Re: [Generation-Mixed] Re: question
- 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.
From: Alicia McCoy
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
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!
In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com, stefaniedunning@... wrote:
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?