Good morning, and welcome to your planet: Transracial man says he feels Filipino

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USA Today:  Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. He even drives what he calls a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines.

“I’d watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours … nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”

The term transracial started to become more widely known after the much-publicized story of Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal, born white, identified as black and portrayed herself as such. 

Ja Du hasn’t told his family yet because he believes they will laugh at the notion of changing your ethnicity.  Ja Du knows some may question intentions or accuse him of cultural appropriation. This can be a problem, he said, but says he’s not trying to take advantage of anything.

“I don’t want that,” he said. “I think that we all have the freedoms to pursue happiness in our own ways.”

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Look, hate on Jung Dung here all you want – or laugh at him like he thinks his family will do – but it takes a special commitment to your new-found transracialness to go out and get yourself a Tuk Tuk to drive around in America to complete your farce.

I also really admire how he didn’t choose to identify as Filipino because he lives there or became immersed in the culture, but because he watched the History Channel.

I can see some dangers in that though – the worry is that someone could immerse themselves in Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and begin to identify as an elasmobranch fish.  Don’t tell me that in 2017 it can’t happen.

 

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