After spending over a year in Asia, I've gotton pretty good at identifying Asian races and all of their mixes. Now I find myself playing the game with myself.
Multiracial black women like myself may find it fascinating to live in Asia. You really do transform (physically, mentally, and spiritually).
My first experience with Ambiguity came in high school when someone asked me if I was Biracial. I just answered no and left it at that. Despite being one of the founding members of our Diversity Club, I was really just eh to race identities in general. I already talked about being part of the alternative music radio station. Nuff said.
Now after being in Asia and being mistaken for Southeast Asia in both East Asia and in Southeast Asia, I'm starting to feel like a true Chameleon. There's nothing weirder than being assumed that you're Biracial and Black your whole life, to being assumed you're Southeast Asian or being spoken to in a different language before English. Some personality aspects quickly identify me as American though.
Who knows if I'll ever become fluent in any of the languages though. I still have my handy two way translator headsets to try out. It's crazy that you don't even need to use these devices though.
The other odd thing is when you start using natural and Asian skincare products and supplements for anti-aging. I'm not referring to lightning products at all. Nothing makes you look into science quicker than the transformation that occurs from natural ingredients like Vitamin C, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, and other melanin blocking ingredients. Staying out of the hot sun also shows its magic. It truly reminds you that everyone is just beige underneath aka the future of societies! I've been forced to recognize the African of the African American, the Native American, and the European blood in me. I don't know why it took living throughout Asia for that to happen. This is why you shouldn't put yourself or others in just one assumed identity box.
For those of European descent, it's a different physical transformation that I've observed in East Asia. Some really get ingrained into the culture to where the style, hair, and makeup makes you wonder if they actually have East Asian in them.
For those who are mixed race Asians with East Asian and/or Southeast Asian, it's even more fascinating to see their mixes up close.
The future of Asia is sure to be a unique one though! I look forward to it! :-o
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