Where Do Mixed Race Belong ?

by C-F on October 21, 2016 - 7:06pm

In my article, a young woman called Priyanka Yoshikawa has been chosen to represent her country for this year Miss World beauty pageant. This woman is born in Tokyo, but she has mixed origin, half Japanese and half Indian. People of her country believed that she should not represent her country since she is not a pure race. Is this a valid reason to reject someone candidacy? This article makes me think about that one time we talk about the different choice of answers that the government provides us in the census. When they ask questions such as the following: what is your ethnicity? Often mixed persons are confused about what category of ethnicity they belong to. I believe this issue as a similarity with Priyanka Yoshikawa problem. If she can not represent Japan or India because she is not a pure race this means that she do not belong in nether country. This doesn't make any sense.

My article reminds me of a personal experience. People often ask me what ethnicity am I since I don't look exactly like an ordinary white people. Every time someone ask me this question, I am not quiet sure what to answer because I am born in Canada like my mother but my father is born in Chile. When people ask me this question I would like to answer that I am more likely a Latina even though I am born in Canada. I believe that I am more like my father, more Latina, however I think that people would characterize me as Caucasian or maybe as a mixed race. I don't really know in which category I belong to just like Priyanka Yoshikawa. I believe that categorizing race shouldn't exist.

 

References

 

Friedman, M. ( 2016, September). A Half-Indian Woman Won a Japanese Beauty Pageant and Got a Ton of Racist Backlash. Cosmopolitan. Retrieved from http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a63783/priyanka-yoshikawa-hal...

Comments

I, one hundred percent, agree with you especially when you said categorizing shouldn't exits, because categorizing races is extremely wrong and it makes life harder for people, especially woman. which brings me to something called the glass ceiling which is an invisible barrier that prevents people from advancing to the top ranks of the corporate ladder, despite their education, qualifications, or achievements. This barrier is a huge problem for women in our society because it hinders them completely, it stops them from achieving what they want because of their gender, and it’s even worse for women of color because they’re a bigger minority. Imagine how hard it would be for a white woman to get a promotion when there are men against her, it would be ten times worse for women of color just because of their race. Women of color struggle the most in our society, because to them it’s not just a normal glass ceiling, it’s a hard “concrete ceiling" because it’s almost impossible for them to achieve greater things.

Here is an article that explains how women of color suffer more because of this ceiling
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jasmine-babers/for-women-of-color-the-gl_b...

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