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Old 04-09-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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It's hard when you live somewhere other than where you were born, trying to figure out where you are "from". I'm originally from San Diego, but have since lived in Missouri, Georgia and now Virginia. When people here ask me where I am from, I don't feel like I am really from Georgia as I wasn't born there, and only spent a few years there.
I think they are asking you only because of your accent and want to know where you are originally from. I would probably say "I'm from NY but born in Puerto Rico" but then I always feel like I have to give out too much information,lol
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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You're a Nuyorican. Also if you have lived in NY longer than PR than it's safe to say your from NY. The people who tell you your not from NY because your Hispanic are stupid because Hispanics make up a large part of NYC and have for a while.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Hi everyone, My name is Armando. I'm 22 yrs old. I have never had a problem telling people where I was from in NYC because there is a big population of Puerto Ricans in NYC. However,when I go to the south or to any state of the US that there is not a big population of Ricans, I always get asked. Where I am from? I always tell them I'm from New York. They always say I am from New York just because I have a Spanish accent when I talk English. Just because of that they tell me that I am not from New York, that gets me so vexed. I was born in Puerto Rico, but moved to the Bronx when I was 6 years old. I have lived in the bronx Since then until 2008. I have been trying to work on my accent, because I am so tired of people saying that I am not from New York. The funny thing is, when I go to Puerto Rico they say I am not from Puerto Rico, because I do not dress like them or talk like them. So what am I?

So I need help in answering this question Am I a nuyorican? or a puerto rican? Am I from New york or from Puerto Rico?
NYRPapi: There is no need to justify to anyone where you are coming from. Just tell them you are a New Yorker, and leave it at that. Make them guess.

And never, never, feel ashamed of your accent. That is your identity, as a person. In reality, you are a Nuyorkrican, since you can identify with both places, but many people would not know what do you mean.

Do you know that SOME PEOPLE would not even know where Puerto Rico is located in the map? Some may even think it is a CONTINENT. So, do not worry so much, and keep your beautiful accent.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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NYRPapi: There is no need to justify to anyone where you are coming from. Just tell them you are a New Yorker, and leave it at that. Make them guess.

And never, never, feel ashamed of your accent. That is your identity, as a person. In reality, you are a Nuyorkrican, since you can identify with both places, but many people would not know what do you mean.

Do you know that SOME PEOPLE would not even know where Puerto Rico is located in the map? Some may even think it is a CONTINENT. So, do not worry so much, and keep your beautiful accent.
And some people probably aren't even aware that Puerto Rico is A PART of the United States.

You're from New York because you say so. Nobody else can tell you where you're from.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Nuyorican. I have students I teach in the south Bronx who are exactly what you describe. But what's strange is that they don't really have a spanish sounding accent. You're from NY and PR, so that's why I think Nuyorican describes you best. There's also a True Life episode on MTV about Nuyoricans, who are just like how you describe. It's worth checking out.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hello,

Hi everyone, My name is Armando. I'm 22 yrs old. I have never had a problem telling people where I was from in NYC because there is a big population of Puerto Ricans in NYC. However,when I go to the south or to any state of the US that there is not a big population of Ricans, I always get asked. Where I am from? I always tell them I'm from New York. They always say I am from New York just because I have a Spanish accent when I talk English. Just because of that they tell me that I am not from New York, that gets me so vexed. I was born in Puerto Rico, but moved to the Bronx when I was 6 years old. I have lived in the bronx Since then until 2008. I have been trying to work on my accent, because I am so tired of people saying that I am not from New York. The funny thing is, when I go to Puerto Rico they say I am not from Puerto Rico, because I do not dress like them or talk like them. So what am I?

So I need help in answering this question Am I a nuyorican? or a puerto rican? Am I from New york or from Puerto Rico?
You are not alone. I was born in the Bronx. Lived 44 years in NY State (mostly Long Island). Then, lived in Maryland for 12 years. Moved to Tennessee two years ago. The first week I was here in Tennessee, a man was set up at the supermarket to get subscribers for the local newspaper. He asked me, "Where are you from?" and I didn't know how to answer. Did he mean where was I born? Did he mean where did I grow up? Did he mean where did I live before I moved here? Thinking he keyed into the accent, I went into this spiel about being originally from NY, then lived in Maryland for 12 years, then retired and moved to Tennessee and he goes, "No, I meant which town do you live in now? Where did you come from today?" Jeez. "Where are you from?" is not an easy question.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:05 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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so then ur obviously from mexico.

why dont you grow up and stop f-ing with innocent people
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:16 AM
 
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You are what you want to be.

That was a serious answer. You define who you are.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Chicago - mudhole in the prairie...
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So I need help in answering this question Am I a nuyorican? or a puerto rican? Am I from New york or from Puerto Rico?
Nuyorican and you are not alone. AFAIK there are more Puertoricans in New York Metro than on the island itself.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I grew up in NYC back in the 50s. I had a lot of friends growing up who were from Puertro Rico. They also grew up speaking Spanglish, if you know what I mean. When they all went back to Puerto Rico to see their family, they couldn't understand what anybody there was saying, and visa versa. The same thing happened to my daughter's childhood friend from Puerto Rico who grew up on LI. To her relatives in PR, she was an American and a New Yorker.

You are a New Yorker of Hispanic birth.
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