Native American

Taiwan-based German journalist Klaus Bardenhagen spotted this ad in the November 30 issue of the Taipei Times, the Taiwanese capital’s major English-language paper:

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As Kerim Friedman noted on Twitter, “Native American” here refers not to the original inhabitants of the Americas but the descendants of the colonizers:

I wonder if I could pass myself off as “Native American” in this case. (Probably not.)


  1. A version of this happens every semester in my ESL class. International students often misuse the term “Native American” in referring to Native English speakers.






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