2.18.2011

Why didn't they just marry Asian guys? (Updated)

Slant a white woman’s eyes ever so slightly and there’s your diversity. Tan a white man’s skin just a tiny bit- give him a well-placed tattoo and there again is your diversity. Introduce glamorous locations from other cultures and there’s your diversity. Whites don’t need people of color messing up the aesthetics of a film, it’s just enough to ‘hint’ at the possible exotic origins of a white person and that’s good enough for them. It hails back to the old argument; whites would like to be anything other than white but retain the privilege of whiteness. 

The above quote comes from comment on a post I did about the upcoming film Sucker Punch (2011). Keep his words close in mind as we proceed through this difficult time.

Redefining the Asian American identity, my ass - this article annoys the ever-loving shit out of me - and I'm not talking about the Blasian part; they had valid issues.  I'm talking about the same thing M. Gibson is talking about up above.

Let me start with this:
It's something that needs to be considered. As multiracial identity becomes the Asian American mainstream -- by 2020, it's projected that one out of five Asians in the U.S. will be multiracial; by 2050, that ratio will exceed one in three -- the population of persons with one-fourth Asian heritage or less is poised to spike.

"I'm half Japanese, and my husband is all Irish," says sociologist Dr. Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain. "Our kids have very Celtic coloration -- pale skin and fair hair. They're not obviously Asian in appearance at all, and yet they still feel very connected with that part of their heritage. And that's becoming more common, particularly among Japanese Americans, where multiracial identity is so common. There's even a term for it I heard in California: 'Quapa.' If hapas are half Asians, quapas -- like my kids -- are quarter-Asians."

Quapas have an overwhelmingly non-Asian ancestry; many don't look Asian and don't have Asian surnames. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that as Asian America becomes more multiracial, a growing number of quapa Asians are affirmatively reconnecting with their Asian heritage, and actively embracing a sense of Asian American identity -- challenging society's conventional means of defining race in the process.
If this mixed mother is so hell-bent on preserving her Japanese heritage and wants her kids to feel the same and all that jazz...why didn't she just marry a Japanese guy?
"Meeko"
For rising folk-pop star Meiko -- just the one name -- embracing the culture of her Japanese
grandmother Chikako was both an homage to a woman who'd played an outsized role in her life, and a way of turning her feelings of being different from a liability into an asset...

"Roberta only had about 800 people, and it was pretty much split down the middle, half black and half white," says Meiko. "I think there was one Mexican girl who came in as an exchange student when I was in 9th grade; other than that, my sister and I were the only ones who didn't fit on either team. But my grandmother taught me that being a quarter Japanese was something that made me special, and that's what I always felt."

Meiko and her older sister Kelly -- now a rising fashion designer and a host for E!'s "The Daily 10" -- were close to Chikako, a war bride who'd emigrated to the U.S. from Nagoya, Japan after marrying their grandfather. "We spent a lot of time with her when we were little," she says. "She got me addicted to sushi, which ruined my life, because good sushi is tough to find when you live in rural Georgia."

Chikako's death when Meiko was eight was a crushing blow. "After she passed away, I felt totally disconnected from my Japanese heritage," she says. "I wanted to know more about her and about that part of myself, but there was no way of doing that in the town we lived in. So I decided to change my name -- I started calling myself 'Meiko,' which I pronounced 'meeko.' And I know now that's totally wrong, but by the time I figured it out, it was kind of too late."
Okay, sooooo grandmama married a white dude. Aight, aight...then mama married another white dude.  And now the granddaughter is toting around a name she mispronounced rather than researched...despite her close, deep connection with Japanese culture, mind you.  I Googled Meiko, by the way: her friends, fans, and her pallid hairy beau are all white. Even though she has money and fame and could up and move to Japan tomorrow or to a Little Tokyo (or in the very least, simply marry a Japanese/Japanese American man), she ain't leaving the cushy confines of white privilege for a damn thing.

Let's continue.

Author Lisa See ("Snow Flower and the Secret Fan") has similar feelings about her heritage: Even though it's not evident in her strawberry-blonde, green-eyed features or obvious from her name -- she notes that people are more likely to think she's connected to the candy business than Chinatown -- her sense of being Chinese is still at the core of her self-identity.
Lisa's 1/8th...see?
"In my first book, I wrote a line that sums up what I feel: 'I don't look very Chinese, but I'm Chinese in my heart,'" she says. "And every interview, every book event I've ever done, that's still the first thing everyone asks about. But the fact is, even though I'm only one-eighth Chinese, I grew up as a part of a very large Chinese American extended family -- I have around 400 relatives, and they're still my mirror; when I look inside myself, they look back."
Is that right?  How convenient is it to be a POC "on the inside" while wearing white privilege on the outside?  Because we all know a blonde, green-eyed white woman who is 1/8 Chinese knows all about experiencing racism and discrimination in America.  She knows exactly how it feels to be invisible in American media...after all, green-eyed blondes so damn rare in Hollywood.

You know...most POC make fun of white folks and their "fractions" for a reason.

Jeff Yang, author of the article, is married to a white woman, in case you're wondering what would possess him to would put shit like this in print.  The Blasian section almost redeems him.

Crystal Kay, Japanese pop
singer of Black & Korean mix
Those girls are half-Japanese, speak the damn language fluently, are fully versed in the various customs, and are at least trying to be involved in events with other Japanese people.

In other words, they're not running off to "breed the Asian out" over a course of multiple generations while still playing the Asian-on-the-inside-with-a-deep-connection card.

Take Moi, for example.  My mother's ancestors came from Saudi Arabia.  Arabs and Black Africans mixing together has been going on for over a thousand years - it's really nothing special, even though American jaws tend to drop like I just said something, like, totally awesome or whatever.  It's really notI don't look like an Arab.  I don't speak Arabic.  I don't get harassed in airports.  And I consider myself black.  But if I really wanted to immerse myself in the Arabic aspect of my ancestry, and pass that onto my descendants, I would do something similar to what the Blasians in this article did.  And I would take it even further: I would save my money, study Arabic, move back to Cameroon ahead of schedule, and marry an Arabic man.

But I'm not, so I don't play the "I am an Arab and have a deep, special connection with Arabic culture" card - because I don't.

Tasha & TigerJK
Now, let me just go ahead and end this by bringing up another little *pattern* I've recently noticed.  Blasian-born women, regardless of which parent is Asian, tend to gravitate towards Asian men.  Blasian singer Amerie didn't do a duet with Se7en just for shits ang giggles - mm-mm, not with those lips of his.  Blasian rapper and Korean Queen of Soul Tasha "Yoon Mi Rae" Reid is married to Korean rapper TigerJK and living in Korea - bitch is from Texas, y'all!  And speaking of bitch, blogger BlasianBytch definitely loves her some Asian men.  Commenters on here have mentioned Blasian singer Crystal Kay (shown above) - all her beaus are Asian.

And let's not forget our very own blogger Hateya.  Hateya's father is Native American, and she's married to a man from Japan.

Have y'all ever Googled the Ainu peoples of Japan?

34 comments:

  1. I'm part Native American and white, but I'm mostly black and only identify myself as black. I swear so many white people I meet try to make themselves seemed mixed when they explain their heritage. "I'm a European mutt! I'm 1/50th Cherokee (always Cherokee, never any other kind of Native American). I was Asian in a past life!" Um..you're white.

    These dumb bitches. Especially Lisa See. My GAWD.

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  2. Just admit that you like to study the culture, without lying and trying to make it seem like you're something you really aren't.Thats more exploitation, if you really loved the culture you wouldn't do that.

    Plus Lisa See's novels...I would rather read Aileen Zhang to get some Chinese fiction.

    Its yet another example of white people going to other white people to learn about other cultures just so that they get to seem "worldly" without having to do the extra work of interacting with those pesky people of different cultures. Or learning about them, or even *GASP* feeling like an outsider!

    What's that saying? Everybody wants to sing our blues but nobody wants to live our blues.

    After all if everyone is mixed anyway, why there can be no white privilege because no one will be white! They'll still look like it, but they won't be.

    And who can argue with that? That's diversity people.

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  3. Or even take enka singer Jero for example. Dude's grandmother was also Japanese. He was raised by her and learned all about enka music from her. He studied Japanese for years until he could speak it fluently and then moved his ass to Japan. From Wikipedia:

    Jero, who majored in information technology at the University of Pittsburgh, did not initially imagine himself in a career as an Enka singer. Rather, after he permanently moved to Japan, his main forms of employment were as an English teacher and as a computer engineer. He only began to actively work towards become an Enka singer because he had promised his grandmother that one day he would someday perform at the annual Kohaku Uta Gassen song show. As a result, he actively participated in numerous singing contests while he continued to work as a computer engineer and eventually achieved real success after only two months since he had arrived in Japan. Sadly, his grandmother never was able to see her grandson achieve Enka fame, for she died in 2005, three years before he became famous.

    Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you maintain a connection with a culture and properly respect it.

    Motherfucking Meiko couldn't even pause to research the appropriate pronunciation of her goddamn name.

    Asians need to be vigilant in America - now more so than - ever and not fall for white self-serving rambling the way Jeff Yang unfortunately did, because this shit ain't new. Asian Americans are just the latest group to experience this brand of bullshit. Black Americans and Native Americans have already been there, heard all of that. We've all met the privileged, clueless white person who's told us their great-great-great-grand-somebody or other was "part black." We've all met white folks who are one-twentieth motherfucking Cherokee. Fuck them. They don't know shit about the struggles of POC. And they don't want to. They just want to appear non-racist, worldly, and oh yes, "special."

    Jeff Yang adds:

    "To be accepted as Maori, you must be able to recount your ancestral line back up to an iwi -- a tribe -- and then beyond that, to the atua, the gods. You can be 1/1024th Maori by blood, but if you can speak the story of your family's descent from the Earth Mother Papatuanuku to the present, you're as Maori as anyone."

    Um, how convenient is that shit? I have met so many light-haired, blue-eyed fucks who've told me they're Native American, and that "they got fucked over long before blacks"? Uh....bitch, what reservation do you live on???!! Which cops have abused you, which government came in and bled your people dry - FUCK YOU!

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  4. another relevant saying "everything but the burden"

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  5. I gotta remember to tell security/the cops the next time I get racially profiled that I feel white on the inside and I have a deep connection to white culture through my white grandmother even though I've never actually experienced what it is to be white in America cause I'm visibly black.

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  6. I had to stop lurking and voice my opinion on the last bit there. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm Black and Korean, but due to 'a long dramatic story', 97% of the time I consider myself Black. Despite that, I cannot deny my obvious attraction to Asian men. I swear, this blog is like my sanctuary, I love it!

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  7. I have got to figure out a way to benefit from my 1/16th Scottish and Spanish genetic heritage. I want to feel exotic and special, too! *pouts*

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  8. ~ I gotta remember to tell security/the cops the next time I get racially profiled that I feel white on the inside and I have a deep connection to white culture through my white grandmother even though I've never actually experienced what it is to be white in America cause I'm visibly black.

    ~ I have got to figure out a way to benefit from my 1/16th Scottish and Spanish genetic heritage. I want to feel exotic and special, too! *pouts*

    I take you two see where I'm coming from with this.

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  9. @ Modest Goddess and Leo Princess
    LMAO! Some POCS be trying to do this, I don't know how well it works for them if at all.



    It's just like that song "Mr. Me Too" by Clipse
    "I know, I know Yep Yeah you too
    Okay we get it Yep Yeah you too"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdJjqApa3e0

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  10. By all of my physical appearances, you'll know that I'm African American. I've also had people to tell me that I look Ethiopian. I'm African American and I don't have any problems with being that. My late paternal grandfather was Black/Asian(Indian)but I'm also part-Native American(Cherokee) African( possibly Ghanaian), Dutch-British and Japanese. If you were to take a look at the majority of my folks, one could pass for a White woman,but overall,no matter what hue they are, they look Blasian, even moreso than Tiger Woods. They have no problems embracing who they are and we don't down play that fact. As a matter of fact, my grandfather would have gotten on my case something terrible if I said anything that seemed to disrespect Black people/culture( e.g. Tiger Woods).

    PS. I'm calling myself "anonymous 2" if it is ok with you?

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  11. Sorry, Anonymous 2. Still need a name of some sort.

    I'm sorry if I seem lost, but what are your thoughts on the women discussed above (Meiko, Lisa See, etc.)?

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  12. @ Student

    Just admit that you like to study the culture, without lying and trying to make it seem like you're something you really aren't.Thats more exploitation, if you really loved the culture you wouldn't do that.

    Which brings me to a point. It's one thing to be a fan, a devoted admirer of a culture. It's completely different to be a full-time practitioner with the intent to pass that identity onto your descendants.

    Those Blasians in Yang's article are very likely going to marry Japanese men. Jero is very likely going to marry a Japanese woman. And all of their kids will be raised with a strong Japanese identity. Because that's how it's done.

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  13. @The Girl in Question and DiamondViola,

    Like you two, I self-identify as Black because I am. In fact, my paternal Lakota and Cherokee grandparents "passed" as Black as a matter of economic and spiritual survival (stranger things have happened). My father and his siblings were acculturalized as Black and they all have Black spouses and children. Because my grandfather died before I was born, everything I've learned about the Lakota has come via external sources. My grandmother is a different story. Like Jero's grandmother (as Ankhesen mentioned earlier), we (her children and theirs) learned by the examples she set.

    Though I can't speak Cherokee (or that much Lakota either) to save my damned life, I have an inkling of what it means to be an indigenous person. My relatives are still living below the poverty lines on four "sovereign" reservations nationwide. The extermination program, the policy to wipe indigenous people off the face of the Earth, is still being implemented in full force. In addition, from the ages of 10-17, my father forced me and my siblings (when they came of age) to walk the Alabama portion of the Trail of Tears until we either passed out from exhaustion or encountered a river we couldn't cross. He never told us why or displayed any emotion at the end of each failed journey. He just tossed us into the car and drove us home. Each year, the message got clearer and it enforced an earlier lesson I'd failed to learn at age eight or nine. One day after I proudly announced that if I'd existed during slavery I would have been a dead slave, my Black grandmother slapped my ass into the middle of the next week. Half deaf from the smack and from the shock (she'd never hit me before), I didn't quite understand it when she said that I wouldn't even exist had it not been for the sacrifices that both my Black and Native Americans ancestors made. I couldn't grasp that they survived for the hope of me.

    Honestly speaking, I haven't always done well by the Native members of my family, mostly because I perceive them to be racist. This was my limitation and it took marrying a suspicious Ainu-Japanese (who isn't even remotely ready to admit his heritage) guy to force me to open my eyes and see the reality of their situation. Loving this man made me grow up and understand how the legacy of hatred, racism and genocide has affected us all and how we've all internalized our pain differently. Though neither pain nor race brought us together, we share so many common bonds it's frightening.

    At present, I'm a Black woman with a Native American father. I haven't even remotely earned the right to self-identify as either Cherokee or Lakota regardless of my DNA. Convenient spirituality and fasting the four days of the Thanksgiving holiday doesn't cut in. In truth, in this rarest of cases, being Black and Black American is my privilege.

    This said, if I were to contact Mieko, I'd tell her to take a flying leap because she's virtually reduced Japanese-ness to having a Japanese name and enjoying Sushi. Furthermore, how does being quarter Japanese make her special? The delusions are getting grander all the time. Furthermore, why hasn't her explorations into Japanese-ness taught her that "war bride" = "whore"?

    Lisa See = Gurl, pleez.

    Jeff Yang = Boy, get over yourself.

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  14. Author Lisa See: "In my first book, I wrote a line that sums up what I feel: 'I don't look very Chinese, but I'm Chinese in my heart..."

    Okay, so using Lisa See's words as a model, here's my identity: "I don't look very rich, but I'm rich in my heart. Even though it's not evident in my meager salary, my hooptie, or my big pile of bills... my sense of being wealthy is still at the core of my self-identity."

    Yeah. Convenient and a nice panacea when I'm feeling bad. But what the world sees when they look at me is a woman who isn't wealthy, no matter how hard I believe the contrary.

    Ankh, you mentioned in your DBW post that sistahs need to get their ish together. I would venture to suggest that Lisa See, Meiko, and others of their ilk do the same.

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  15. "actively embracing a sense of Asian American identity"

    But something tells me they still view Asian men as inferiors. Quite interesting how they don't notice that the super majority of these children have white fathers.

    The only sisters Asian men have in America are black women.

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  16. 'I don't look very Chinese, but I'm Chinese in my heart..."

    That shit pisses me off so much. You don't have to experience any of the racism, and you don't even acknowledge that racism still exists in America, but you still consider yourself a PoC. Hell no! And here's the kicker, they go off and marry white men without a second thought as to why they think white men are so great.

    There is no talking to white people.

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  17. Quite interesting how they don't notice that the super majority of these children have white fathers.

    Or maybe they notice but have a very good rationalization for that little trend.

    But something tells me they still view Asian men as inferiors...they go off and marry white men without a second thought as to why they think white men are so great.

    I'm sure they have a deep and powerful connection with them too.

    Say, hunter...do you have an email or blog where folks can reach you at?

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  18. @Hunter

    But something tells me they still view Asian men as inferiors.

    If they didn't, those mirrors they look into would tell them something different entirely.

    When one of these creatures lives abroad, say somewhere in Asia, she sure as hell will choose the "inferior" Asian man for the duration of her stay because it's more likely he'll have privilege in his own country. After all, she deserves the best due to her "heritage."

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  19. When one of these creatures lives abroad, say somewhere in Asia, she sure as hell will choose the "inferior" Asian man for the duration of her stay because it's more likely he'll have privilege in his own country. After all, she deserves the best due to her "heritage."

    Flawlessly stated. I couldn't have phrased it better.

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  20. For some strange reason, I'm just not feeling Lisa,Meiko and the good doctor. Sure, the three women want to claim their "Quapa" heritage and that's fine,but I have to wonder would they have claimed such if there weren't a bi/multiracial category and/or in some cases, treating it like it's the cool thing to be?

    Racial categories have been with us for a mighty long time. I could be absolutely wrong about these three women,but I will bet that for all of the time they have been on earth,they could have cared less about their Quapa heritage. I just don't buy their " love" for it. For example, Meiko said that when her Japanese grandmother died, she felt disconnected from it. With all due respect to her, how do you become disconnected from being Japanese?! Meiko has Japanese DNA, her grandmother was Japanese and she said she was interested in learning about her Japanese heritage.I knew some people who had non-White relatives that have died,but they never forgot who they were and/or stopped embracing the minority parts of themselves because of it.Her sister,Kelly, said that eating sushi "ruined her life". Does she believe that eating it make you Japanese? If that is the case, I'm Asian Indian because I like watching their shows/movies.

    I agree. I don't see Lisa, Meiko or the Doctor claiming their Quapaness for cultural connections. I just see them viewing as the "in"thing like the Jordache Jean craze of the 1980's. Every woman, including myself ,wanted a pair of those pants,but just like every fad,it either disappears or is recycled.

    I had a friend that ,in spite of being a White woman, she was a person who celebrated her 1/8 of her Native American heritage. She had blond hair,blue eyes and very light complexioned to the point where she couldn't tan,but she loved being it. Her father told her to embrace that part of herself.She did everything to learn about Native Americans.Though she is White, she never had no problem claiming who she was. To me, I felt a deep sincerity about her embracing her heritage than the three women mentioned on here.


    Deep in my heart, I feel that the three see their Quapa parts as being exotic only because being that in White society has become more acceptable,not because they want to be true to themselves.The women seem to the easy way in life. They want to be quapa,but not everything that goes with it.

    I admire Drunken Tiger and Tasha Reid. If anybody who should do their number are them. Poor Tasha had it hard,but she( along with Tiger) understands what it is to be strong power couple. To some people, Tasha may considered to exotic,but she is who she is . She's not playing down anything and isn't trying to take the easy way out of the real world.


    P.S. This will be my last post as you have told the people on here never to claim "anonymous" as their name.

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  21. @ Anonymous

    That was a great, insightful comment. By all means, keep 'em coming. Just create a random nickname (can even be simple initials) to go with it so we can communicate with you more easily. Too many Anonymouses - whether they're numbered or not - can still get confusing.

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  22. Thanks for the compliment. I understand why you said what you said about dealing with all of the anonymous posting. Whenever I come to do any postings on here, I will just refer myself as "M".

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  23. Great read. I do see Krystal Kay is pictured and would like to note that Krystal Kay is not Japanese at all. She is half African American and Half South Korean born and raised in Japan.
    Love her music.

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  24. @ Ree

    You're right! Can't believe I missed that!

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  25. @Ankhesen,

    Don't be so hard on yourself. Krystal Kay is the epitome of "I've been assimilated by the Japanese." On television and in interviews, she resonates as Japanese-like, not Korean-like. ;)

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    @ Anonymous

    1) Do not post as "Anonymous".

    2) The point of this post is that women are not reppin' the cultures they claim to. They don't know the customs, don't speak the language, don't experience the struggle, but lay claim to the identity nonetheless. If passing on the identity to their children was so important, the very least they couldn't done was chosen an Asian spouse and raised their children amongst other Asians. But they're not doing even that.

    Mind you, I get exactly what you're saying and where you're coming from, but you're POC. You're not a white woman who can "pass" while laying claim to a POC identity.

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  27. Hell, now I feel a hankering to claim my family's German ancestry pretty loudly. I mean, if these women can claim their Asian-ness without doing a lick of the work, research or lifestyle change that it would take to truly immerse themselves in a culture they feel so "connected" too, then I'm claiming Germany (even though I *DO* speak German, I *HAVE* German friends, *DATED* a German individual some years ago, *LISTENED* to German music and immersed myself in the culture. Hell, I did this for my Boricua and Creek cultures too (I was a very *interesting* kid years ago)....I even *SPEAK* German to my daughter (so she's getting Chinese, English, German and *snatches* of Spanish << Grams used to speak it to me and my brother when we were younger, but Lord knows I've forgotten a good chunk of it).

    I mean, I might as well claim White, Puerto Rican and Native American, as well as Black American since that's all it takes is to just FEEL a specific way on the inside. Gimme a damn break!

    They are white, white and more white and need to quite fooling themselves. And with all due respect to Meiko, Georgia isn't that bass akward that she couldn't have picked up a damn book at the Library to understand Japanese. I mean, DAMN. This is getting ridiculous white people!

    Now, I'm all fired up. Good thing my semi-boss is here. He'll just tell me to sit down and hush up and change the world tomorrow.

    /rant

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  28. It's no shocker that this trend is happening now, as the world becomes increasingly Asian-dominated.

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  29. I'm not buying Meiko's story. I really wanted to know how she felt about her grandmother's status as a war bride. From my studying of Korean war brides, the experience could be very alienating. Asians and Asian Americans in the US mainland and island of Hawaiian had particular feelings toward war brides. Some would view them negatively and that could ostracize them. So I wondered how her grandmother felt living in the US. Perhaps she became a war bride for survival. But we don't know. All this girl can talk about is mispronouncing her Japanese name and sushi. Even if she didn't know a thing about being non-white in the US she couldn't tell us anything about how her grandmother felt. Her pain, her joy. Nothing. Well, she can her white privilege.

    Anyway, I identify as black and I get upset when people make a big deal about my "ambiguous" appearance. I mean, it's no secret that my parents are both black. I may have hazel eyes, light brown skin and natural blondish highlights in my hair but no one would ever mistake me for white. Well, only once has anyone mistaken me for white, but you know I was in a dark club and the guy was black Nigerian. But otherwise I don't understand why people can't see who I am.

    I no longer try to claim heritage even though it may be indicated by my name or oral histories passed down by family members. Supposedly I have a great great white Irish grandmother on my mom's side. And my last name, my father's surname, is Irish. I know I can claim a clan that has annual meetings in the US. There are many variations to my name. But it's not something that I can proudly announce. In time maybe, but I want to be able to learn more about the Irish, about the culture, the history (however uncomfortably it interacts with the history of black peoples), and everything possible. And someday I may travel to Ireland.

    In the past I used to claim that I was Cherokee. But I've grown past that. I understand that native peoples in the US have to prove that they are native. The blood quantum system is so unsustainable. In the past the thing was that generally people knew you were native b/c they knew of one of your native ancestors. And if you claimed native ancestor people really had no reason to doubt you. It's just not something you'd lie about. It's not something you can pretend to know. Because they knew that part of you. But this system, which is not a native creation, it would seek to determine tribal enrollment by amount of "native blood." It's even worse b/c you could be both Lakota and Cherokee, as one of the above commentators identifies, and that would make you less native. I don't believe you can have enrollment in more than one tribe and even being of more than one native heritage can disqualify you for enrollment in a single tribe b/c you must at least 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 of only one tribe.

    This presents a problem for later generations. Some families are separated b/c maybe the grandmother is 1/4, but her grandchildren may only be 1/16 or even less by this blood quantum system. So not every member of your family can qualify for tribal enrollment. It can even happen to mothers and their children.

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  30. So I understand how difficult it is for native people to have to prove that they are native, but not even by their own standards. It even goes further into having prove that you can produce native arts and crafts. And some people try to fake it so they can just make money. And I know there are tribes that are federally recognized and there are some that are not. And I know that for many native people there are challenges that I cannot understand or even fathom. So I can't just frivolously claim I'm native. I have to be able to prove it, too. So, my family is working on a large genealogy project. And so far it has revealed some interesting things about us, especially concerning my grandmother's family. I know of a situation of domestic abuse where a wife killed her husband with scalding hot water. I know that my grandmother's father had a name change at some point in his life, but we don't know why.

    So, in finding out more about where I come from, my ancestors, I find out many interesting things. In trying to answer questions I only find more questions.

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  31. Awesome post, awesome site. I just stumbled onto it today when I discovered, to my eternal shock, that Lisa See is white. It bothered me so much to see her claim to be Chinese --sure, some of her family may be Chinese, but she will NEVER have the same experiences as a PoC. Now I'm side-eyeing my parents for encouraging me to read her books when I was younger (thank god I didn't actually listen to them, but srsly WTF MOM AND DAD).

    Ugh. That's white people for you. They want you to believe that they too suffer from struggles with race and identity~

    Can't wait to read the rest of your posts.

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