As I mentioned in an earlier post, someone asked me if I were Chinese. This is not the first time. Occasionally, I’ll get the “are you part Asian question”, and some of the kids at school call me Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid”. My niece, Jenny, over at Mommin It UP dot com, said that in college her roommate asked if her dad was Asian when she saw his picture.
I’ve looked, I don’t get it.
Supposedly, way way way way back there is “Indian” blood in the family on my Mother’s side. Indian, as in Native American. But I’m just not sure, and with all the extensive family history research done by my Dad and other family members, I’ve yet to see anyone with an Indian name.
But, this does present a problem. I’m confused now on which box to check. Am I White (I guess Caucasian went out of vogue along with Negroid and Mongoloid)? Am I mixed race?
What to do, what to do?
Recently, we were ‘required’ to fill out a U. S. Department of Education Two-Part Race-Ethnicity Questionaire at school. The kids were also. This was far too big a job, and far too big a deal.
Many parents objected to filling it out, some actually refused to do so.
The poor off-spring of those rebels were forced to go to a “Certified Identifier” and be dubbed, and placed in one of the Ethnic groups.
Ah…your tax dollars at work.
As its name indicates, it is a two part questionnaire.
Question 1 says:
Is this student Hispanic/Latino (Choose only one)
- No, not Hispanic/Latino
- Yes, Hispanic/Latino
Now, the folks at the USDOE were kind enough to define Hispanic for us: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Thanks there DC, I’d never have figured that out on my own.
What is thes student’s race (Choose one or more)
- American Indian or Alaska Native (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America, including Central America, and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.) Thanks for clearing that UP!
- Asian ((person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India (thanks for the extra help, isn’t the fact that it’s called “The Indian Subcontinent indicative of the fact that it is INDIA!!!), Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.)) Thanks again!
- Black or African American (A perosn having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.) Well, duh!
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.) First of all, I suppose there are too many Pacific Islands to list. Secondly, Hawai’i is misspelled (I typed it exactly as they did)twice on a government form coming from the Department of Education. Please stop blaming the teachers and schools, the tree rots from the root! AND, last but not least…
- White (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.) Ok, this one surprised me…have they been to the Middle East and North Africa. I’m not sure those folks want to be considered White.
As I said, I’m confused, bewildered, totally screwed UP.
So, you tell me…what am I?
Your government is spending millions to find out.