See that little bitty island, Terceira? That’s where I was born. If you can’t tell, its a part of Portugal. The island is teeny, but the Air Force base, Lajes is located there. My parents moved back to the states when I was about 6 months old. I’ve never been back, never seen anything but pictures. I am lucky to have a friend that was stationed there, so I get to see up-to-date pictures of what it is now like. I know it’s gorgeous and would love to visit some time…but I haven’t been there since I was 6 months old!
I say I am half Mexican, half whatever my mom is. I’ve asked and no one as said anything other than “white”. *sigh* Anyway….I consider myself Mexican. Most of my life I was in New Mexico, my dad is Mexican…so I’m Mexican, right?
He says because I was born in Portugal that I’m Portuguese. I say I’m not because I was (a) not born to Portuguese parents and (b) was born on an American base….along with (c) having a Certificate of Live Birth Abroad from the United States.
My husband did some research and if I would have chosen, before I was 18 years old I could have chosen to have dual-citizenship. I guess Terceira is actually Portuguese land and the Air Force is just borrowing it.
So, am I Portuguese? I never chose dual-citizenship. I didn’t grow up in the area. Neither of my parents are Portuguese. I was born on Portuguese land though.
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