(Original post by Zapsta)
So despite the fact both of his parents would still have been born in England, and he himself would have still been born in England, he wouldn't be English at all?
Well that's when you just pay attention to "ethnicity". But you're right at pointing out the absurdity in all this. Chile is a relatively young country.
In Hispanic South American countries people distinguish themselves by how much Spanish or Native heritage they have. So even Chilean isn't more of an ethnic group than American is.
I think we all learn this in History or Geography at some point: the difference between nationality, citizenship and ethnicity.
In the UK, there's only one citizenship: British but to please certain regions, people are allowed to call themselves Scottish, Irish, English or Welsh but in censuses people are allowed to call themselves British.
Citizenship is totally political. You have a citizenship if you're the citizen of a political state.
Nationality is more cultural and definitely more ambiguous, especially here in the UK. Personally, being of mixed heritage I'd rather just say I'm British. I think that a lot of British people with foreign heritage end up calling themselves British. To me, English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh are terms that remind me of Nazi aryan ideology: you can only truly be of that nationality if your parents have that nationality and so on... If you're of Nigerian origin born in London, you consider yourself British, not English.