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Race: Are we so different

A blog looking at the changing face of race around our region, created in cooperation with Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington Department of Communication and the City of Seattle Race and Justice Initiative

November 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Race project | Are We Different or the Same?

Taken at Race: Are We So Different? Photo by Ting Ting Chu

Taken at RACE: Are We So Different?
Photo by Ting Ting Chu

My name is Ting Ting. From my name, I guess you might have figured that I’m an Asian. And yes, I came from Hong Kong a couple years ago for a bachelor’s degree. Instead of “Chinese,” I’ve always identified myself as an Asian because most of the forms I filled in provided “Asian” as an option.

This exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, included a lot of surprising scientific fact and information about race.

Before this visit, I’ve always thought race was something that cannot be simply and clearly defined, but the exhibit has somehow changed me. By looking at it through a scientific lens, I’ve learned that in some ways, race can actually be defined clearly, but it’s just that we couldn’t imagine how complicated it is.

I do love this change. This exhibit has made me realize how naive I have been by saying race could not be simply and clearly defined to hide that I was just too lazy to define it.

However if you asked me whether this change in my thinking would change my behavior as well, the answer would be “I don’t know.” The only thing I’ve been doing in regard to race, is that when I’m taking photos of fashionistas around the campus for the UW Fashion Blog, I try not to pay attention to their race. I love how “post-racial” my blog is.  I can foresee the real world to be post-racial in the future.

HAPA Project at the exhibit Photo by Ting Ting Chu

HAPA Project at the exhibit
Photo by Ting Ting Chu

One of the participants in HAPA project wrote, “I’m (will be) exactly the same as every other person in 2500,” which has been and will still be my belief as well.  Although we might be a bit different now, to me we will eventually be the same.

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