Patricia Antonietta Linda Mistkawi Van Geffen

Patricia Mistkawi Van Geffen at her home in Portland, Oregon.

Do you consider yourself an immigrant?

No. I have a hard time defining that word. Immigrant. I know that I have immigrated, but I don’t consider myself an immigrant. I have dual citizenship because it was very easy for me to get the dual citizenship and because I had a really hard time giving up my citizenship — even though I don’t really identify myself as Dutch — because it opens doors.

So, no, I don’t consider myself an immigrant. I consider myself an emigrant.

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