And I just stopped half way through several paragraphs because honestly I’m just not in the right mood to get into that whole debate.
All I will say is though all these confusing labels that has pretty much messed us up identity wise?
Invented by colonialism. That is all.
Did you know the Philippines was all labeled as either a part of Polynesia, Oceania, Pacific Islands, then Southeast Asia at one point during the events of over almost 400 years of colonialism? And y’all wonder why we have so many “identities”.
And if a white person or another Asian person who is not Filipin@, or hell anyone who just isn’t Filipin@ tells you, that you are using the wrong terminology to label and identify yourself as, whether it be, no you aren’t Asian you are Pacific Islander, or no you are Hispanic, I say fuck every one of them.
The only people who have the right to identify you is you. The only people who have the right to identify us is us.
I identify as Filipin@-American of Tagalog and Akeanon ethnicity. I identify as being Southeast Asian. I identify as being Austronesian.
That is it.
I don’t identify as Hispanic. I don’t identify as a Pacific Islander. I don’t identify as Malay.
And don’t tell me how I or any one of my people on how to identify ourselves “correctly” and that we are fuckin wrong.