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.
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...