You do not look INSERT RACE

filippinofamilyJamie M. Young,
Seattle, WA.
Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges

I was born in Subic Bay, Philippines at the former U.S. Naval Base. My father is from Minnesota (of Norwegian/Irish decent), and my mother is from Minuhang, Leyte, Philippines. I am mixed race, but I have fair skin and dark hair. When I attend family events, I physically do not fit in. Individuals try to guess my race, thinking Spanish or Japanese. However, when I tell them that I am half FIlipino and half Caucasian….I receive the response.. “You do not look Filipino” or “You do not look American”. The attached photo is of me as a baby with my mom’s side of the family.

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  • Idamis

    My reaction to this race card is that I think is really annoying how people make their conclusions about someone’s race based on physical characteristics. People need to understand that race isn’t something that you determine by appearance.

  • Kiyannah

    My reaction to this is how many people can be rude by making assumptions. People need to ask more questions…but if you do not know them , they need to ask more respectfully

  • Obasi

    It’s not what is on the outside,but where you know where your ancestors came from.Some people these days need to be more open minded and you are right.

  • Lovelace

    My reaction is they need to mind there business. Don’t guess if you don’t know and make someone feel bad. If you know that only matters.

 

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