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Replies to: "Race" in College Applications FAQ & Discussion 12

  • cappexcappex Registered User Posts: 515 Member
    It would nice to have some labeling
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 4,582 Senior Member
    Well this one is none too obvious!
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 4,372 Senior Member
    My son was adopted from Korea at the age of 7 months.

    He's an American citizen; he no longer has Korean citizenship.

    But he is Asian.
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 2,863 Senior Member
    @GMTplus7 Lol. Thanks for a good laugh
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 4,582 Senior Member
    So if someone's ancestors came from an Japan 6 generations ago they are still "Asian"? How about if your ancestors came from Ireland 6 generations ago. Are you Irish? What is it about "Asian" that results in that being continued whereas those with Irish ancestors identify as American?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 25,949 Super Moderator
    edited December 2015
    So if someone's ancestors came from an Japan 6 generations ago they are still "Asian"?
    Yes.
    What is it about "Asian" that results in that being continued whereas those with Irish ancestors identify as American?
    Because Asian is a race. Ireland is 95% white/caucasian. If one of them moved to the US, they'd still be white.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 11,144 Senior Member
    I have always considered myself Irish-American even though my ancestors came over in steerage 150 years ago.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    So if someone's ancestors came from an Japan 6 generations ago they are still "Asian"?

    Yes, they're still racially asian. But if their ancestors moved to Peru, then they are asian hispanic, like Alberto Fujimori, former Prime Minister of Peru, is.

    Hispanic is the only category w arbitrary rhyme & reason.

  • coffeeaddictedcoffeeaddicted Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    How much does the way someone looks influence their racial classification?

    I am half white and appear almost exclusively white, but my siblings (both same parents) are much darker than me. It's to the point where I check the "white" box and my sister checks the "other" box, when you can only check one.

    My mom is half black, half Asian and my dad is white. Would I check off just white; white, African-American, and Asian; or white and African-American because that would give me an advantage? My mom only checked off African-American when she was applying to college, but I feel like for me this is unfairly gaming the system, since I've never dealt with the racial discrimination that black people (like my mom) have dealt with.
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