You, Define, You. “Hyphened-Nation” Seeks to Put an End to Hyphenated America

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America is one of the only countries that hyphenates their citizens by ethnicity before nationality? The book and social movement Hyphened-Nation was inspired by author Nicole Draffen’s travels overseas. 


When she spent time living in the United Kingdom she realized that living abroad was an eye opening experience and began to understand certain aspects of American culture better the longer she lived overseas. 

Hyphened-Nation is about Nicole’s insights, and experience of being treated as a pure American, rather than as a hyphenated one. The difference was startling, and lead her on a journey to understand why the United States is one of the only, if not the only country, that hyphenates its citizens by ethnicity before nationality. 


Nicole believes that those same boxes people allow themselves to be placed into as Hyphenated Americans limits economic, educational, societal and cultural growth. This book focuses on ways the U.S. and Europe differ culturally via media, and how a bridge might be created. 

For more information on Hyphened-Nation or to join the movement for change visit the website at

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