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Looking for cultures out of place in America

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?
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 45 answers

Visually categorizing people by race/ethnicity and body shape?

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]
posted by Jacqueline on Jul 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Multiracial fairy tales?

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.
posted by jammy on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

How and when should I tell my son of his namesake's racist nickname?

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]
posted by wobumingbai on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

A race by any other slur

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]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Grammar Filter: [He is a "black" man] or [He is a black man]

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]
posted by Knigel on Mar 10, 2013 - 54 answers

How Can Living in a Multiracial Household Affect an Adopted Child

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Filipino != Asian in California?

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]
posted by jaimev on Oct 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Third world woman needs consciousness raised

Enlighten me on current state of the art thinking, discourse and vocabulary around gender politics please. Terminally unique details inside. [more inside]
posted by infini on Aug 22, 2012 - 31 answers

Help with self-identification

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]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background?

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Mar 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there swarthy Swedes?

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.
posted by ignignokt on Jul 10, 2011 - 4 answers

The religion problem.

How can one effectively participate in American politics (beyond the basics of voting and monetary donation) without subscribing to an organized religion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 12 answers

We're all the same underneath anyway...

Why, when collecting anonymous monitoring data, do institutions ask for ethnicity, and not other cultural and social indicators? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jun 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Asian Americans in Education

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]
posted by chara on Mar 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Legal to require race/ethnicity information of employees?

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?
posted by tonyx3 on Jan 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Lock it up

How, as a blondiepants white girl, can I successfully participate in discussions about Black hair? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 21, 2010 - 40 answers

Let's go to Little Canada!

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]
posted by Korou on Aug 31, 2009 - 17 answers

How much science in genealogical DNA tests?

Help me, MeFi geneticists! Commercial genealogy testing - all it seems? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Aug 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Terms for mixed race couples?

What are the most appropriate terms for referring to couples of mixed race/ethnicity? Multicultural? Mixed Race? Bicultural? Multiethnic? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jun 8, 2009 - 42 answers

You can go to school, but you can't buy class

I am interested in who/what/where of people with money that act with class. [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns on May 30, 2009 - 26 answers

Why couldn't my dad get married in 1940's Yugoslavia?

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]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on May 11, 2009 - 9 answers

More than just attracted to difference?

Seeking advice and shared experiences from other people who are not attracted to people from their same racial/ethnic/national identity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 - 23 answers

Why are middle eastern people categorized as "white"?

Why do middle eastern people get lumped into the "white" category when asked to declare their ethnicity? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Jan 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Please help me understand the ethnic/racial origin of the Japanese.

Please help me understand the ethnic/racial origin of the Japanese. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Dec 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Distinguish between ethnicities

Is there any website that shows the physical differences between the faces of people from different ethnicities? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Jun 8, 2008 - 24 answers

What else is in this invisible backpack?

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]
posted by twirlypen on May 29, 2008 - 80 answers

This is a very specific, and probably dumb quesiton, about John Bell

WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Chinese ethnicity and assimilation?

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.
posted by geekhorde on Jul 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Where do my curls come from?

I'm constantly told I don't "look like" my ethnicity...do I? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Sep 7, 2006 - 59 answers

The lady in the tutti frutti hat

Who are some iconic actors portraying races/ethnicities different from their actual heritage? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas on Aug 28, 2006 - 90 answers

Chinatown - would we fit?

Would to non-asians be comfortable in Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by fr0zen on Aug 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Demographic Data for Brazil

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.
posted by fucker on Jul 5, 2006 - 2 answers

Is it wrong to use my ethnicity to get a job?

MoralityFilter: Can I apply as a minority with out looking like an ass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2006 - 25 answers

Culture and begging in America - is there a connection?

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]
posted by kenoshakid on Apr 21, 2006 - 13 answers

The Soledad O'Brien Effect

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]
posted by chrominance on Apr 14, 2006 - 22 answers

Ethnicity and cellphone use

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?
posted by kenoshakid on Mar 13, 2006 - 24 answers

voices of colors?

why do different races/ethnicities sometimes have different timbres to their voices? [more inside]
posted by lord_wolf on Feb 22, 2006 - 41 answers

Ethnic maps?

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]
posted by scazza on Mar 15, 2005 - 4 answers

Out of Africa

EvolutionFilter: Regarding the out-of-africa theory and skin color. [mi] [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Dec 8, 2004 - 16 answers

Are native Hawaiians Native Americans?

When applying for college admission, are native Hawaiians considered native Americans?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Dec 1, 2004 - 24 answers

What Ethnicity Can I Pass As?

obscure ethnicity needed............. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Jul 21, 2004 - 25 answers

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