For any type of applicatons I usually just put asian but technically I am half chinese and half west indian (cant narrow to one country there), so should I just conform to what I usually do with my race or should I check other and write asian/west indian?
Will putting both races give me an adtantage over just putting one race?
I am contemplating this as well. The older I get, the more i really dislike identifying as something i am not. Both of my parents are west indian - one of south asian descent and the other of african descent. My lsac info says other, but who knows what i marked on the lsat. I dont consider myself african-american and somewhat feel marking such is false. At the same time some people say you are screwing yourself marking anythin else, especially with the way people of african descent are treated. The applications where you can write in your ethnicity are great but unfortunately they are not the majority...
What do you consider yourself to be? If I were you, I would check both Indian/South Asian and Black if I could, because that is your heritage. I would then address your West Indian heritage in a diversity statement. I am a Black Bermudian, so I checked the Black/African American box and then talked about my Bermudian/West Indian background in my diversity statement.
The concept of West Indian is a little confusing because like Hispanic, it an ethnic/cultural/geographic term, not a racial term. The original poster mentions being Asian and West Indian, but that doesn't address the race of his/her West Indian parent. The best way to communicate West Indian heritage is through a diversity statement, when you can elaborate on your culture and how it has affected you.