After learning all the week’s lecture, readings and doing the activities of asking strangers about “what is race”, there are too much information involve in my mind to understand “what is race” and what does it mean to say race is “socially constructed”. From the very beginning of the course and even from those strangers’ opinions they talked a lot about the differences of skin colors, different appearances and languages. While, something that they missed is about the socially constructed. After watching the lectures and reading materials of this week, I think I could come up with more completed definition about what is race from a socially constructed point. From the lecture that we learned history is “inextricably intertwined with concepts of race”. The concept of race is not only connects with the difference of physical aspects, but also with the cultural and socially constructed aspects. Race’s definition involves different social constructed. I also want to say that race exist due to the social exist.
The most convincing evidence that there is one single human race is from the reading part, we learn that every one of us is unique and different in terms of the combination of tens of thousands of genetically determined characteristics that we possess. While, we clearly have some traits in common with other people. We are the same species no matter how differently that we may look like, or how differently that our races are. The human traits in common in the same species could testify that there is one single race. I come from China and I’m yellow. While although I am in the different race with some of the others, but race should not set people apart from the other.
To make the conclusion, I think under different circumstances with different knowledge of aspects, race may have different meanings. Different people also have different opinions about what is race from different angles of knowledge. The most important thing that I learned from this class is race could mean a lot differences and it is socially constructed. We also need to learn the specifically different aspects about race and to learn what the knowledge behind it.