Stroopwafel, First, wow! That is one of the best short answer explanations of Filipinos in America I have ever read. You lay out perfectly why it’s virtually impossible for anyone to mark anything as a sole race. Especially in the case of the Philippine Islands, who were raped and pillaged by the many waves of europeons and others. There is no pure blood for sure. What I wanted to accomplish here was not to gain an advantage with AA. Anyone who has attended a UC knows that the Asian ethnic group has more than filled our quota. It concerns me though because it seems so hypocritical to welcome diversity, but then to define diversity solely as what can be seen on the skin. If anything the varying skin color of Filipino’s is a testament to our struggle and diversity. I have had so many people just message me and say “just mark white”. I don’t think I am do this, and feel honest about it. My heritage colors so many of aspects of my personal life. From political opinions on slavery, colonialism, globalization, women’s rights, and the suffering of the poor, to Food preferences like midnight cravings for pancit or adobo. Don’t get me wrong, I hate nationalism in all it’s form, I think it’s a pox on human progress, but that is not what heritage is for me. I am proud of my great-grandfather, and grandfather, and I feel like just marking “white” would be dismissing where they came from, and how I was able to be here. Thanks for all the advise guys. I think I will file a “diversity addendum”. Do you think I should specifically state in it, along with the above discussion, that I do not expect to gain any advantage for AA, or should I just explain why I mark Filipino, and leave it at that?
JD, dude there is no such thing as a "boring twenty-something white guy" in America in this century. You have open access to the sweetest fruit from thousands of cultures that have all come here to call her home. You can travel around the world without even leaving your neighborhood, if you are blessed with diversity. When you can see thousands of hot chicks of all races, and cultures, then you realize that beauty is universal. Skin is total BS. We as a society cannot move forward until we give up these colonial thoughts. We put too much emphasis on the importance of race and skin. It is sad really. You have to abandon certain aspects of your self in order to gain so much more. I have a friend that is of Scottish ancestry. He is really proud of his heritage. Wears a kilt, and a skein dubh to the bars and the lot. He also has cornrows...red freaking cornrows. He is also a rabid hip-hop fan. Lots of his friends are black, Mexican, Filipino, and white. He has respect for the music, for hip-hop culture, and by extension can empathize with the plight of the inner-city. He has Wu-Tang lyrics memorized. He has lost the preconcieved notions of what a white dude in America should look like, dress like, and who his social circle should be. But he has gained a community that could really care less what his skin color is. And even though he is a total freak and a party menace, he is also a really cool dude. If skin is the all important impermiable packaging then you will never get through it. But if you see it as only the container then you get access to the amazing stories, legends, pride, folly, sadness, and soul of another culture. I have to think this way. There is no other way. Respect other cultures and races. Make their stories your stories, their culture your culture, their sadness yours, and as a result their greatness becomes your as well. Make an attempt people, you can only grow from it.
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