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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby KylieHJensen » 07 Aug 2010, 18:21

bababa wrote:
KylieHJensen wrote:Nobody would think you two are half Taiwanese. Does it freak people out when you start speaking perfect Mandarin? Or even Taiwanese?
Maybe the only hint would be slightly around the eyes, the nose, and slightly darker skin? Even that much is being pretty picky. Do you have a photo of you with a cousin on your dad's side?
I hope you don't think we're being racist for our interest, but it is interesting, speculating about recessive genes and all that.
I knew two (unrelated) kids in a grade one class. Both had one Chinese parent and one white parent. One child looked completely Chinese; the other had beautiful blond curls and looked completely white.


No a problem. Below is a photo of my cousin (on the left), her friend, and me (in the center) a couple of years ago. She is 100% Norwegian and looks every bit of it. I think this photo is a good distinction between 100% Norway, 50/50 Nor-Tai, and American mutt (don't know much about her.)
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Here is a picture of my dad and I, though you can't tell because he lost all his hair long ago :)
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Does it freak people out in Taiwan when I talk Taiwanese or Mandarin to them? Yes, but they get over it fairly quick and actually like the fact I can communicate with them. I believe the whole shocking ordeal will go away in the next 10 years since there are a steady increasing of Foreigners coming into Taiwan each year.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby tomthorne » 07 Aug 2010, 18:41

I have to admit that I can't get my head round this, Kylie. You have a Taiwanese mom and you look like that! Just incredible.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby bismarck » 07 Aug 2010, 18:48

KylieHJensen wrote:Here is a picture of my dad and I, though you can't tell because he lost all his hair long ago :)
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Does it freak people out in Taiwan when I talk Taiwanese or Mandarin to them? Yes, but they get over it fairly quick and actually like the fact I can communicate with them. I believe the whole shocking ordeal will go away in the next 10 years since there are a steady increasing of Foreigners coming into Taiwan each year.

Definitely the same smile (mouth area).
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby tommy525 » 07 Aug 2010, 22:46

tomthorne wrote:I have to admit that I can't get my head round this, Kylie. You have a Taiwanese mom and you look like that! Just incredible.


translation: YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE !! But yeah, not a hint of Taiwanese.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby JohnH » 08 Aug 2010, 05:03

KylieHJensen wrote:Below is a photo of my cousin (on the left), her friend, and me (in the center) a couple of years ago. She is 100% Norwegian and looks every bit of it. I think this photo is a good distinction between 100% Norway, 50/50 Nor-Tai, and American mutt (don't know much about her.)


You don't look Eurasian at all, I would most certainly mistaken you as a full blooded American/European on the street. Having spent elementary years in Taiwan and now fully assimilated in American culture with very white features, I can understand why you don't fit in with either team banana or the egg team.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby headhonchoII » 08 Aug 2010, 15:48

Eh..I'm going to come right out and say it but you weren't adopted right? Couldn't have been the first person to think that....not only that but your sister doesn't look at all Asian either!
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby bob » 08 Aug 2010, 15:54

I'll chirp in agin with a bit of an etymological aside. The Chinese for "gene" is "ji1ying1." Ji1 = basic and ying1 = factor. I just discovered that one today. That's one of the transliterations that actually makes sense. What is happening is a mixing of basic factors. And that is a good thing genetically. Aside from cultural differences, the influence of media (pornography in particular I image) the reason different races are so attracted to each other is because it is hard wired into the genes to seek diversification of the gene pool. That is quite likely what is actually happening. Along with it, unfortunately, there is a lot of cultural baggage. I've never heard from or spoken to a mixed race kid who didn't struggle with it on some level. That is a reality stemming from the fact that there is a mixing going on that extends way beyond the genetic. It's a mixing of cultures, cultures that often don't mix well at all. Of course it is confusing to a young person. This is happening at a momentous time in history too. As Han culture becomes more powerful young people may choose to identify more with the han side of their ancestory. Anyway, there's my bit. I find the whole thing absolutely fascinating.

Oh, still waiting for word from Mr He on whether the blue eyed people from his wife's family were the product of Taiwanese parents or a combination of Taiwanese/European.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby Jack Burton » 08 Aug 2010, 15:57

it'd be interesting to see what your eyes look like san makeup.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby bob » 08 Aug 2010, 16:03

About the same actually but smaller.
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Re: From the East to the West within the eye of an Eurasian

Postby headhonchoII » 08 Aug 2010, 16:16

bob wrote:I'll chirp in agin with a bit of an etymological aside. The Chinese for "gene" is "ji1ying1." Ji1 = basic and ying1 = factor. I just discovered that one today. That's one of the transliterations that actually makes sense. What is happening is a mixing of basic factors. And that is a good thing genetically. Aside from cultural differences, the influence of media (pornography in particular I image) the reason different races are so attracted to each other is because it is hard wired into the genes to seek diversification of the gene pool. That is quite likely what is actually happening. Along with it, unfortunately, there is a lot of cultural baggage. I've never heard from or spoken to a mixed race kid who didn't struggle with it on some level. That is a reality stemming from the fact that there is a mixing going on that extends way beyond the genetic. It's a mixing of cultures, cultures that often don't mix well at all. Of course it is confusing to a young person. This is happening at a momentous time in history too. As Han culture becomes more powerful young people may choose to identify more with the han side of their ancestory. Anyway, there's my bit. I find the whole thing absolutely fascinating.

Oh, still waiting for word from Mr He on whether the blue eyed people from his wife's family were the product of Taiwanese parents or a combination of Taiwanese/European.



No way to know that, no reliable historical records in Taiwan. Also many kids would be swapped between families and relations and sold off hundreds of years ago.
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