2011年1月15日土曜日

bicultural but which ones?



Amy gets a lot more looks based attention from Japanese people than Meg does. She is fairer haired, longer haired, smaller faced and paler skinned- all plusses on the cuteness scale. If she develops that crazy knock kneed walk and starts covering her mouth when she smiles she'll really go off the radar!

I (of course!) think both my girls are beautiful. I think Meg looks very Japanese and Amy less so. Recently we've been quite sociable and met quite a few people for the first time. It's been really interesting seeing the reactions of other people to the girls.

Two Iraqi women we met at one of the Christmas parties took numerous pictures of Meg and kept stroking her hair and cheek and giving her cuddles (poor kid was equal parts chuffed and squirming with embarrassment) and raving how much she looked like a little Iraqi girl.

Then last weekend we went to a New Year Party and one of the women there was really taken with Meg. She didn't speak English and only had basic Japanese and I don't speak anything but English and Japanese so our conversation was very limited but apparently Meg looked just like her granddaughter. Her Peruvian granddaughter. I'm straight out white Canadian/ Australian and there's a rumour that one of K's great (great?) grandfathers was Russian and that explains their family's height and 'tall' noses but there is not even a whisper of Peruvian or Iraqi blood on either side of the tree so I was bemused that Meg is such a bicultural chameleon.

It's got to be a bonus to be able to remind people of their family wherever you go, huh? Much better to look like 'one of us' than 'one of them'!


8 件のコメント:

selena さんのコメント...

Yup, I'm mixed and have gotten everything from Mexican to Moroccan. The great pan-ethnic!

Xana さんのコメント...

When I was backpacking, I was French/Israeli/Russian mostly, Armenian in Syria. I kept telling them I was "American" but they didn't want to believe it. Okay with me :)

The Japanese never believe that I am half-Japanese (blood-wise) either. Not even when they meet my mother. Who they insist MUST be my mother-in-law, though she doesn't speak Japanese. At least people think we are related now, when I was little people assumed she was my nanny.

And my girls are kwata- I suppose. Or suree kwata-? I guess it depends which side one is counting.

Bryn さんのコメント...

Both of your girls are stunning, but don't look related in the least, and I don't either one looks Japanese at all. I could definitely see Meg as Iranian, or something Middle Eastern-ish.

Neither of my mixies is ever pegged for what they are either, especially E. Oddly, Gabi gets asked frequently if she's half Japanese! No one ever believes they are black, usually latino or some kind of Pacific Islander something.

*Sigh* I'd give anything to be so exotic and mysterious, but I'm just a plain, old, boring cracker!

Sarah さんのコメント...

A bicultural (American/New York Jewish & Philippino) friend fits in wherever he goes - assumed to be local (or half-local everwhere from South America to Mediterranean Europe to Asia. He figured it made him perfect for a job in the CIA! Fitting in anywhere and everywhere can be a great skill.

Rachel さんのコメント...

Yes, I think our kids look 'international'. Our kids show up the blurry edges of racial boundaries. Erica looks 'just like' a friend's Mexican niece. All my kids pass for Maori kids in NZ.

Rachel さんのコメント...

Yes, I think our kids look 'international'. Our kids show up the blurry edges of racial boundaries. Erica looks 'just like' a friend's Mexican niece. All my kids pass for Maori kids in NZ.

Kim さんのコメント...

I was once at the LA Greyhound bus terminal waiting with a Japanese friend to buy a ticket. There was a man in a sombrero in front of us. Being rather new in the area, I assumed he was Mexican. He heard my friend and I speaking Japanese and turned around and joined our conversation. Ryu is ALSO often mistaken for being Latin American (and he's straight Japanese as far as anyone is telling.) Sweet Meg is in great company!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Wow, this is really interesting. I'm from a pretty white part of Australia and don't tend to meet many other nationalities here in Nagano so this is the first time I've come across this chameleon-ness but I like it! What a great way to break through barriers and foster international awareness and understanding, huh? It's funny because many people I met in Australia assumed Fukase was Italian when they heard it and were very troubled trying to read it without being rude when they saw it so I guess Meg will be the international chameleon with the confounding name!