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beautifully racial

today some of my mom's friends dropped by the house. they said, my mom reported, that nola was very pretty because she was part japanese. what?

me: i'm rather offended!
cam: you should be.

mind you, my mom's friends are filipino, so it wasn't like they were being partial to themselves. (being filipino myself, i would have been much less startled if they praised her appearance as being quintessentially filipino and then patted themselves on the back.) i just found it all very off-putting. it reminded me of all those years i washed my face with skin whiteners to make myself something less than natural. we filipinos, sometimes it seems like we can only see worth in a fairer complexion.

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