I do not think there is one SINGLE definition of being American. To me, being American is not defined about your color, ethnicity, race or place of birth. Rather being American is being proud to live in the United States, a patriotic individual who follows the legal system and obeys the law of the land. Having immigrant parents myself and although my mother and father did not grow up in the United States as I have, this does not make them any less American than me. rLiving in the USA and being a person as part of this country you are given rights as part of the amendments of the united states constitution and allowed to take part in freedom and prosperity and honor the United States. Being American you must be open to diversity, contributing to diversity and accept others and supporting equality among all.