So, I am sending off the application for Arun’s certified birth certificate - I was given something from the hospital and that is what I have been using while traveling, but I need something state official-esque for his passport. As I was filling out the application, I came to a blank labeled “Race”. Frankly, I was dumbfounded. Sure, I love to make Snide Asides about my little half-breed demi-desi, but in reality, I don’t think of him as Either/Or. While my finger itched to list him as ”Asian" for future scholarship possibilities, or ”bug-eyed freak” as a joke, or hell, even ”Hybrid” in light of our pending Energy Crisis, that just seemed Wrong.
But, is he White? Is he Asian? Is he Eurasian? Why does it even matter? I wasn’t sure what to write, so in the end, I scribbled ”Human”.
The New Age of Identity Theft