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White 'Transracial' Man Identifies as Filipino

13 Novembre 2017

Du drives a Tuk Tuk, an Asian vehicle used for public transportation, and feels more himself when he's engaged in Filipino culture.

Now, more people have been identifying as transracial, including white turned Filipino man, Ja Du.

'Whenever I'm around the music, around the food, I feel like I'm in my own skin, ' he said to WTSP.

Ja Du said he has yet to tell his family about considering himself Filipino; he believes they will laugh at the idea of someone changing their ethnicity.

"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".

Ja Du has yet to come out to his family as transracial.

Ja Du is not the first to come out as transracial. Rachel Dolezal was born white but saw herself as black and led her life as a black woman.

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Ja Du said he isn't identifying as Filipino for any reason other than it being how he identifies in his heart.

Dolezal's appearance on "Dr. Phil" brought the term "transracial" to a wider audience, and now WTSP reports they have found a growing community of such people that have connected on Facebook. She was even the president of a chapter of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington. "All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it".

"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?"

Your race can make you more marketable and in some cases eligible for certain benefits, jobs and scholarships.

Ja Du told WTSP it's not his intention to appropriate anyone's culture or take advantage of things that may be offered to people of specific nationalities or races.

"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".

White 'Transracial' Man Identifies as Filipino