Yes, I know you are all thinking what in the actual fuck, because I am and I am saying and thinking HELL NO – this white boy can’t claim to be any part “Filipino” unless he has some Filipino heritage/origins in him. Yah another Rachel Dolezal

There is no harm in appreciating a culture and in this case Filipino culture, learn about it, write about it (without overstepping the lines), and visit the country and immerse yourself in the culture – but to claim you identify as Filipino or any other racial ethnicity all because you have a deep love for the country is just not on. And No using the “transracial” argument won’t give you any additional concessions.

Anyways, this white born dude who calls himself “JA DU” – he was born with the name “ADAM”, sat down with media outlet WTSP and discussed that he feels Filipino and therefore identifies as such using the argument of being transracial:

“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,”
“I’d watch the history channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigues me more but things about Filipino culture.”

Oh and apparently he is soooo passionate about being Filipino, that he hasn’t come out to his family yet thinking they would be going WTF…He tells WTSP that he doesn’t intend to appropriate Filipino culture:

“I believe people will (take advantage) just like other people have taken advantage of their identity to get their way, but the difference between me and them Garin (Flowers, WTSP reporter) is that I don’t want that. I think that we all have the freedoms to pursue happiness in our own ways,”

Psychologist Stacey Scheckner weighed into this discussion and was also interviewed by WTSP in talking about this issue of people adopting another culture or religion to identify who they are as a person:

“If someone feels that they feel at home with a certain religion, a certain race, a certain culture, I think that if that’s who they really feel inside life is about finding out who you are. The more knowledge you have of yourself, the happier you can be,”
“And, as long as it’s not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don’t see a problem with that.”
“If that’s who they are and they want to celebrate it and enjoy it, then you have to think what harm is it doing? All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it,” 

Okay, I will add my 2 cents worth to this now. I can’t fathom this “transracial” argument to use as validation of hijacking another culture or race as your own if you have no actual linkages and connections to it. Having a deep love and connection to a culture or religion, is fine, go for your life, but please out of respect of the people who actually belong to the race or religion don’t take it from them. In this case, I can’t pity “Ja Du”, because he really has no right to claim he is Filipino. If I as said one day that I identify as “white” because I was born and raised in the West ( I really am), and I adopt every practice white people do, and used this transracial argument, you think people would take me seriously? You think white people would accept it? Yah, they would accept us assimilating etc, but to publicly say we identify as white – I highly doubt it…. But on a serious note I would never do such a thing….

Anyways, let us know what you think…

Images via NY Daily News

To read the full article, please click on: White-born man claims he’s ‘transracial,’ identifies as Filipino