Updated: 2 days ago
For some strange reason, many have been skeptical of my ethnic identity. They don't know what to call me. Many people say I look German. I am of German descent. So I'll take that. On the other hand, I have been called other things such as "Asiatic" or "Ambiguous". Why are people so obsessed with my ethnicity?
Dealing with Featurism in the Western community
Occasionally I visit these pages celebrating European culture, which I do showcase on my website. Love the diverse cultures of Europe. It’s where my heritage comes from. But be wary that if you do go to these pages, every so often, you'll run across extremely biased people that, if they see something about you that is different concerning your physical appearance or maybe something that might not measure up to their standards as to how someone from these various cultures of Europe should look, some of them will go so far as to pick apart your ethnic identity and call you ambiguous. I've had people make comments such as: "You look mixed", "But you're Asian", "What do you mean 'we' or 'our' if you are Asian?", "You Look Asiatic", and the last is the worst, "you have small slanted eyes."
(as if being mixed is a crime). It’s cringe-worthy. So here I am addressing it.
This may be because I possess high cheekbones, the square jawline, straight dark hair, hooded eyes etc.
How is this relevant to the conversation? And, of course; the response I get when I tell them my ethnicity.
I should have given myself this tip:
I'll keep this in mind next time.
Someone asked which would be more important: To preserve America or Europe? My answer:
Some of them even asked me if I have Amerindian ancestry, which also have an Asian connection.
If you'll notice, these comments are laced with subtle bias and prejudice. Basically, they are implying that being mixed with 'Asian', or to be mixed at all with anything other than White is bad and suggesting that I am not a true "European" or "Germanic-American" because my appearance looks Asian. Now, if you are someone who has Asian ancestry, I don't think that is anything to be ashamed of. But people can be cruel and unreasonable and it really shows in their attitude and approach.
"You have Asian Eyes."
People have told me this. Sometimes people with eyes that are hooded are mistaken as those with Asiatic features. So here I will be addressing this first.
Take note: there is a difference between hooded eyes and Asian eyes. Learn the difference!
Let's review the difference. What makes a hooded eye? What makes an Asian eye?
Many Westerners, Jewish people, and African Americans have them. This makeup video also shows pictures of white women who possess the trait of having 'hooded eyes'.
I've been asked, many a time; if I have Asian ancestry because of my eyes. #HoodedEyes are pretty typical in Europeans and they are more common than you think. They are not an actual Asiatic epicanthic fold in the eyelids, but the effect is very similar and has the same function of protecting the eyes in cold windy climate.
Many Europeans and those of European descent have them. It's actually more common than you think.
So let's talk about Asian eyes. What Asians have is what we call the "Epicanthic Fold". It is a piece of fatted skin that covers the part of the eye that is closer to your nasal. It can also form on the bottom of the eye in rare cases. Here is a video explaining this.
Now, the question is; can a European white person be born with the epicanthic fold? It is indeed possible if they are mixed with Asian blood. But it is not a very common occurrence. But it does occur. Genetics are a funny thing. You never know what you'll get in the grand scheme of things. Here are some fun facts about this.
Regardless of whether or not you are Asian, it is still possible for a white person, even a black person; can be born with the epicanthic fold. I've seen them. And they almost always come in the form of a double eyelid. I would also like to point out that it is possible to look Asian and have no Asian ancestry. See here.
Dealing with Colorism in the Western community
"Light hair and light eyes are a sign of 'pure' genes."
I hear this all the time. The funny thing is, they NEVER say that about a white person with dark hair, dark eyes, or tanned skin. It amazes me.
I've heard talking points such as: "Lighter features are a sign of "pure" genes."
"The brown-eyed hordes have Europe in its grasp!"
Ugh! As if being an ethnic European means that you have all light features! How narrow- minded can you be today? It can get frustrating many a time. Many European pages only seem to promote the lighter features of Germanic peoples as the signature of what it means to be ethnically of European stock, while throwing brunettes under the bus, as if they are any less white. Our ethnic identity might as well be in question, right? After all, lighter features are a sign of "pure" genes, as if my dark brown hair somehow invalidates my ethnic identity. For example: Most of the French have brown hair. Are they any less "European" than their blonde counterparts? Ignorant people don't know how much diversity Europe holds, do they?
Yes, I have dark brown hair. It is my natural hair color. Yes it is dark. And yes, Westerners have dark hair, too. Does that mean I have Asian or Indian ancestry. Not necessarily.
"High Cheekbones are 'Asian' features."
Another thing they'll say. But does a European with high cheekbones mean they have Asian DNA?
Quite to the contrary. In the European tradition, high cheekbones were considered an aristocratic trait. Asian cheekbones are not high cheekbones. Asians have wider cheekbones because of what the face and eye fit seem flat. European high cheekbones - is the point of attachment of the muscles of the lower jaw. It is located slightly higher than usual, to create a stronger jaw pressure. Because of this, a natural long diagonal line is formed. Therefore, it is safe to say that high cheekbones are a truly European form of the skull. Any Germanic can have extremely high or low cheekbones, but there are only certain kinds they can have.
European high cheekbones
High cheekbones have been a European trait throughout history.
Our legacy lives on!
What about my great-grandfather's Japanese wife, Chieko?
What others have said about it:
Below is a picture of my great-grandmother by blood, and my great-grandfather, Bernard.
My grandmother, Sharon Rose; is their daughter.
She also had hooded eyes, and she is the woman I got them from. I am blessed!
Things non-Asian people are so sick of hearing!
"You should take a DNA test. You might have Asian ancestry."
People just assume that I have identity problems, which I’m pretty sure that it is they who have a problem with my identity, not me.
It's crazy when even some of my own people, who have known me for years; try to side with these ignoramuses who say I look Asian, despite the fact I have pale skin, freckles, brown hair, hooded golden eyes, an average Western body build, height, and bone structure, keener and outwardly pointed facial features and a nose that sticks out (not exactly Asian characteristics).
Asians are beautiful. Don’t get me wrong. They have their own unique characteristics and things about them that set them apart from Westerners and other ethnic or racial groups, and that’s wonderful. But I just don’t see it in me. And these people who assume I’m Asian or part Asian really baffle me. I have no known Asian ancestry, either. But maybe I’m just wrong. 🤷🏻♀️
So let's say that it’s possible that I have an ancestor that was Asian somewhere down the line, maybe hundreds or possibly thousands of years in the past. Am I allowed to be “Asian” because I might have an ancestor that was different from thousands of years ago? Better yet, is a white person; who has a small amount of Asian blood allowed to be Asian or biracial? Are we going to one-drop-rule everything? And are we all really going to jump onto this bandwagon of stupidity? This argument is ludicrous, because if a brunette white person and mixed chicks are the same, then why in the world am I distinguished from biracials in the mixed community????
It’s like this guy who had a political disagreement with me about American politics that decides to single me out because “YOU look Asian”. I can’t even claim to be an American or care about America because: “You don’t ‘look’ American” and therefore your “say” means nothing.
“You’re not allowed to claim you’re Western because you might have an Asian ancestor.”
This is the dumbest counter-argument on earth. And I’ve noticed that the only time people bring this up is when I talk about my nation’s history or have a political disagreement with someone. I can go on and on about how divisive this is. The other time they bring this up is when we are talking about bias in the white community concerning this Aryan beauty standard and worldview some hold.
Any time we talk about people’s ethnic mix, who are considered to be mixed aka biracial, they will tell you what they are mixed with and why their hair is the way it is, and why their eyes are the way that they are. And yet if a white person dares to say they are mixed with anything other than white, why do you think they still call us white? Think about it.
So why identify as mixed when we are not accepted as mixed or accepted in the mixed community because we don’t look ambiguous enough?
How is it that some whites, despite the fact that they had an ancestor that was different; look European? Can they still claim they are mixed? Or could this be an indication that they inherited their genes from their European ancestors, only? Yes, this does happen!
“Why don’t you take a DNA 🧬 test? You might have Asian ancestry.”
Ok, dude... Why don’t YOU take a DNA test? Why should this even matter? It doesn’t and I’ll tell you why. Christians are not to pay attention to endless genealogies to the point where people would take it seriously. Because “racial purity” doesn’t matter to God, nor should it even matter to Christians. Because the only reason one is to do this is to try and prove one’s legitimacy or authority that derives from such supposed “purity”.
So, for those who are trying to invalidate my ethnic identity because I look different saying: ((“You shouldn’t claim to be Western because you look Asian,”)) need to get some realization. This is not only divisive, but it shifts the focus off of reaching our nation and people and onto sectarianism. When it comes to salvation & redemption, greatness, or favor with God, my pedigree means nothing.
To whom may feel the need to invalidate my ethnic identity and family history. It’s none of your business! No, I am not mixed with ‘Asian’ or ‘Amerindian’. And that assumption would only be ok if it were true.
And before you ask the question: No, I am not Asian. I have no known Asian ancestry. Get a clue!
Why should I have to take a DNA test to "prove" I am who I am? Please, just accept the fact that Europeans are diverse. Our hair and eye combinations come in a variety of colors and shades from the darkest of night to light and bright colors. Our skin tones vary from tan to alabaster-white to ginger freckled. We all have our different physical characteristics. Some have freckles and some don’t. Some have curly hair, straight hair, wavy hair. Some have body types that are curvy, petite, short, and tall. Some of them also have low cheekbones and some have high cheekbones.
People with my phenotype exist all over the West. So get some help and therapy. Get God in your life. Put your focus on his purpose, not on everything the world wants to shift our focus on.
If you don’t like the fact that I identify with these things because I don’t look the way you think I should, just know that Europeans and Caucasians come in different skin shades, hair and eye combinations, and facial features. We are very diverse! So get over your bias! Have a wonderful day!
Finally, someone gets it!