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Discussion Board Forum #10 – Ch 8

Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity as Lived Experience: Difference between Race and Ethnicity

What is the difference between race and ethnicity? What is your race/ethnicity? Do any of you have a multiracial identity? Do people ever ask, what are you, meaning they cannot figure out your race/ethnicity?

Tiger Woods is a good example of having a multiracial identity. As a child, he was tired of people identifying him as only black or only Asian. He wanted to include all sides of his family heritage in identifying himself, so he came up with a name to encompass all that he is: CABLINASIAN(Caucasian, Black, Indian, Asian).

I’m sure many of you can come up with a clever name for yourselves to include all of your roots. For example, Blaxican (Black + Mexican), or Mexinese (Mexican + Chinese).


-use your own word please and DO NOT COPY ANYTHING ON LINE! I will be turn in this home work in turn it in! Please Use easy grammar and must use your word to answer all these questions.

-must be complete by complete sentences (at least Approximately 250-word POST or REPLY that appropriately addresses the topic. )around 6-7 sentences.

-if you need books to answer the questions I will sensed to you.

-use easy grammar and easy to understand! Please!!!!!

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1.Race is defined as differences in biology between groups that is created by social perception. Ethnicity is also socially defined but is constructed by language and other cultural factors. Race is based on categories associated with physical appearance and ethnicity is centered more on the differences in cultural traits. Both are commonly used to group individuals, one by how they look (skin, hair, eye color, etc.), and the other by how culture has shaped them, but are not always identified correctly by society.

According to the last U.S. Census I filled out my race is White and my ethnicity is Mexican, but my roots trace back to Italy, Mexico, the U.S., and an unknown area of South America. Since I have light brown hair, hazel eyes, and light skin, I constantly get asked what my ethnicity is or where I am from. People confuse me with the wrong race/ethnicity all the time. After so many years of social interactions with people over race/ethnicity, I can confidently say that most Caucasians I spoke to typically had no idea where I was from and all other races usually thought I was Caucasian, including my own.

I do not identify myself by a certain race or ethnicity per se, I feel that we have lineages that have traveled from countless locations, but using one word to translate them is much easier for me when answering someone’s question of “what are you?”. I typically answer with “Hispanic”, since it is interchangeable to most people and does not require me to explain all the different cultures in my background.

Although race and ethnicity do have some differences, it is possible that one day the two words might join together to form one, since more and more interracial people are being created from cultural mixes.

2.Race refers to the person’s physical features, such as their skin color, facial structure, hair type, things of that such. While on the other hand, ethnicity is determined by culture. Such as the language or customs performed in that culture. My mother is white and my father is Filipino, making a me a direct 50/50 split in my race. I see both features of my white side and Filipino side displayed by my characteristics. People ALWAYS used to think that I was Mexican. It’s not until lately that people ask if I’m mixed or some sort of Asian, but in my past I always got Mexican. And people would always make fun of me for having big lips, which comes from the Filipino side of the family. Usually people can never figure out exactly what I am. It’s not hard for me to figure out when someone is Filipino, for I can see it in their features or the way that they speak.

However my ethnicity, I would say I am a white dude. I have some culture in me, but I was born in southern California and have become apart of the culture here. I still get in touch with my Filipino side and have visited the Philippines, but deep down inside I am a SoCal kid. I apart of the surfing culture, I call everyone “dude,” I feel I may be seen as sort of a stereotypical southern California kid. But it’s still important for me to connect with my Filipino side and see where my other half of the family came from .

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