‘Transracial’ man, born white, feels Filipino

‘Transracial’ man, born white, feels Filipino
Ja Du speaks out. (Image: Screen grab of CBS 10 Tampa video)

[Ed. – What kind of lunacy have we adopted, that we call this being “transracial”?  A lot of people feel most at home in cultures they weren’t born into.  This guy isn’t making a political cause of his preference, as Rachel Dolezal did.  The “crazy” here is the artificial, imposed construct of “race” that says if this guy was born “white” he can only “act white.”  That perspective doesn’t even resonate with me — and it didn’t govern all our thinking when I was a kid.  This hyper-racialism is a more recent development.]

Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says.

Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial. It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.

Sound weird? Not to them. Ja Du says he grew up enjoying Filipino food, events and the overall culture.

“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” he said.

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