroad, the social and cultural consciousness of the people she met, and the things she observed inspired her natural inclination to understand and study the value of cultural norms. The more she traveled overseas, the more she grew to understand certain aspects of the American perception of culture. Her journeys was the inspiration to write this book.

However, when she is not making plans on how to change the world, you can find her in her garden tending to a vast variety of plants, Feng Shui-ing everything in sight, pursuing her passion of collecting old paintings, attending jazz festivals, antiquing and running. Nicole truly believes that each of us can achieve whatever we set out to do, if we are determined, and remain positive.

 

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5-Star Review

Interesting book about how classifying people with hyphens puts us in separate bins instead of bringing us together in society as a cohesive unit. It’s a quick read full of interesting ideas and theories. Inspired by her three week vacation in England, the author touches on institutional racism and the dangers of labels. It is well thought out and clearly posed.

 

 

 

 

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