I'm currently on the academic job market. I've applied for positions at some places where diversity is very much on everyone's mind--and rightfully so. I'm of mixed ethnicity; one of my parents is a member of an underrepresented minority. I reflected this in the demographic question on my apps. However, I'm consistently perceived as white. It's likely I'll be asked in an interview about my commitment to supporting diversity in the university community. Is there a tactful way to mention my background, or should I avoid it? [more inside]
When I was growing up, in the seventies and eighties, Eastern Orthodoxy was pretty much an ethno-faith. That is, to be Orthodox was to be Greek, or Ukrainian or Russian or any of the historically orthodox nationalities who had immigrated to this country, along with a few outsiders who had married into the faith. Nowadays, however, things have changed . . . [more inside]
Do members of majority groups benefit from going to schools where they are in a minority? [more inside]
What public places can I go to that will be multi-ethnic? [more inside]
So I'm trying to find examples of cultures/peoples/ethnicities/religions that are significantly dissimilar to the main city/culture/groups that surround them. Like finding a group of Amish people in Detroit. Or the one someone gave me of the significant Hasidic population in the scantily clad nightlife world of South Beach. What other current examples are there in the USA and Canada of unexpected groups in unexpected places?
I'm tagging a collection of photos of people for artistic inspiration as I learn to draw and I need some guidance on selecting tag names that are both useful and inoffensive. [more inside]
I am looking for kids books that depict fairies that aren't all white. Sometimes, one can find some variation in hair color - but little in the way of anything that doesn't look classically european. I am mainly looking for books for little kids, Dr. Seuss reading level.
My son will most likely at some point think he is Chinese. He is named after his great-grandfather. When and how should I explain to him that his great-grandfather's nickname was a racial-slur against Chinese people? [more inside]
How do other languages (non-English) express the scientific term 'race?' vs the colloquial? In taxonomic terms, the word "race" is 90% used as a misnomer in US discourse. This is rooted in "Social Darwinism," or contemporary racist applications of seminal evolution concepts. This colors verbiage across the sciences, especially the social sciences. To wit, the term 'racism' is in fact based on a dehumanizing paradigm. So, um, how does this shake out elsewhere? [more inside]
Hello, I'm having some difficulty getting a conclusive answer to the question of which is more "proper" grammatically and in academia. When referring to "blacks" and "whites" in society, I used to write them without quotes until a professor corrected me. However, when I use quotes now, some people disagree. Could you all help me find the correct usage? Professors explanation inside... [more inside]
I am of one race/ethnicity; my partner is of another. No kids. How will adopting a child from a third background impact him/her? [more inside]
Does anyone know the origin of why, in California schools, the state has a a separate ethnic classification of "Filipino" yet major ethnicities like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are lumped into an "Asian" subgroup? [more inside]
Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it? I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background? [more inside]
Swedish MetalFilter: Does anyone know the ethnic origins of Alex Hellid of Entombed? I don't know much about Sweden, but he doesn't look like an ethnic Swede to me, and I've always wondered if he's a child of immigrants.
How can one effectively participate in American politics (beyond the basics of voting and monetary donation) without subscribing to an organized religion? [more inside]
Why, when collecting anonymous monitoring data, do institutions ask for ethnicity, and not other cultural and social indicators? [more inside]
I'm trying to find some rather specific demographic information about Asian-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s and I'm not having much luck. Perhaps you could offer some assistance? [more inside]
Is it legal for employers (specifically schools and government employees) to require race and ethnicity to be reported? It was my understanding that providing such information was always voluntary, but a friend who works for a high school just told me he was required to provide the information, and that if he didn't self report it, the school was required to report it based on what other employees thought. Is that legal? When did it become legal to require information that was previously required to be voluntary only?
How, as a blondiepants white girl, can I successfully participate in discussions about Black hair? [more inside]
A few months ago I read about French-Canadian immigration into the U.S. from the 1840s to 1930s. Evidently, some of these immigrants established "Little Canadas." I'd like to learn more about them. [more inside]
Help me, MeFi geneticists! Commercial genealogy testing - all it seems? [more inside]
What are the most appropriate terms for referring to couples of mixed race/ethnicity? Multicultural? Mixed Race? Bicultural? Multiethnic? [more inside]
I am interested in who/what/where of people with money that act with class. [more inside]
FamilyHistoryFilter: In Tito's Yugoslavia, in the latter half of the 1940's, what nationalities would two people have to have been to be denied permission to marry, and why? [more inside]
Seeking advice and shared experiences from other people who are not attracted to people from their same racial/ethnic/national identity. [more inside]
Why do middle eastern people get lumped into the "white" category when asked to declare their ethnicity? [more inside]
Please help me understand the ethnic/racial origin of the Japanese. [more inside]
Is there any website that shows the physical differences between the faces of people from different ethnicities? [more inside]
I'm a straight, white, upper middle class male. I'm aware that this automatically means I generally have an easier time than people with a different sexuality/race/class/gender. That said, I'm probably unaware of what these benefits are. What does this 'privileged' status do for me that I don't even notice? [more inside]
WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
I know that there was quite a bit of immigration from China in the late 1800s. My question is, have the descendants of those immigrants ethnically assimilated into the rest of 'white' America, or have they retained their ethnic identity throughout the 20th century to today? Most Chinese-Americans that I have met are more recent immigrants, so I have no idea.
I'm constantly told I don't "look like" my ethnicity...do I? [more inside]
Who are some iconic actors portraying races/ethnicities different from their actual heritage? [more inside]
Would to non-asians be comfortable in Chinatown? [more inside]
Does anybody know where (be it on the net or a certain book) I can get the (self-reported?) ethnic demographics of Brazil for every state? Wikipedia has this data for several states, but not all of them.
MoralityFilter: Can I apply as a minority with out looking like an ass? [more inside]
More American urban sociology: I live in a city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. How come the only people I ever see begging for spare change are either white or black? Why do I never see asians or hispanics begging? Is this a real cultural phenomenon, or am I just making false conclusions based on a too-small sample size? [more inside]
Say that interethnic breeding has created a homogenous-looking mixed-race human species in the far-flung future. What kind of effect would this have on biodiversity? [more inside]
I've noticed many hispanic youths in my neighborhood making use of their cellphone's "walkie talkie" feature. I have seen only a handful blacks doing this, and no whites or asians. Also, I've noticed several whites using their cellphones in a "hands free" fashion, employing some sort of earpiece/microphone. However, I have seen no blacks, asians, or hispanics doing this. So my question - are these real trends, or false conclusions based on my limited experience?
why do different races/ethnicities sometimes have different timbres to their voices? [more inside]
1. Are there maps anywhere that show the geographical distribution of ethnicities and religions accross different regions? 2. Or, does a program exist where I could plug in preference for different feilds (example: religion, climate, geography) and it would spit out the closest region to such specifications? [more inside]
EvolutionFilter: Regarding the out-of-africa theory and skin color. [mi] [more inside]
When applying for college admission, are native Hawaiians considered native Americans?
obscure ethnicity needed............. [more inside]