Hogback Trail to Mt. Hollywood Summit

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
GRIFFITH PARK

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🔎 whenever someone asks me “what nationality are you?” and I answer “American” — they seemingly get annoyed with my response — probably because they had an expectation and I didn’t meet it. ⠀ 💛 Are you aware of the nuanced meanings that differentiate RACE, ETHNICITY, and NATIONALITY?⠀ ⠀ While there are many similarities, it’s so so so important to understand that there are *actual* differences in meaning and that these terms are *not* synonymous. ⠀ ⠀ 🔅 ETHNICITY is a relationship between your heritage + dna + ancestry + culturalisms: you CANNOT change your ethnicity and your ethnicity does NOT change when you travel/visit other parts of the world. ⠀ ⠀ 🔅 NATIONALITY is a political identity “marking” the country/nation/state/etc in which you are a citizen. This is what is on your passport. If you are an American, you are an American until you decide to claim citizenship in another country/go off the grid. You CAN change your nationality.⠀ ⠀ 🔅 RACE is socially constructed, and therefore, interdependent and contextual within the society/location/geographical areas of which the subject is being characterized/racialized. Race is the tickbox that document forms make you fill out. It’s the experiences you have and the ways various experiences shape your world based on the color of your skin/ethnic appearance. Race adapts to context/location, too. For example: when I’m in the USA, I am a woman of color...but when I’m in the Philippines, my light-skinned yellow-passing appearance exoticizes me as “mestiza” or “muhkang inchik” or “mukhang haponesa” or “mukhang koreana.” You cannot change your race: but race CAN change/shape/mold/inform you. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Here’s me for example:⠀ 💛 Ethnicity = Filipina⠀ 💛 Nationality = American⠀ 💛 Race= Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) on corporate paperwork/forms, or “brown” or “yellow” in critical theory discourse •••• #earthwordflow #wildernessculture #wehiketoheal #hikingculture #trekkingtoes #traillife #takemoreadventures #diversityinadventure #briskoutdoors #takeahike #amongthewild #thegreatoutdoors #theoutbound #naturelovers #hikingishealing #diversityandinclusion #welivetoexplore #unlikelyhikers #diversifyoutdoors #halohalocollective

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