So when Zorro and I went to Beijing, I was recognized by the girl checking us in at the airport! (Hi Echo!) In case you were wondering, getting spotted by a reader is the coolest thing that could happen to a blogger.
Anyway, Echo left a comment to let me know she saw us, and in the course of our messages, Echo mentioned she thought Zorro was Chinese, until she saw his American passport. Interesting observation. China does not allow dual citizenship, so there’s no gray area about Chinese-Americans. There are notable exceptions, but it seems like most Chinese are so proud of being Chinese that there’s not really any room for a second nationality.
Most Americans see ourselves as having ethnic identities besides just American, and it’s not confusing or unusual to meet someone with multiple nationalities. I definately see myself as Italian and Scottish as well as American… or I did before I came to China and became Foreigner.