Monday, December 20, 2010

Filipinos: The new default

By now you've noticed your friends are cranking out half-Asian babies at a lightening pace.  Your fridge, wallet and computer are probably full of cute photos representing genetics from all areas of the world that have collided with DNA from the Pacific.  The question inevitably is asked, "Do you think my kid looks at all Asian?"  Friends will look, analyze and scratch their heads.  More often than not the response parents hear is, "Maybe Filipino."  Ah yes, Filipinos. The melting pot people of Asia.  With that everyone nods in satisfaction, mentally filing away their amateur geneticist certificates until the next time a friend asks, "Do you think my kid looks Asian?"