And by the time one discovers the post-colonial issue after their “english” education, they’ve already entrenched themselves so deep into that culture that to extricate themselves would mean sacrificing an arm or a limb. First world problems really, but it’s a real problem to many people, one that implicates their perspectives on issues and their self-identity, including for myself.]]>
2. “She will have half-white kids, who will deny they have ANY Asian blood.” In my personal experience, my half white and half Asian friends have never denied their Asian heritage. They have, however, expressed their struggles with fully belonging to a culture and their frustrations with trying to teeter between two cultures. I think that a mixed person can (although, I admit, may not always) embrace and celebrate both parts of their heritage.
Perhaps your experiences with biracial friends have been different?
3. You accuse her of hypocrisy. However, we have no knowledge of her thought process behind giving up her Singaporean citizenship, and how much do we know of her to confidently assert her hypocrisy? Even if we were to go ahead and assume she is “wearing a fake veil,” that does not mean that what she said in the letter is not true or invalid. (Tu quoque fallacy: a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent’s position by asserting the opponent’s failure to act consistently in accordance with that position; although the person being attacked might indeed be acting inconsistently, this does NOT invalidate their argument. Ex: A smoker telling you smoking is bad for you. It’s true that smoking is bad for you, even though this information came from a smoker.)
Overall, I found Michelle’s letter to be very insightful.]]>