Rather than further derail the food thread, I felt that I'd branch off and start another one, as this is a topic that I have rather strong views about. (I can't wait for A1's opinion on this topic, lol.) A truer statement could not be said about not understanding nor agreeing with these "lables" that WB mentioned. For instance, take this picture, which yours truely took with my cell phone almost a year ago. While humorous to a degree, the sheer fact that such a section exists in the hair product isle of the *insert massive retail chain store name here* that I took that at is rather insulting, and I think we're all quite aware of what ethnicity that sign is primarily intended for... To be fair, african americans and hispanics are still the largest "minority" group in the US to the best of my knowledge, thus I can sort of see why WB would notice what she mentioned in the quote i have above. But at what point will we, as a whole, finally shed these classifications? Take for instance another common example from my own life. My last name is Gonzales. Soliciters call me on the phone and I answer in english and they start speaking to me in spanish. I then hang up. I am a college educated male, have over 3 years of supervisory experience in the food industry, and the first question i get asked when I go in for an interview is "can you cook"? I won't even go into how many applications i've never gotten a response about, due to (i suspect) the manager's immediate dismissal due to my last name. Never mind the laws that are meant to prevent this. For people who have never met me, but look at my name, I am immediately labled as mexican, especially having grown up here in California. I suspect this will actually only get worse for me when I move to Texas to be with my girlfriend. But the fact of the matter is, on my father's side, I am 6th generation American born. Most of my friends (even the "white" ones) can't even claim that! My ancestors came from Spain (and possibly Italy), not Mexico. My mother is 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Chinese, 2nd generation American born. While I take pride in my cultural background, I do not consider myself anything other than American as my "race". But society sees it differently. Society requires that I must identify with something. Job applications, loan applications, simple surveys..."Ethnic Background (Please choose one): Hispanic/Latino; Asian/Pacific Islander; White (Non-Hispanic); African Descent". These are the 4 choices you will see on almost every document. Now and then, also "Native American". I'm sorry, but hasn't America been around for over 200 years now? Why is there never any choice to simply be of American ethnicity? The concept of the American Melting Pot was that all these cultures and ethnicities came together in one place. And when this happened, it developed a new one. An American is what I am, and I don't mean that in a patriotic sense whatsoever. I mean that simply as the ethnic culture in which I identify with. When I moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a little while, I was shocked by the blatant bigotry that surrounded me. In a region where the ratio of whites to blacks was rougly 5:3 (by my observation) with an occasional hispanic or asian tossed in, you would not BELIEVE how often I heard the "N-Word" tossed around. Growing up in California, where we truely are a "melting pot" of cultures, those kinds of attitudes will only get you put into the ER if you say stuff like that. My co-workers, albeit jokingly, would talk to me as if they were mexican gang members just because of my last name. Kind of reverse of everything else, is what would happen when I went to a chinese restaurant out there. As I mentioned in the other thread, I grew up on authentic chinese food, not just americanized chinese food. I'm used to going into a chinese restaurant and asking "whats good" and getting a plethora of options ranging from sweet & sour to braised rock cod in a clay pot. But there, in PA...if you were not physically aparant as asian, they automatically recommend General Tsao's Chicken. It was insulting, because it was automatically assumed that I had no other cultural background. But I digress. This is America, The Melting Pot. Isn't it about time that we, as a unique nation, with a distinct culture, start realizing that some of us actually might come from here? Give me my "American" checkbox on my application. Don't pass me up for GM just because my name is Gonzales and not Smith. And on the flip side, just because my skin is white and my hair is brown doesn't mean that I don't enjoy the taste of a Charsiu Bao or a Pork Tamale. I am an Ethnic American.