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White man identifies as 'transracial' Filipino

14 November 2017

The Tampa man who changed his name from Adam to Ja Du says being around Filipino culture makes him feel like he is in his own skin.

Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.

'I'd watch the history channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture'.

"Whenever I'm around the music, around the food, I feel like I'm in my own skin", he told the station. For them, it's insulting and speaks to a history of white people taking whatever they want, whenever they want, for their own purposes.

That brings up another major change with Ja Du.

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A man who was born white is now claiming he is actually "transracial" and Filipino.

Ja Du hasn't told his family yet because he believes they will laugh at the notion of changing your ethnicity.

Ja has asked that his decision be respected and revealed his fears that people within his community may discriminate against him. He now identifies as transracial.

Reiterated the transracial, '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?

But for the people hating on Ja Du, things have also gotten complicated.

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Turns out Ja Du is transracial, WTSP reported. The term once referred only to someone (or a couple) of a one race adopting a child of another, but now it's becoming associated with someone born of one race who identifies with another. Trans activists and allies alike have since stormed Twitter, explaining the difference. Or any race other than the one your were born into?

Meanwhile, there's no psychological basis for one's culture and race. But Dolezal and her defenders say that racial identity is a social construct not based on biology or ancestry.

In other words, race is literally skin-deep, and society's treatment toward people of color through both racism and colorism results in oppression (and impacts people of color's cultures as a result). Even if it means now driving a purple vehicle....while not necessarily having to live through the racism, discrimination, a typical Filipino individual or any other minority has had to weather all their life. They'll always be outsiders looking in, believing they are free to grab and appropriate how they see fit. But when it comes to his race, there's not much Ja Du can change in the end.

So no, Ja Du isn't Filipino.

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White man identifies as 'transracial' Filipino