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    Default What is your ethnicity?

    Me?
    Japanese. But, more accurately, Okinawan.
    Born and raised here, of course, soooooo.....local?

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    Local works for me, although I'm a dysfunctional local... despite being locally born and raised and attending public schools, I have no pidgin ability, and no fondness for haupia or mochi.

    For census and survey forms, I go for Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (my grandmother was half Hawaiian) if available, otherwise the catch-all Asian (as I'm mostly Japanese, with a dash of Chinese and Filipino).

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    Korean-English-German, but adopted and raised by local Okinawan parents. In other words, your typical Hawaiian chop suey. On survey forms, I'll put "Asian" or "other", depending on my mood that day. When pressed, as a kid I used to say "Japanese" but these days I usually choose "Korean".

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    Dutch-English for me, so even though I'm approaching the 15-year mark as a resident of Oahu, I know I'll never be a "local".

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    Well what can I say..... I am mostly Filipino and Hawaiian but also got Portuguese, Chinese, japanese, european and tahitian. I usually go for pacific islander/ asian but when offered I prefer other or more than one of the choices they present. Why do they need to know when most people in Hawaii or from Hawaii tend to have more then 3 ethnic back grounds?

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    The ethnicity I identify most with is Hawaiian/Pacific Islander although I'm also Japanese and German. Since I was raised with my mom's family, I didn't learn any traditional Japanese customs which would've served me well now that I live in Japan.

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    I am Black,White, and a bit of Filipino. Born in New Jersey.
    This is my Home. If I had to idenify with an ethinicity it would definitely be local.


    -vic





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    Me...I'm part Filipino, Chinese but mostly Japanese. Most importantly I'm Hawaiian at heart. As far as who I identify with... I say Hawaiian. Love the culture, the language, the people and of course the food!

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    Gee, with a name like Miyashiro, what do you think? Uchinanchu to the core!
    (That's Okinawan, for those who don't know. )

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    Japanese...although married to Chinese. We serve more Japanese dishes at home, one of my sons insisted he was only Japanese when he was younger...funny You post wonderful pictures Vic...neato! It's harder for me to write pidgin English...although I think I can speak it pretty good, when I speak to my kids in pidgin they can't always understand it!

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    This has nothing to do with ethnicity but I'm curious to know what gas prices are in Japan where Leimamo is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    Gee, with a name like Miyashiro, what do you think? Uchinanchu to the core!
    (That's Okinawan, for those who don't know. )

    Me too. Well, maybe not too the core since I also have Japanese and Irish mixed in with the Okinawan, but I am a Miyashiro. And, hey, I even have a cousin named Glenn.

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    Like Glenn Miyashiro, I am 100% Uchinanchu (Okinawan) -- which makes it easy to identify with a single ethnicity.

    However, I had a bit of ethnic confusion as a child with people referring to me as "Japanese" although my family was quick to educate me that "Okinawan" is different from "Japanese."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna
    ...I had a bit of ethnic confusion as a child with people referring to me as "Japanese" although my family was quick to educate me that "Okinawan" is different from "Japanese."
    Yeah, wassup wit dat?
    My parents didn't really explain it to me until I was like, in early high school.
    I remember feeling totally confused. Like telling me I was adopted or somethin'.

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    And me........I'm 1/2 Pocho and 1/2 white with little bit American Indian mixed w/ the white. No real Hawaiian blood but born and raised Hawaiian. I love everything about Hawaii. My sons are even part Hawaiian.

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    I'm pseudo-Japanese! My ethnic background is Japanese but I don't speak the language or eat the food (I really mean, seafood). I'm fully "Americanized", bugers and fries, steaks and the like. And I seem more goth white than pale asian. And I don't think I qualify to be local since although I have the pidgin (slightly, not super pronounced), I don't know my way around the island and I love the beach and sun as much as a hobbit is tall.

    -added-
    Oh yeah, and I'm too lazy to say I'm half Japanese and half Okinawan. I mean come on, all you gotta do is look at the body hair and you know I've got some Okinawan blood in me.
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    Firss would be "local to da max", but nomo dat kine ona census form. Guess foah me, den, mostly Pocho... but wit some Native American an all mix up da ress. Hahd foah ansah wen get so many kine. Should have one box foah check day says, "all hamajang kine koko"!

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    I am 100% Japanese originally from Japan. Born and raised in Japan and went to school up there. My husband is from here and is chop suey. So I enjoy Hawaiian tradition and ohana. I like both Japanese traditional food such as Natto (some of you guys may hate it because of its smell !), miso soup, tohu and Hawaiian food and other local style food here. We eat a lot of Korean food because my husband is Korean-mixed. It's nice meeting you guys !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokihana
    Firss would be "local to da max", but nomo dat kine ona census form. Guess foah me, den, mostly Pocho... but wit some Native American an all mix up da ress. Hahd foah ansah wen get so many kine. Should have one box foah check day says, "all hamajang kine koko"!
    Brah. You stay in Oregon and you can still talk (er, write) the lingo, eh. Too good!
    I can imagine that you going make Boring not boring anymore as you going teach the locals your pidgin to da max!

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    I'm Indian, though I'm often mistaken for other ethnicities...Mexican, Hawaiian, Greek, Iranian to name a few...


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    Quote Originally Posted by kukui_nut
    Brah. You stay in Oregon and you can still talk (er, write) the lingo, eh. Too good!
    I can imagine that you going make Boring not boring anymore as you going teach the locals your pidgin to da max!
    Eh! I stay wahine!

    Jass cuz I stay da mainland now, my firss language stick to me like glue. Talk um, rite um, same kine ting. Can take me from da `âina, but no can take da `âina from me. Jass axe Izzie dem.
    Aloha,
    Mokihana

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    On my mother's side I'm German-Polish and on my father's, Hawaiian-Caucasian. I consider myself German and Hawaiian, and will specify either that or part-Hawaiian on census forms.

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    I often get asked what race I am.

    I often reply: "Human. How about you?"

    The question gets rephrased:
    "What ethnic are you?"

    I reply: "I am very much committed
    to good ethics. I feel strong about
    karma and how good stuff always
    comes back....honesty is always
    a good thing...ask Enron's Kenneth Lay!"

    By this time their eyes are glazed
    over and once again made a question
    of one's ethnicity as valid as asking
    "How regular are you?"
    or
    "Does your butt ever get really itchy?"

    I live in a predominately white neighborhood
    and at the local market get questioning
    looks: "Now Tiffanny, I wonder is he black,
    is he white, is he mullatto, is he creole..what
    the hell is he...let's ask.."

    At which time...my answer is:
    "Human. How about you?"

    For the census takers or applications
    that give you instructions to fill in
    the little circle ...it's Pacific Islander
    or "Other".

    I am still waiting for
    Kanaka Maole
    as an option.

    I won't hold my breath.
    "I was going call 911 ...but I neva know da numbah"

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    Well, that's a very good question....
    atleast I don't feel to bad...
    since some of you are part filipino, also.
    I am: swiss,filipino,spanish.
    But....
    I am still waiting for someone in my
    family tree to tell me that....
    somewhere along the lines of...
    that I am part Chinese, to.
    One of my aunties, she lives in tha mainland,
    boy, she needs some major tan...lol.
    Actually, she is very sensitive to the sun,
    though she looks like she's part chinese herself.
    When people listen to me speak....
    They can't seem to pinpoint my nationality.
    so, they ask me,instead.
    My age on the other hand....
    that's a different story.
    When I am asked..
    I just make people guess first, just for fun.
    My hubby...
    Now, I can't even begin to tell you about him...
    He is "local", but with sooo much nationality,
    & so many "ish & i-ses, etc"...LOL.
    That' from the tip of his hair
    & down to the end of his toe nail. LOL.
    All I can say about that is...
    No ask me, jus' ask him, k?.

    Aloha & take Care.
    Aches & Pains
    (through out our lives) knows no time!!.

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    hmmmm...def.hawaiian..my dad is actually 1/2 hawaiian &1/2 filipinno(never spell it right)he says chinese too.but doing genealogy on line all i find are the 1st two.my grandma luka's aunty married into chinese family..my mom tho is german & cherokee indian..but me?? 5'2 and a half.approx.180lbs..(fluffy)and the traditional hawaiian hair to my waist that's my pride & joy!!(after my son of course!!)my mom took us back to hawaii in 81(9th grade)..can u imagine??lookin exactly like everyone else in school,so when teacher had me stand up & introduce myself??course i said "aloha ya'll!" everyone died laughin..they said i talked juss like gomer pyle!!..but growin up here people called us the "N" word.can't stand it!!!thank goodness times have finally changed..my mom couldn't even marry my dad in the local court house('63)..they told her it wasn't right for her to marry a man who wasn't white..so they hopped on over to the next county..an eensy eensy town &were married there..my 1st response tho to "where r u from?" i always say"my mama!!"...........much peace guys...

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