Speak your truth. I erased so much and wrote and rewrote my book based on a fear of what other people would think. When I finally stopped concentrating on other people’s reactions, and just wrote, I was able to really begin my story. Read more.
The prestigious IAN Book of the Year Award named Nicole Draffen’s debut release, Hyphened-Nation – Don’t Check the Box, a Finalist in the category of ‘Social Issues’.
The Independent Author Network (IAN) is a community of authors who are self-published or published by a small indie press. They have been presenting the Book of the Year award since 2015 to recognize outstanding works of both fiction and non-fiction.
Hundreds of entries were judged by experienced reviewers, authors, publishers, and editors. Works of fiction are judge on the following criteria: vibrant covers, attention-grabbing openings, memorable characters, crisp dialogue, captivating and original plots, and climactic, memorable endings.
In her book “Hyphened-Nation: Don’t Check The Box,” author and thought leader Nicole Draffen asserts that “America is the only country that hyphenates their citizens by ethnicity before nationality.” This view highlights the sentiments of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who once remarked that a “hyphenated American is not an American at all.” Read more.
Nicole Draffen Interview 2019 “Hyphened-Nation, Don’t check the box”
Last year, author and activist Nicole Draffen penned the book Hyphened-Nation as a call to action to make all Americans rethink the use of the hyphen when describing themselves and people of different backgrounds. She thinks of it as ‘ethnic labeling’ (Latino-American, African-American, Asian-American, Jewish-American and so on). To get her point across, she partnered her book with the Don’t Check the Box movement, detailed on her website, to close the gap on this ‘hyphened separation’ and citizen classification. Read more.
In the United States, the term hyphenated American refers to the use of a hyphen (in some styles of writing) between the name of an ethnicity and the word “American” in compound nouns, e.g., as in “Irish-American“. It was an epithet used from 1890 to 1920 to disparage Americans who were of foreign birth or origin, and who displayed an allegiance to a foreign country through the use of the hyphen. It was most commonly directed at German Americans or Irish Americans (Catholics) who called for U.S. neutrality in World War I. Read more.
Members of Hyphened-Nations are encouraged not to check the box on applications that ask for their ethnicity, wear a unique wristband and contact their state representative to support the efforts to end ethnic minorities from being miscategorized as Hyphenated Americans. Read more.
When Nicole Draffen, author of Hyphened-Nation: Don’t check the Box contacted me to review her book, I have immediately been seduced by the topic. As a French – and white – woman, I obviously can’t rely to the struggle of Americans in what the author calls a « hyphened-nation ». Nonetheless, I do think this topic is absolutely crucial to the construction of the society we desire to create for ourselves globally. Read more.