March 31, 2010 Leave a comment
About 100-yard-dash: I got tired of the Other box, so why not make up a race?
2010 Census, still, does not have the right combo for us Mishmash Mutts.
November 27, 2009 1 Comment
It’s the kind of race battle we’re still trying to wrap our hands around in parts of the U.S. (consider the mixed race couple that was denied a marriage license in Louisiana…and that’s in 2009! Who forgot to tell that judge that we have a multiracial President?)
Lou Jing is Mandarin-speaking 20-year-old who competed in Shanghai’s version of American Idol. She’s the focus of a passionate public debate: what does it mean to be Chinese. And it’s all about the color of her skin. Lou Jing’s mother is Chinese, her father an African-American whom she’s never met.
For sure, it’s a controversy that boosts ratings. Wouldn’t Simon Cowell be all over this?
China doesn’t easily accept mixed-race children as Chinese. When a child is born the parents have to register the child as belonging to one of the fifty-six government-approved ethnic groups. There are no mixed-race categories. We have that same battle here in the U.S., only we have four groups: Black, White, Asian, Hispanic. Sometimes Native American and Pacific Islander are bunched in with Asian. There’s always the Other box – that’s me. You can read my brief bio here about what I used to write on race forms: 100-yard dash.
On rare occasion, a form lists Multiracial. We need that on EVERY form.
While the U.S. is just now rising out of its shame about race-crossing, what happened here to the Chinese pride about MADE IN CHINA?
May 28, 2009 6 Comments
Here’s a partial list of well know multi-raced people. Source: web, library, and word-on-the-street research.
Drop a comment here to add what and whom you know.
Before we start: President Barack Obama, father from Kenya, mother has Irish roots
2. Alexander Hamilton, mixed-race mother, Scottish father
4. Amerie Rogers, singer/actress Korean, African American
5. Ann Curry, newscaster Japanese, Irish
6. Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic speed skater, Japanese, Caucasian
7. Ben Kingsley, actor, Russian, Jewish and Indian descent
8. Ben Leber, NFL player (Minnesota Vikings), Japanese, Caucasian
9. Brandon Lee, martial artist/actor, Chinese, German, Swedish
10. Brian Ching, MLS player (San Jose Earthquakes), Chinese, Caucasian
11. Bruce Lee, martial artist/actor/philosopher, Chinese, German
12. Chad Morton NFL player (NY Giants), Japanese, African-American
15. Cindy Burbridge, Miss Thailand 1996 Thai, British, Indian
17. Danny Graves, MLB player, Vietnamese, Caucasian
18. Dave Bautista, wrestler, Filipino, Greek
19. Dave Roberts, MLB player, Japanese, African-American
22. Devon Aoki, actress/model, Japanese, British, German
23. Dorothy Dandridge, actress, Jamaican, Mexican, Native American, Black, Caucasian
26. Eddie Van Halen, musician, Dutch, Indonesian
27. Enrique Iglesias, singer, Filipino, Spanish
29. Françoise Yip, actress/model, Chinese, French-Canadian
31. Gloria Reuben, actress, black mother and white father
34. Hines Ward, NFL player, Korean, African-American
36. Jaime Ong, actress/model Chinese, Australian
37. Jane March , actress/model Chinese, British, Spanish
38. Jasmine Guy, actress, black father and white mother
42. Jerome Williams MLB player, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Hawaiian, Spanish, African-American, British
43. Jodie Ann Patterson, Playboy Playmate, Indonesian, British, Swiss
44. Johnny Damon, MLB player, Thai, British
45. Karen Mok, actress/singer, Chinese, German, Persian, Welsh
47. Keanu Reeves, actor, Chinese, Hawaiian, British
49. Kelly Hu, actress/model, Chinese, Hawaiian, British
50. Kiana Tom, fitness trainer/model, Chinese, Hawaiian, Irish
51. Kristen Kruek, actress, Indonesian-Chinese, Dutch
54. Lola Corwin, Playboy playmate/model, Korean, Irish
55. Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Cherokee, Scottish, Irish, Spanish
56. Maggie Quigley, actress/model, Vietnamese, Irish
57. Malcolm Gladwell, writer, Half English, half Jamaican
58. Marc Dasacos, martial artist/actor, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish, Irish
61. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor, Dutch, Indonesian
62. Maya Rudolph, comedian, black mother and white father daughter of the soul singer Minnie Riperton and Jewish/American composer/songwriter Richard Rudolph
64. Mike Shinoda, musician (Linkin Park), Japanese, Russian
65. Namie Amuro, singer, Japanese, Italian
66. Naomi Campbell, model, Chinese, Jamaican
69. Olivia Lufkin, singer, Japanese, Caucasian
72. Phoebe Cates, actress, Filipina, Russian-Jewish
73. Rachael Yamagata, singer, Japanese, Italian, German
77. Rob Schneider, comedian/actor, Filipino, German
80. Russell Wong, actor, Chinese, Dutch
81. Sandrine Holt, actress/model, Chinese, French
82. Sean Lennon, musician, English, Japanese
83. Shannon Lee, martial artist/actress, Chinese, German, Swedish
84. Slash (aka Saul Hudson), Guns and Roses musician, Black American and white
85. Soledad O’Brien, television personality, Irish/Australian father, Black/Cuban mother
87. Tata Young, singer, Thai, Caucasian
89. Tia and Tamara Mowry, actresses, black mother and white father
92. Tommy Chong, comedian, Chinese, Caucasian Canadian
93. Tyson Beckford, model, Chinese, Jamaican
94. Vin Diesel, actor, black, Italian
95. Yul Brenner, actor, Mongolian, Russian, Swiss
96. Christina Aguilera: singer, Ecuadorian and Irish
97. Jessica Alba: actress, French Canadian, Danish and Mexican American
98. Taylor Lautner: actor, French, Dutch, German,and Native American (specifically Odawa and Potawatomi)
99. Benjamin Bratt: actor, Peruvian, English and German
March 23, 2009 6 Comments
Who was thinking what when they invented the spork? I know there’s the true story of how it happened, but inventions also come with lore. And isn’t imagining it better then truth? Isn’t imagination often a bunch of notches above reality?
Did the spork start with the pitchfork? Maybe a farmer wanted to pitch hay one second and then dig a hole to plant potatoes the next. Potatoes do grow in the ground, don’t they? Or do they grow on bushes? Too much city girl here.
Let’s say the origins of the spork is rooted in agriculture. Because every second counts, and who has time to fling hay then set down your pitchfork, grab the shovel, flurry away at the soil and then back with the pitchfork. So one day this farmer duct tapes her shovel handle onto her pitchfork handle and there it is! The first spork! Like everything else, it got downsized into the white mini-spork as we know it today.
And somehow this kooky invention migrated from the farm to fast food, the spork as we know it wrapped in clear plastic ready to scoop/stab some vegetable stew, then off to its destiny as it clogs our landfills. How many plastic sporks are buried below? There’s probably even bird nests with spork tine splinters woven in with natural nest weavings.
Thought for the day: A sense of humor feeds the imagination, and laughter can help smooth some of life’s edges. As for imagination…use it! Let it be your teacher, to stretch you into new territories. Our brain will starve if we don’t constantly feed it. Laugh. Imagine. Nourish your brain.
March 20, 2009 2 Comments
Obama aspired to a place which America is still striving to reach. In the 2004 Democractic Convention, he said, “there is not a black America and a white America…there’s the United States of America.” In truth, there is a color coded America, as he acknowledged in his remarkable speech on race http://preview.tinyurl.com/nyt-obama-on-race.
We’re each a sum our parts, as Obama said, and so is this country. But can we choose which part we want to dominate, as a nation or as individuals? What’s with the controversy and chatter about which race biracial or multiracial persons choose to claim as race? Is it only about perception, what others see? What if Tiger wanted to say he’s Thai, why not? Would others “allow” that? What if Obama referred to himself as biracial instead of Black? Why does it matter to anyone but the “self?”
To those who have some stake in what others call themselves, I say, leave our genetic make-up alone!
And meanwhile, though the U.S is still color coded, we’re on our way to a better day.
Thought for the day: The future comes in steps, and never all at once. But every step of the way, keep in mind that freedom ends when we take it from others.