Friday, April 23, 2010

Asian or Not

Let's play a little game. It's called Asian or Not*. See if you can figure out if the below folks are Asian or not.

1. Asian or Not: Vanessa Hudgens (actress and singer)

2. Asian or Not: Rob Schneider (Actor)


3. Asian or Not: Ronde and Tiki Barber (twin football players)


4. Asian or Not: Tyson Beckford (model and TV personality)


5. Asian or Not: Hines Ward (football player)


6. Asian or Not: Joseph Gordon Levitt (actor)


7. Asian or Not: Kelis (singer)


8. Asian or Not: Kim Kardashian (model and actress)


9. Asian or Not: Jennifer Tilly (actress and poker player)


10. Asian or Not: Summer Glau (actress)


Answers
1. Vanessa Hudgens: This "High School Musical" star is indeed Asian. Of Irish and Native American heritage, the lovely Hudgens' mother is from the Philippines (she's Chinese-Filipino).

2. Rob Schneider: Yes, Deuce Bigalow is one-quarter Asian. His grandmother is Filipina.

3. Ronde and Tiki Barber: While the brothers have a little look of Asian, there's no information on hand to support the theory that they are of Asian descent.

4. Tyson Beckford: Even if he wasn't Asian, we'd still like to claim him. But indeed, Beckford has Asian blood in him, with ancestors being of the Chinese-Jamaican variety.

5. Hines Ward: Ward is what we like to call Blackinese. His mother is Korean and father is African-American.

6. Joseph Gordon Levitt: Sadly, this "(500) Days of Summer" star is not Asian. Or, as my co-worker says, "If he's not Asian, he's probably Filipino or something."

7. Kelis: Her milkshake does come from the Asian yard. Her mother is of Chinese-Puerto Rican descent.

8. Kim Kardashian: Nope, this gal is of Armenian descent.

9. Jennifer Tilly: She's one-quarter Asian.

10. Summer Glau: There's no confirmation that this well-named actress is Asian.

Thanks for playing. Stay tuned for more chances to play!

* This post is totally meant to be playful and whimsical. Please note that being offensive is the last thing I'm looking to do. My sincerest apologies is I did not achieve that goal.

14 comments:

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    1. In the Caribbean, we use the term "Chingo"

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    2. That's not a JAMAICAN term though..

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  2. Me too, Wesley. Blackinese are the best. By the way, some people say Joseph Gordon Levitt (#6) looks like Josh. I'm not sure if I agree...

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  3. Joseph Gordon Levitt is Jewish, seriously, takes 10 seconds on Google.

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    1. Jewish is a religious or a tribal designation. Since only the maternal bloodline is essential to be Jewish, almost any ethnicity mix can be "Jewish"

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  4. Ronde and Tiki Barber don't even remotely look Asian.. also to us Asians, having a little Asian in your blood-line does NOT make you Asian. That's like saying Kristine Kreuk who has a mother of Jamaican-Chinese decent, is Asian..She hasn't a single Asian feature and would never in a million years pass for Asian. Domestic dogs are descendants of wolves.. but guess what, that doesn't make them wolves.. and being a descendant of an Asian doesn't make you Asian. No, I'm not saying people are dogs.. so don't go there.

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    1. 1/4 Asian, maybe not. But I'm half Chinese and absolutely consider myself Asian. My dad is a mix of so many European cultures that I can't associate with any of them so I've grown up as an American Born Chinese. I look Asian according to Asians and myself and I celebrate Chinese culture and its holidays. I'm pretty sure I'm Asian.

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    2. "Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] Her father, Peter Kreuk, is of Dutch descent; her mother, Deanna Che, is of Chinese descent, but was born in Indonesia; and her maternal grandmother was born in Jamaica." take 2 seconds to figure it out. kristine kreuk is half "asian".

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  5. Anon, why are you calling people dogs? They don't look like dogs. That's just wrong calling people dogs. So your calling yourself a dog? Oh shit I went there. hahaha.

    Eh, I 100% don't look asian, pass for italian or mexican, i'm 1/2 asian.

    Anyway, this is a dumb game, you want to be mindfucked, look up asian's with blue eyes, muhahaha, doesn't have to be a direct descendant yeah let's go there.

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  6. I actually looked up Kristin Kreuk's ethnicity because I thought she looked like she had some Asian in her.

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  7. Armenia is in Asia. She is not East Asian, but she is definitely part West Asian :D

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  8. "If he's not Asian, he's probably Filipino or something." -> Why even bother to shove this in here if the first 2 celebrities you posted are Filipinos and classified as Asians.

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  9. Technically, blackinese isn't correct because he's half Korean. Blackinese refers to either half Japanese or half Chinese. Blasian would be the correct term; it's just half Asian in general because I'm pretty sure there isn't a term for half Korean, half African-American.

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