Thursday of this week is St. Patrick's Day, where no matter what you actually are, you get to be Irish. Last week after the earthquake, the patron saint of Japan, George Takei, tweeted that "today, we are all Japanese." Your nationality is an accident of your birth, but as you learn more about the world, maybe you think that it would have been better if you were born somewhere else. Me, I think I would have made a fine British citizen. All the pleasantries and the erudite-sounding accents and the dreadful embarrassment about any body part ordinarily covered with clothing are sort of appealing to me in a weird way. FOCUS: What is your nationality, and, if you could not be that, what nationality would you want to be, and why? EDIT: To clarify, I do not care about your race or your heritage or your genetics. You may be half-Italian, one-quarter Irish, one eighth Polish, one sixteenth Slovenian and one sixteenth Cherokee, but if you were born and grew up in Naples, Florida your nationality is American for purposes of this thread. If you have flaming red hair and freckles, but grew up in Shanghai as a Chinese citizen, you're Chinese for the purposes of this thread.