An interesting issue came out of this thread.
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What came up was a photo of a young boy of mixed heritage. This forum by the way is for mixed Filipinos & issues related to that. So a woman responds about how she doesn't like assumptions and would rather be asked. She says that recently her son asked what was he because his peers are already trying to categorize him by the 2 common groups of people in their area. She however, claims that she has to describe him as "Hawaiian", and only then can people spot him. Now, she used the fact that he was lost during Katrina as justifying why she could use "Hawaiian", however she is ignoring one major issue which I brought up and now seems rather perturbed by me pointing out how her son does not have Hawaiian features to the trained eye.
My point throughout all of this was how people tend to classify or categorize others based on what people's perception of a particular group of people should look like.
For example, yesterday at a Cuban bakery I go to a worker asked a customer if he was Italian. Why, I don't know, but both the worker and customer were latinos. To me, this customer had the typical features of a Mexican whose family probably lived in the south western US for generations. He was fair complected and had large eyes, just over all features I haven't seen with both southern & northern Italians that I've known. For whatever reason, to the worker, there were features that seemed to be Italian-like.
Going back to this woman & her son, she seemed to ignore my point about what I just had explained above. Hell, even to other Hawaiians and locals, I may or may not have Hawaiian features, or Filipino features, or even Portuguese features for that matter.
Fact is, people tend to continuously stereotype us, which to me, seems like it's normal to do that with any other group. But if someone asks what do we think, and when I tell them the facts, I don't think they should be so defensive. Especially since we have been occupied and our survival is at risk. To further allow continued ignorance like this, to me should be corrected whenever possible.
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