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Have you ever been discriminated by your own ethnic group?
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Posted 2/19/08
I'm heavily mixed. My mom's side is Cuban, but with ancestry from Spain, Italy, the Canary Islands, Morocco, and the Middle East (both Muslims and Jews). My dad's side is Asian Indian, and with a fair amount of Chinese ancestry and possibly British. Somehow, out of this giant melting pot, I turned out white as snow. I have very fair skin (it's yellow-y, like Asian skin, but still fair), brown hair (it's not naturally dark, although I do dye it considerably lighter) and one hazel and one blue eye. I think I got fairly Caucasian features too. Basically, where the discrimination comes in is when I try to tell people about my background, especially since I look white and nothing else. I know my culture. I speak fluent Spanish, I eat both Cuban and Indian food pretty regularly an I'm familiar with Cuban and Indian customs. However, the minute I tell people about my family, or hell even speak Spanish, I almost immediately get a reaction of shock. I get flooded by questions, asking if I'm adopted and how I turned out white if my parents are "black". I guess people just find it hard to accept the concept that there are "white" Hispanics and that for an Indian, my dad is very "white". Oh well.
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Posted 2/20/08

jesusosorio wrote:


zombiexmylove wrote:

Yeah, for not being a "G" and knowing what songs are "hot" or "hip" and not being able to dance or play basketball.


For not being a "G"!? Listen, stay the way you are and only change for the better.


I know.

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76 / M / Florida, US
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Posted 2/20/08
Doubt it. I don't think I have anything bad about me when people in Korea see me.
Posted 2/20/08
yes, of course =( there definitely are germans who dont like asians....
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Posted 2/20/08
I think. I don't really know, but it could have happened.
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28 / F / USA
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I live in El Paso Texas, lots of hispanics here. I'm a Filipino, well half Pinay and half chinese. But people here in el paso thinks im full hispanic. They would assume that I understand spanish right away, thankfully i can say "No habla espanol" :p but i really do need to learn spanish. And for my fellow Filipinos here, well they assume im hispanic as well, they cant tell that im a filipino. So they are surprise when i speak in Tagalog. Tehee :3
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27 / F / MA, United States
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Posted 2/22/08
I'm mixed and it's weird because I've never been recognized or categorized into particular race... I'm like minority in every place I go to, not to mention being discriminated by my own kins because I'm 'hybrid' and grow up in totally different country from my origins... I tried my best in studying my parents' languages but those relatives don't know what my "effort" is... my parents don't give a damn tho'... I'm happy as they are...
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Posted 2/22/08
Yes but i dont care
Posted 2/22/08

LJKanimes wrote:

Well, I'm Filipino-Spanish-Chinese

I speak and write in Mandarin fluenlty, but I speak Cantonese and Hokkien too...I speak Spanish fluently too...it's only because my mom does...My mom is Chinese-Spanish, I know weird mix...


yeah. happened to me too. especially with most filos i encountered, if you're a caucasian or rich-looking foreigner, they'll treat you right but if you're a filo too or poor-looking foreigner, they'll mock you or discriminate you.
Posted 2/22/08
Unfortunately, everyone gets put down during their life time for the stupidest reasons but discrimination is caused by people who don't feel comfortable in their own race so they have to drag someone through the mud to feel good about themselves. It causes a lot of unnecessary problems for all of us.
That said, I grew up with a lot of racist comments thrown at me for being white and called white bread or munchy cake by some racist idiots which is ironic as I am not white even if my skin is pale. My dad is scottish and tried to raise me to be a white person while my mom insisted she would make a good little Indian or squaw of me which is stupid as she is part French,Scottish, and Irish. The word squaw is a native reference to a part of a womans anatomy so it is more than just racist, it is a aboriginal derogatory term that means whore.
Aside from 4 of my many cousins, most of my cousins treat me like dirt as I am not a full blooded aboriginal person of the Miq-Maq tribe {Mic Mac in english} and I don't speak french, irish or scottish gallic, or follow my ancestral religion which makes me pathetic in their eyes. I don't care. I am my own person.
One british person rudely called me a WASP but my dad researched our family history- I am not descended from the Aglo Saxon tribe that overthrew Scotland . I have been called frog, half blood, told to hang out with my own kind by teachers as a very young child ,and asked as a young adult if I was an Irish car bomber. I have managed to rise above the insanity and stupidity of others and accept myself as a unique multi-racial person. I am not ashamed of who I am as a person and no one here should be ashamed of their heritage either.
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28 / F / Himitsu♥♥ ~_^
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Posted 2/23/08
Well, I'm half white and Japanese, but I look more like white. my dad is white Dutch/German but grew up in the U.S. my mom is Japanese. I was born in the U.S. but when I turn year and half, my mom took me to Japan. So I was raised in Japan until I was 14. I never got discriminated, but my aunts and cousins used to tell me why I don't speak English?? So that was my complex, and after I moved to the U.S., people thought it was weird because I look more white than Japanese. I still feel weird sometimes that people look at me when I speak English with an accent. Also when I talk in Japanese. Sometimes I feel like I don't even know what nationality I am anymore. My personality is like complete Japanese, but the looks like white. I really think you should be proud of yourself! I mean you speak Chinese, English, Spanish, and Japanese, and some of Tagalog! you're actually very smart!! so even you feel like they're looking down on you, have a confident! because you are smarter than them.
Posted 2/23/08
yes im a spanish french tagalog english japanese chinese speaking person dad's a filipino grandma is french mom is japanese and grandpa is chinese.............ive been discriminated a hundred times
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Posted 2/23/08
Yeah
from my father ethnic
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29 / F / USA Nebraska
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Posted 2/23/08
I'm arabic (middle eastern) so you can only imagine what kind of harassment I have to deal with that i carry an arab last name, luckily I wasn't born with completely dark skin since my mom was born in the here in the U.S.
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33 / F / just about ... here.
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Posted 2/27/08
well, having the initiative to study the language is a start. maybe you should come here to the Philippines to practice what you've learned. : )

i've never experienced being discriminated by my own ethnic group.
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