(Closed) Any idea about this???? Question about percentages and heritage.

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

are both of your parents 50% mexican? or is only one? because if both were 50% then you all would still be 50%. example

My Mom is 50% irish… because

Her Mom is 50% Irish and 50% French Canadian (Mother 100% Fr.Ca. Father 100% Irish)

Her Father is 50% Irish and 50% German (Mother 100% Irish, Father 100% German)

So my mom is 25% Fr.CA 25% German and 50% Irish. 

Or at least thats how I understand it all.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If three of your grandparents are Mexican and one isn’t, that means one of your parents is fully Mexican while the other is 50% Mexican. That means you would be 75% Mexican.

I agree that being born somewhere doesn’t have anything to do with your ethnicity. My brother was born in the US but he is still 100% ethnically Korean.

That being said, it’s kind of silly to be too pendantic about percentages when it comes to ethnicities, especially in the US, because unless you have an excellent family tree it’s impossible to know exactly what your bloodline has been throughout the years.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Earlybride:  what about HIS parents. are you saying his parents ahve the exact same heritage as you? basically to figure out his percentage I need to know both of his grandparents and parents percentages

 

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

is his mother fully german?

if so he’d be 50% german and 50% whatever his dad is. (so if his dad is half mexican, because his mother is german and father mexican his dad would be 50/50 mexican and german… making your cousin 75% german and 25% mexican)

to answer your initial question though.. I agree. My uncle isn’t Spanish because he was born in Spain.

 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Earlybride:  His father is 100% German born in Mexico? Yeah… you are right. His dad being born in Mexico doesn’t make him half Mexican anymore than his dad being born in China makes him half Chinese. My half white, half mexican cousin was born in South Africa… does that make her African? Nope. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Earlybride:  Oh ok. So his dad is half, born in Mexico? Still the same… 25% for him. The only difference is your mom was born… where? The US? Does that make her Native American? NOOOOOO. Your cousin is crazy.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

No, being born somewhere does not make you that race.  I was born in Puerto Rico and I am 50% Sicilian and 50% French. Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin.  Not a drop of Puerto Rican blood in my body besides from being born and spending my first 2 years of life there.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ok, bear with me.

As I am playing Devils Advocate here

(just having a bit of fun)

My Ancestors came from England, Ireland, and Scotland… and I am pretty sure there is probably a dash of French / Metis in the mix

BUT I don’t consider myself any of these elements…

BECAUSE I was born in Canada…

And as the majority of my Ancestors were born here, that is what I figure is my heritage.

The point being… at what point is there a change over from being one heritage to another ?

— — —

This whole Heritage thing is fascinating for sure (witness the popularity of Ancestory.com). 

BUT as the world gets to be a smaller and smaller place globally… with people going to and fro I think it matters less and less

Maybe we should all be calling ourselves “Children of the World”… for that is what we are becomming (lol, that is until folks go off and live, breed & populate space… not that far off now)

In reality, borders are not concrete things… they are just “thoughts”… I mean in my 50+ years I’ve seen countless changes where countries have come and gone (actually kind of mind boggling) the world today looks a lot different than it did in the 1960s when I first was exposed to Geography.

Not to mention that there are too many conflicts on the planet already that are (or have been) rooted in nationality, race or religion

So I’m all in favour of stressing these elements less than more.  Because in the big scheme of things I don’t think they matter a lot… what matters is what the person is like on the inside… their head & their heart.

 

 

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