Good Mornoonevening World Wide Web! Each Tuesday Evening at 9 pm EST we hold a chat on Twitter picking a unique, question, answer or topic as it relates to the people, family, friends and children who are biracial, multicultural, or multiethnic. The topics can be anything. I welcome you to even submit your topics at firstname.lastname@example.org to open up the discussion lines. We have a full hour on Twitter where your opinion, laughs and at times facts are welcome. Tonight the question that will be discussed is, ” Are you Mexican?” Join in the discussion @wecheckother on Facebook & Twitter
Good Afternoon World Wide Web! Yes that’s a map. A really big one. I’m a visual learner so I like to see what someone is explaining to me. It helps for a bit better understanding. Today we’re going on a virtual voyage. I’ll be your tour guide Others’Mother and I will offer some perspective for the conversation. I picked this map because it will help to better understand some points. Most of us can easily find possible issues between two races coming together in a relationship. Once they have a child; the child is then bi-racial according to how they look physically. What happens when two ethnic people have a relationship? I’ve seen tendencies to assume that someone who “looks” Asian is “Chinese” or someone who “looks” Latino is “Mexican” where in fact they may not be either. Of course China, and Mexico are the largest countries in their regions, but their sizes is not what I would say is the reason for the lack of understanding. Asia is huge and so it Latin America. One part I’d like to offer & what I’ve seen in my journey is that people in Latin America, speak “Spanish” but feel very connected to the countries they are from. Each country has their own way of using and saying words in Spanish, different preparations for food, and many more items that make them feel in fact very different and not a collective of “Hispanic” or “Latino” people. You couple this with race and well, I couldn’t type it all in a few pages. For simplicity, I won’t go into racial differences; I will just keep it uniform and leave that for the comments. I just want to stick with ethnic and cultural difference. In Asia, unlike Latin America, the languages are different even in neighboring countries, along with their food etc. So let’s just say that someone’s mother is from Columbia, and their father is from Mexico. They grow in a household with two parents who listen to two different types of music, prepare food differently, and so much more. It’s the same in Asia, the middle east, Africa etc. You can have people who have similar features on the outside, born in the same region, yet their countries are different in many ways. A person could be Cambodian and Laotian or Japanese and Korean. They grow up with multiple cultures, languages, & cuisine in one home yet seem to someone with just a gauge for race as just that; one race. In fact they may have a rich heritage of multiple ethnicity or culture to share. My rule of thumb; I ask. Even when the carnal part of me wants to think a certain way, I force my self to ask even if I feel sure to gain clarity. You never know; you may learn something new! Maps ROCK!
As always, Thank you for visiting We Check Other! I love to spark great conversation. The comments are open to great minds to finish the conversation below!
*Bonus (Map of Latin America)