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Biographical note

My father was born in Shanghai. He was part Chinese.
My father and cousin with their Ama (like an au pair).
The name Mactavish, sometimes spelled with a capital T, means son of Thomas. My father's biological father was Irish and had the last name of Murphy. My father's mother was Chinese and Scottish, and her last name, maiden name, was Mactavish. Why didn't my father have the name of Murphy? Murphy left my grandmother after one year of marriage. She had my father's last name changed to her maiden name. And that makes me a Mactavish with Irish, Scottish, and Chinese roots, and probably something else. Confused? That's America.
My mother? My mother was born in California. She had an Irish background. So that makes me more Irish, but I don't know how much.
Now, when people say that real Americans are white and came from Europe, remember that some came from Asia! You know, the USA has a left coast and a right one. I come from the left coast, California. And there, there has always been a mixture of nationalities and cultures not always European in origin.
For a longer story, buy me a beer and ask me questions.

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  1. OK, if there’s a chance to buy you a beer and ask you questions for a longer story, count me in.

    Agreed?

    Assistant Fill

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    1. Thank you for your offer. Bar Asterix in Castel Georgio is where I get my beer these days. If you are nearby, we could meet and you can have your questions. Otherwise, I gift a raincheck--another time, another place.

      jkm

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