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hyphen-American
 n.— «In the United States, the question, “So, where are you from?” carries with it certain connotations that apply only to people who aren’t fully American. That is, if you are what I call “Hyphen-American,” the aforementioned question can either mean: where in the United States were you born and raised, or, what ethnicity do you identify yourself with?» —“Are you from South or North?” by Sylvia Lee Korea Herald (Seoul, South Korea) Oct. 21, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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