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Monday, October 19, 2009

First of all, there could be a million different ethnicities and sub-nithicies (okay, it's a made-up word) of people these days, but one of the more prominent is the Blasian (or Afro-Asian).
The Blasian - Black + Asian - has been around since, well, centuries, quite naturally. But here in America, the term usually refers to a mix between African-Americans and someone from one of the Pacific nations (such as Philippines, Japan, China etc.).
Some Blasians have been making some serious headlines lately (That guy who smiles all the time after putting for birdie? You know, the one that's usually wearing a red shirt and visor and is usually smiling when they hand him the three-foot-long trophy? Yeah, Blasian.)
Some say the most popular "black" male model of our times is, well, Blasian.
Now, we all know race is a touchy subject, but ethnicity is not as divisive (right?): Anybody and everybody can claim a mixture: The whitest person in the world can claim, with some validity, an African ancestor. What we see now though is a pride associated with it that hasn't manifested itself before.
Some people feel though that one shouldn't emphasize the mixture, just the dominant traits i.e. if you have one drop of blackness in your blood (especially if its clearly seen in your complexion) then you're black.
I don't know; Is Kimora Lee Simmons Black, Blasian or what? She's whatever she wants to be.
I guess we all are.


Ms. Bar B: said...

"She's whatever she wants to be. I guess we all are."

I like that! I agree with you. The days of "telling race by looking" are over. You never know what blood someone is carrying until you ask. Isn't Ne-yo Blasian too? Lol.

October 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM
CraigJC said...

Yeah, we may not be a post-racial society, but we're definitely post-color ... I think.

October 19, 2009 at 7:17 PM

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