circuits

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  1. At the beginning of the year I received my German citizenship which is all fine and good - however it drives my Eastern European wife crazy if in conversation I happen to mention that I'm also German.   Her argument is that in Europe, one generally refers to their nationality with which they were born. As such, Germans would look at me funny for daring to make any additional assertion that I'm German too when queried about where I'm from.   While typically demure, in this argument she leans heavily on her highly educated, well-read background and insists that the ease in which North Americans adopt other cultures doesn't translate to Europe at all. Smells of chauvinism to me.   I've spent more than half of my adult life here, speak fluent German and plan to stay here. Of course I will never be de facto German. That said, is it really an affront or on some level inappropriate for adding this piece of information or do I have to always respond that I'm just Canadian?