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Old 08-29-2007, 06:29 AM   #31
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:20 AM   #32
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which races are there, anyway?

i learned from tv shows that mine is called caucasian (white skin)??
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:51 AM   #33
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^depends very much on definition of 'race' - a very varying thing, mayhap crap altogether
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:27 AM   #34
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well, let's try the american model-- the one you have to put on your visa waiver if want to enter the USA:

caucasian
african american
asian
hispanic

is that it?
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:30 AM   #35
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Inuit (is that a race...or are they lumped in with American Indian???)
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #36
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^ so theres at least 6 races, 7 if you count inuit (you're not sure of it)

so what happens if you are from spain, does that make you hispanic, or caucasian?

and where do the people from the middle east fit in?
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:43 AM   #37
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^^^ Stumbled also over the US model, which confused me a lot. Hispanics, i.e. people origining south from the Rio grande can be white, native American, black or varying mixes. Also 'Asian' is strange, it applied to Mid Easterners too as I understood, but many Arabs, Persians etc. look more like Caucasian I'd say, like people from Italy, Greece, Spain - Mediterranean. And likewise Indians and Pakistanis are thrown in one pot with Chinese, Japanese.

This scheme here seemed a bit more logical:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ining_Tree.svg
(This is a genetic distance map)

What do you think?

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Old 08-29-2007, 11:53 AM   #38
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Race/Ethnicity
White(not of Hispanic origin)___
Black (not of Hispanic origin)___
Asian/Pacific Islander ___
Native American/Inuit(Eskimo) ____
Hispanic ___
Other(specify)___

pretty much the standard form on u.s. documents
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:13 PM   #39
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Race/Ethnicity
White(not of Hispanic origin)___
Black (not of Hispanic origin)___
Asian/Pacific Islander ___
Native American/Inuit(Eskimo) ____
Hispanic ___
Other(specify)___

quite honestly, I always check 'other' and specify__Earthling
this is actually a pet-peeve of mine, for humans need to realize that there is only one true race on this planet. If a mating can produce an offspring, it is the same species. If it ain't the same species, its a jackass(mule). 'nough said
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:20 PM   #40
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stephi, according to your thingy i would be.. english

and people from spain would be italian

and people from the middle east would be iranian?


but now the north africans don't fit in!
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in a one word answer. yes.
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stephi, according to your thingy i would be.. english
and people from spain would be italian
and people from the middle east would be iranian?
but now the north africans don't fit in!
Iranians are Caucasian and their language is indo-European
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^ now i'm completely lost

so iranians are caucasian and pakistani are asian?

then i still haven't heard about north africans, what are they?
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^ now i'm completely lost

so iranians are caucasian and pakistani are asian?
pakistan is a made up word
punjab afghanistan kashmir (I think the I is for india - not certain)
stan just means country home place

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then i still haven't heard about north africans, what are they?
how far back do you want to go?
Prehistoric man - India - China - Nubian - Persia - Carthage - Greece - Rome...?
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:19 PM   #45
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every word is a made up word

i'm trying to grasp the USA concept of racial distinction

just wondering to which group the people that live in pakistan/india belong to, as well as north africans..

to be honest, i don't understand this system at all, what's it's purpose anyway? why would you want to register someone's race?
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