if you are of mixed races/nationalities

United States
March 28, 2010 12:29pm CST
if you are of mixed races/nationalities which ones do you embrace more and why? i have a ton of different ones in my family. italian, irish, polish, british, cherokee, and a few i have probably forgotten but i relate more with the italian and irish because i like their culture so usually if people ask what i am i say those two unless they want me to elaborate more. im mostly italian in percentage anyways. do you claim one more than the other? is there a personal reason why you embrace it more? or do you name all or just the one that you are have more of a % of? some people tend to think that if you dont name all of them then you must be racist against the other ones but if you are like me and have a lot of different ones it can be annoying! what do you do?
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
Hi moonlitmagikchild, you might not like me at all if I say I am a racist. But allow me to clarify. There is an anecdote in my country that goes like this...when God created man, he took some earth and cooked it, he left it simmering far too long and burned it, so he didn't like it, much too dark, and then he took another fistfull of earth and cooked it, and knowing he burned the first one, he took the second much too soon, then he saw it pale and didn't like it, so he took a third scoop of soil and cooked it, waited for just about the exact amount of cooking time and wella! he had just exactly what he wanted, not too dark not too pale but as fair complexioned as my people, ha ha. So, everyone in this pearl of the orient seas believe that we are God's perfect concoction. Seriously, I take pride in my being a Filipino. The Arabs and the Chinese, the Spaniards, the Mexicans, and the Americans have come to instill their mark on us but the brown race had emerged manning the seven seas, entertaining West End and Broadway, tinkering technological stuff at CEO levels,and nursing both the old and the toddlers in somebody's home. I do not claim that I am one or the other because I do have Spanish blood as my name says, and my grandma looks every inch Chinese. But I am Rilipino and proud of it.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
Ooops! That is a typo. Supposed to be Filipino. Oh well!
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
Humor is a trait. Oh gosh! I am having fun. Thanks for the post.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
i had never heard that story before lol
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I'm a regular American Mutt - English, Irish, German,Polish and probably a few that I don't know about. But my heart has always been Irish and that's what I claim for ancestry. It's actually the only nationality passed on by both of my parents anyway. There's that old saying: "There are only two kinds, the Irish and those who wish they were" Well, I am!
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
Hi irisheyes, I pray the Irish blessing and actually like the Irish stance against the British. But your old saying does not hold ground in my islands, ha ha. But I like the Irish still.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
yeah there is something about the irish that really draws me in
• Pamplona, Spain
4 Apr 10
Hiya moonlit, They have told me I am of Irish and Scottish descent so I think it could be true as a lot of Irish things and Scottish things pull me like their music their way of being. It would not be the first or last time someone comes up to me and asks me what part of Ireland am I from? One Man from Scotland took me by the Hands while I was here on Holiday and said "where is yer Daddy?" I tried not to look surprised but he started asking me if my Dad was okay and why he was not on Holiday with me? He was really genuine. I did´nt know how to tell him for a few minutes that I was not that person. So he said to me then "Och yer so like her, och I have never known anything like this before". We made friends with them too while they were there anyway. A few others too have come up and asked me how my Mother is and they were genuine too. I once thought that this might be a Candid Camera joke but it was´nt. But it was fun to be mistaken you sort of feel like a Film Star.
• United States
11 Nov 10
i seem to have a twin too but i cant seem to find her even in a small town.. everyone swears i look like some one they know but can never remember who and its annoying!!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Hi moonlitmagikchild. I have a few different races in me. Irish, American Indian, and Filipino. However, I normally say that I'm Caucasian and Filipino when someone asks as it's just easier that way. LOL Oh, and I've never embraced one more than the other. I never felt the need to. Happy mylotting!
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• United States
27 Apr 10
yeah its sometimes hard to list them all or explain if people ask so its easier to keep it simple and like only name a few lol
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Apr 10
I am half norske and half german....both heritages give my personality a little spice. I don't lean toward one or the other.
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• United States
27 Apr 10
yeah i dont know what percentage of italian and irish i am but they are the ones that stick out the most lol
• India
31 Mar 10
Hello i am from india, i live in orissa state, my grand father (father of father) is from neighboring state settled here since 1904, mom and her parents are from this state, we have a family record of 200 years, we call it family tree, this shows we are purely indian, not mixed Good discussion, thanks for sharing Prof
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• United States
27 Apr 10
thats very unique to only be of one race here in america.. heck i dont think we have ever seen it.. must be interesting!!
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Mar 10
If I were mixed races/nationalities, I won't feel embarrassed to it. On the contrary, I will be proud of it. At least I can speak one more language. Besides, usually mixed races people are much more beautiful:) I love China
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• United States
30 Mar 10
im not embarrassed by it but its hard to explain and try to remember what all i have in me lol.. especially if the people asking have maybe 3 different types.. i unfortunately didnt get to learn other languages though
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
Hello moon, My mom is a full blooded Filipino,but my father is half Filipino and half Canadian. I can say that,being a Filipino is what i used to be,and get used to be when it comes to tradition and culture,maybe becoz,i was born here in Philippines and also lived my life here already. The only thing that i can say made my looks different is,my eyes. It's a light brown colored that makes me different from the crowd,black eyes is normal with Filipinos. My grandma got grayish brown eyes,which maybe gives us this brown colored eyes. I never had any problem with race issue,but rather complimented with it.
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• United States
30 Mar 10
sounds like your lucky and got cool eyes from it =)
@jasmeena (850)
• Indonesia
29 Mar 10
My nationality is Indonesian, my parents are Indonesian from different ethnic group. My mom in from Central Java, and my dad is mixed from Javanese-Sundanese-Arabic. My mom is Javanese, but she is more familiar with Sumatran culture as she grew up in Medan and Banda Aceh. I call myself 50% Javanese, 30% Arabic and 20% Sundanese.We call our family UNITY in DIVERSITY and I am happy with that.
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• United States
30 Mar 10
i like that!!
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
29 Mar 10
My mother is from france and my dad is north african. I usually say I am north african I think because I am closer to my dad and to my uncles, aunts and cousins on the side of my dad. When people want to know exactly my decent I say I am mixed north african and french. So for me it's not that difficult I only have two. It would be annoying to say each one if I had many like you do. Take care.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
yeah it would be nice to just have one or two instead of the list i got lol
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Hey moonlit! I only know where basically where my two grandfathers originally came from! The rest of my family was born here in the US as far as I know! My paternal grandfather was born in Russian and was a Russian Jew! My maternal grandfather was born in Hungary and was a Hungarian Jew! I embrace more of my Hungarian side because I spent more time with my maternal grandparents and learned how to cook the Hungarian dishes and love hot and spicy foods as my grandfather did! Hungarians cook with alot of paprika and I love that spice! I still make alot of the dishes my grandmother and mother made! And they also have really bad tempers, which I also seemed to inherit too!
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• United States
29 Mar 10
yeah i always say that i show my irish side when i drink and my italian side when i eat or get mad lol
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I'm a mutt, pure and simple. English, Irish, German, French and Scottish. My mother's grandparents (her mother's parents) were German (her grandfather) and Irish (grandmother) and my father was mainly English but had some German in there somewhere. The Scottish and French came from my mother's father's side. Some older folks still remember a fairly famous baseball player named Al Kaline. That was my mother's first cousin. As far as I know, he's the only famous person in our family (except that my father's mother swore that she was somehow related to Richard Nixon... I don't want to believe that). I'm mostly German but I still don't think of myself as more one thing than another. I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam, I'm Marti the Mutt.
• United States
29 Mar 10
i know i prob have more things in my blood line than i know of but for some reason i fit in with the irish and italian better so i just usually claim those but im definitely a mutt in the amount of different things i am
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Well in my case it so hard to say. On my daddy's side of the family, my grandmother's mom was an Indian. So, her daughter was mixed with this descent. She had skin and hair like one. And I have hair and skin like one too. I am unsure of what type of Indian that I am mixed with. A girl in my 7th grade class asked me once if I was Cherokee. I told her that I don't know. I will really have to sit down and research my roots from the ground on up. I have been told by my 1st cousin that I am mixed with Indian. I have always checked African American as my race. But when you look at me anyone whom is familiar with what the different races looks like will say that I have to be mixed with something. I have really curly natural hair. And my eyebrows is really thick and deep. They are very black. I would not be surprised if I had some Cherokee in my family too, because I have also been told by people that I looked Chinese. On my mother's side of the family, her aunts look Chinese somewhat too. I have also been told that I look like I have the Philippine heritage in me too. It so hard to say right now. I would like to be given an accurate blood test that will tell me where my heritage falls up under.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
sounds like your full of mystery!! i would love to get that test too!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
28 Mar 10
Personally, I have English, Sloviak, German from my father's side and Puerto Rican from my mom's side. I usually say I'm English and Puerto Rican. I tend to favor the Puerto Rican culture because I just love the food and the music. My granddaughter will have alot to pick from when she is asked what her race is. She is Irish, German, Italian, Puerto Rico, Black, English, Sloviak. That is alot and I'm probably missing something else. The mixture of all these races has produced a beautiful smart little girl.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
it just seems as if some cultures we have in our bloodlines just draw us in more.. i love anything italian and irish but yet am not drawn to stuff for the other things i am but yet i wasnt raised to favor one over the other
@rhya08it (87)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
i think every race/nationalities in this world are great.. if your are talking about beauty i think asians and white races are perfect combinations.. if you notice the combination of white and asians are very good looking. but if we are talking about the attitude i rather chose japaneese since the attitude of a japaneese is very faithful and loyal.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
everyone that i have known that was Japanese were always good people it seemed
@weasel81 (2502)
• Australia
28 Mar 10
don't know what you'd do. both my parents are from the uk, mum is from scotland and dad from england. i used to get teased at school, cause i've also got an accent even thou i've only been to the uk on holiday. for some reason i embrace that celtic side of me, don't know why just have always been drawn to it. the only tie i have to australia is i was born here.
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• United States
29 Mar 10
i have a southern accent because my family was from one state and me from another.. everyone always didnt believe i belonged there lol