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  • multiracialbookclub
    Hi Christel, Welcome to Generation-Mixed! We are happy to have you here and are truly looking forward to a lot of great conversations with you !! [:)] --M
    Message 1 of 17 , Jun 9, 2006
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      Hi Christel,

      Welcome to Generation-Mixed!

      We are happy to have you here and are truly looking
      forward to a lot of great conversations with you !!:)

      --M


      "Christel Allen" <christel.allen@...> wrote:

      Hi ... all!,

      I have yet to introduce myself to everyone, so first things first;
      Hi everyone! I'm excited to meet you all. My name is Christel and I
      am a senior at Santa Clara University, days from graduation, actually.
      I'm an extremely ambiguous blend of Dark Irish, French Calvinists, Sioux Indian,
      Indigenous Tarasco, and  Spanish Conquistadores, yet I look similar to
      Asian/Pacific Islanders occasionally I'll even forget I'm not (kidding....)
      My Dad fully believes somebody on the Chinese boats that came to
      North America 1,000 years ago fooled around with one of our ancestors.
      I'm less convinced.

      But that thought in the back of my head is one reason I decided to immerse myself
      into the growing cluster of research on Mixed research for my journalism senior
      capstone, a feature on the inconclusive and occasionally contradicting research
      on Mixed people, and what it tells us, and doesn't, about the future of the
      booming population of Mixed Americans, and other populations worldwide.

      Websites like www.dnaancestryproject.com, for a fee, will map my genetic
      ancestry and tell me whether or not my dad has case for our Asian ancestry.

      My story touches on some the some of issues you brought up in
      your questions, when I cover the genetics involved in Mixed studies. ...

      ... if you'd like to share contracts and resources, just let me know!

      Cheers,

      Christel
    • Philip Arnell
      Thanks M! It is a pleasure to meet you and I am going to send you the 2 documents. The smaller one is still a work in progress and the biggerone is more
      Message 2 of 17 , Jun 9, 2006
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        Thanks M! It is a pleasure to meet you and I am going to send you the 2 documents. The smaller one is still a work in progress and the biggerone is more complete. These are projects that will nevere be finished becasue there is always something to add on to them both old and new. The documents will come form a website called "yousendit.com"
         
        Philip

        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
        Hi Philip,

        Welcome to Gen-Mixed!!:)

        We are happy to have you here and wanted to let you know
        that you (and any other member, as well) can also feel free
        to include the information from your family geneaology
        (and other research materials) in the 'Photos', 'Files',
        'Links' and other folder sections as well if you'd like.

        Have a great day!!

        -- M


        Philip Arnell <trigueno03@...> wrote:
        Hi ...,
         
        My name is Philip Arnell and ...
        I am a carib american, I have researched my family as far as
        500 years on my mothers side and about 300 years on my fathers.
        It has been documented and inducted into 3 museums thus far.
        if you would like to see it I will send it to you. ...

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      • Peter Barrett
        Hello and welcome, Yes I saw the special and thought it was very interesting. I have yet to do the percentage test. I have had my maternal and parternal DNA
        Message 3 of 17 , Jun 9, 2006
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          Hello and welcome,

          Yes I saw the special and thought it was very interesting.
          I have yet to do the percentage test.
          I have had my maternal and parternal DNA tested.
          My maternal seems strongest in Senegal and my paternal
          is European but haven't been given a region as of yet.

          I knew I had European Ancestry on both sides
          just didn't know where. I have no idea how much.
          I look “black That is the thing about Mixed people there
          can be an array of looks in one family as we all now.

          I have never viewed myself as mixed even though
          know I have a Mixed Ancestry. If look like
          what you are you can't be anything else.
          Which we know what that type of thinking has done.

          It was interesting about Senegal to me, since some
          of my maternal ancestors came from North Carolina
          which had a large number of Senegambian slaves
          there. My Creole ancestry also has roots from
          Senegal. Many of the slaves that went to Louisiana
          were Wolof women and Banmara men. Of course you
          had some come from the Congo as well. The majority
          was Senegal and Mali. Some Creoles carry the name
          Senegal as a family name with many spellings.

          Please let us know your results when you get them.

          Peter

          Philip Arnell <trigueno03@...> wrote:

          I saw that special , it was fantastic.
          I soon will be taking the admixture test.

          stefaniedunning@... wrote:

          ... Hi all,

          ... I was wondering if any of you saw the PBS
          special done by Henry Louis Gates in February
          for Black History Month where he attempts
          to use DNA to trace the ancestry of some
          famous African Americans back to Africa?

          ... I don't know if you've already talked about
          this or not, so forgive me. I also wonder if
          there are any geneticists on the list here
          and what your point of view of this is?

          ... I am hoping to write something on this.
          I think what is interesting about it
          (in short) is that while his project was
          seemingly essentialist (you know, finding
          one's "pure" black origin) what he actually
          uncovered was how multi-racial most of them were!

          For example, both Oprah Winfrey and
          Mae Jemison discovered they are some
          percentage of East Asian ancestry.
          Gates discovered about, himself that
          "genetically speaking" he is mostly of
          Northern European descent and did Quincy Jones.

          So what this "back to Africa" project uncovered
          -- instead of how "African" the folks where, but
          rather how "Miscegenated," if you will, they all are.

          I wonder what you all thought of that
          ...if any of you had seen the special?

          Stefanie.
        • Alicia McCoy
          Sorry I m a week late, but welcome! My name is Alicia and I am always to interested to meet people who are of multiracial backgrounds! stefaniedunning@aol.com
          Message 4 of 17 , Jun 11, 2006
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            Sorry I'm a week late, but welcome! My name is Alicia and I am always to interested to meet people who are of multiracial backgrounds!

            stefaniedunning@... wrote:
            Hi everyone,
             
            I thought I'd post in to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Stefanie and I'm really looking forward to participating in the discussions here.
             
            I am an FGM, my mother was black (she died in November) and my father white. I could get more specific (my mother's grandmother was a full blooded Cherokee, my father's mother was an Irish immigrant and his father a German immigrant) but we'll let the easier labels apply (though of course, I just didn't).
             
            My husband is Sri Lankan and we've just had our first child (she is 3 months old). It never occurred to me to think about all the ways mixed race stuff impacts my life. I am just me--my husband is was brought to my attention by an African American friend who asked me, "How does it feel to be in an interracial relationshipjust him--you know, we fell in love and got married. I never thought about the race aspect of it, until it ?"  That's a crazy *ss question any way (it feels like any other good relationship feels), but my response was to feel that any one I dated, more or less, would mean I was in an "interracial" relationship.  But this is the thing--as cliched as it may sound, I really just see people as people first. Then something happens (they say something or whatever) that makes me "remember race."
             
            My extended family is also very mixed race--one of my brothers is married to a Filipina-American woman and they have 4 kids; my other brother is married to a white woman and they just had their first baby this past Thursday! (Samuel is his name, 8lbs 5oz!)
             
            I am excited to be here and look forward to some great discussions.  I hope our conversations will broaden and deepen my thinking about these issues for a capstone I am teaching in the fall, Miscegenation and mulattos in Amercan Literature, 1865 to the present.
             
            Thanks!
             
            Stefanie

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          • Alicia McCoy
            Saw it, taped, love it! My husband and I thought it was very interesting! I love how there are so many ways that traces us all back to Africa in one way or
            Message 5 of 17 , Jun 11, 2006
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              Saw it, taped, love it! My husband and I thought it was very interesting! I love how there are so many ways that traces us all back to Africa in one way or another. I personally also love the National Geographic special that show where they were able to take DNA (as well as other factors) and trace all of mankind back to one true "Adam and Eve", which would have been in an African tribe. So basically, it kind of proved the theory of evolution and the biblical Genesis all at one time. But the best part was the "proof" if you will, that all of mankind has its root from a tribe in Africa! I love science!

              stefaniedunning@... wrote:
               
               Hi all,
               
              I was wondering if any of you saw the PBS special done by Henry Louis Gates in February for Black History Month where he attempts to use DNA to trace the ancestry of some famous African Americans back to Africa?
               
              I don't know if you've already talked about this or not, so forgive me. I also wonder if there are any geneticists on the list here and what your point of view of this is?
               
              I am hoping to write something on this. I think what is interesting about it (in short) is that while his project was seemingly essentialist (you know, finding one's "pure" black origin) what he actually uncovered was how multi-racial most of them were!  For example, both Oprah Winfrey and Mae Jemison discovered they are some percentage of East Asian ancestry.  Gates discovered about himself that "genetically speaking" he is mostly of Northern European descent and did Quincy Jones.  So what this "back to Africa" project uncovered--instead of how "African" the folks where, but rather how "miscegenated," if you will, they all are.
               
              I wonder what you all thought of that...if any of you had seen the special?
               
              Stefanie
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            • Alicia McCoy
              Welcome Christel ! Nice to meet you! Very interesting work you are doing! Christel Allen wrote: Hi Stefanie (and all!), I
              Message 6 of 17 , Jun 11, 2006
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                Welcome Christel ! Nice to meet you! Very interesting work you are doing!

                Christel Allen <christel.allen@...> wrote:
                Hi Stefanie (and all!),

                I have yet to introduce myself to everyone, so first things first; Hi everyone! I'm excited to meet you all. My name is Christel and I am a senior at Santa Clara University, days from graduation, actually. I'm an extremely ambiguous blend of Dark Irish, French Calvinists, Sioux Indian, Indigenous Tarasco, and  Spanish Conquistadores, yet I look similar to Asian/Pacific Islanders occasionally I'll even forget I'm not (kidding....) My Dad fully believes somebody on the Chinese boats that came to North America 1,000 years ago fooled around with one of our ancestors. I'm less convinced.

                But that thought in the back of my head is one reason I decided to immerse myself into the growing cluster of research on Mixed research for my journalism senior capstone, a feature on the inconclusive and occasionally contradicting research on Mixed people, and what it tells us, and doesn't, about the future of the booming population of Mixed Americans, and other populations worldwide.

                Websites like www.dnaancestryproject.com, for a fee, will map my genetic ancestry and tell me whether or not my dad has case for our Asian ancestry.

                My story touches on some the some of issues you brought up in your questions, when I cover the genetics involved in Mixed studies. One article I've found extremely interesting came from Stanford. I couldn't find a link, but here's some excepts.


                Stanford Law Review
                October, 2003
                Redefining Race: Can Genetic Testing Provide Biological Proof of Indian Ethnicity?

                By Eric Beckenhauer

                ... A Chukchansi Indian from the foothills of Fresno, she lives in a two-room trailer with her daughter, mother, and brother. ... It then explains, in Part III, how a legislative attempt to enable Indians to "prove" their ethnic identities through genetic testing, besides demonstrating a failure to understand these limitations, provoked outrage among Indian communities. ... Since tribal membership requirements are generally tribe-specific, so-called "mixed bloods" may be entirely Indian by heritage, without having an adequate blood quantum to merit membership in any particular tribe. ... " Likewise, in addition to a one-fourth blood quantum requirement, one band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians requires descendancy from a member listed on the tribal census of either 1928 or 1940. ... Of the principal methods of ascribing genetic characteristics to specific ethnic groups, it is clear that: (1) variant analysis has little power to identify the ethnicity of individuals; (2) EAE, though more powerful than variant analysis, requires additional refinements and has not yet been successfully applied to Indian populations; and (3) identification of private polymorphisms, particularly via Y-chromosome and mtDNA analysis, is an accepted means to define the common genetic characteristics of an ethnic group, and an accurate means to determine whether an individual has some degree of Indian ancestry. ...  


                Good luck with your writing, if you'd like to share contracts and resources, just let me know!

                Cheers,

                Christel


                 
                In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, stefaniedunning@... wrote:


                Hi all,

                I was wondering if any of you saw the PBS special done by Henry Louis Gates in February for Black History Month
                where he attempts to use DNA to trace the ancestry of some famous African Americans back to Africa?

                I don't know if you've already talked about this or not, so forgive me. I also wonder if
                there are any geneticists on the list here and what your point of view of this is?

                I am hoping to write something on this. I think what is interesting about it (in short) is that while his project was seemingly essentialist (you know, finding one's "pure" black origin) what he actually uncovered was how multi-racial most of them were! For example, both Oprah Winfrey and Mae Jemison discovered they are some percentage of East Asian ancestry. Gates discovered about himself that "genetically speaking" he is mostly of Northern European descent and did Quincy Jones. So what this "back to Africa" project uncovered--instead of how "African" the folks where, but rather how "miscegenated," if you will, they all are.

                I wonder what you all thought of that...if any of you had seen the special?

                Stefanie.





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              • stefaniedunning@aol.com
                Hi Christel and everyone, Sorry I didn t write back sooner, Cristel, but I had to take a colleague s class unexpectedly because she was in a horrible car
                Message 7 of 17 , Jun 11, 2006
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                  Hi Christel and everyone,

                  Sorry I didn't write back sooner, Cristel, but I had to take a colleague's
                  class unexpectedly because she was in a horrible car accident.

                  With the new baby and suddenly having to teach, I've been under water.

                  I am going to check out the website you mention. I'll have more to say anon.

                  Stef


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                  From: Alicia McCoy
                  To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 16:29:05 -0700 (PDT)
                  Subject: Re: [Generation-Mixed] Re: question

                  Welcome Christel ! Nice to meet you! Very interesting work you are doing!

                  Christel Allen wrote:

                  Hi Stefanie (and all!),

                  I have yet to introduce myself to everyone, so first things first; Hi everyone!
                  I'm excited to meet you all. My name is Christel and I am a senior at Santa
                  Clara University, days from graduation, actually. I'm an extremely ambiguous
                  blend of Dark Irish, French Calvinists, Sioux Indian, Indigenous Tarasco,
                  and Spanish Conquistadores, yet I look similar to Asian/Pacific Islanders
                  occasionally I'll even forget I'm not (kidding....) My Dad fully believes
                  somebody on the Chinese boats that came to North America 1,000 years
                  ago fooled around with one of our ancestors. I'm less convinced.

                  But that thought in the back of my head is one reason I decided to immerse
                  myself into the growing cluster of research on Mixed research for my journalism
                  senior capstone, a feature on the inconclusive and occasionally contradicting
                  research on Mixed people, and what it tells us, and doesn't, about the future
                  of the booming population of Mixed Americans, and other populations worldwide.

                  Websites like www.dnaancestryproject.com, for a fee, will map my genetic
                  ancestry and tell me whether or not my dad has case for our Asian ancestry.

                  My story touches on some the some of issues you brought up in your questions,
                  when I cover the genetics involved in Mixed studies. One article I've found extremely
                  interesting came from Stanford. I couldn't find a link, but here's some excepts.


                  Stanford Law Review
                  October, 2003
                  Redefining Race: Can Genetic Testing Provide
                  Biological Proof of Indian Ethnicity?

                  By Eric Beckenhauer

                  ... A Chukchansi Indian from the foothills of Fresno, she lives in a two-room trailer with her daughter, mother, and brother. ... It then explains, in Part III, how a legislative attempt to enable Indians to "prove" their ethnic identities through genetic testing, besides demonstrating a failure to understand these limitations, provoked outrage among Indian communities. ... Since tribal membership requirements are generally tribe-specific, so-called "mixed bloods" may be entirely Indian by heritage, without having an adequate blood quantum to merit membership in any particular tribe. ... " Likewise, in addition to a one-fourth blood quantum requirement, one band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians requires descendancy from a member listed on the tribal census of either 1928 or 1940. ... Of the principal methods of ascribing genetic characteristics to specific ethnic groups, it is clear that: (1) variant analysis has little power to identify the ethnicity of individuals; (2) EAE, though more powerful than variant analysis, requires additional refinements and has not yet been successfully applied to Indian populations; and (3) identification of private polymorphisms, particularly via Y-chromosome and mtDNA analysis, is an accepted means to define the common genetic characteristics of an ethnic group, and an accurate means to determine whether an individual has some degree of Indian ancestry. ...

                  Good luck with your writing, if you'd like to share contracts and resources, just let me know!

                  Cheers,

                  Christel

                  In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, stefaniedunning@... wrote:

                  Hi all,

                  I was wondering if any of you saw the PBS special done by Henry Louis
                  Gates in February for Black History Month where he attempts to use DNA
                  to trace the ancestry of some famous African Americans back to Africa?

                  I don't know if you've already talked about this or not, so forgive me. I also wonder
                  if there are any geneticists on the list here and what your point of view of this is?

                  I am hoping to write something on this. I think what is interesting about it (in short)
                  is that while his project was seemingly essentialist (you know, finding one's "pure"
                  black origin) what he actually uncovered was how multi-racial most of them were!
                  For example, both Oprah Winfrey and Mae Jemison discovered they are
                  some percentage of East Asian ancestry. Gates discovered about himself
                  that "genetically speaking" he is mostly of Northern European descent and did
                  Quincy Jones. So what this "back to Africa" project uncovered--instead of how
                  "African" the folks where, but rather how "miscegenated," if you will, they all are.

                  I wonder what you all thought of that...if any of you had seen the special?

                  Stefanie.
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