I asked six strangers abut the question “what is race”, I think maybe I am in China, people rarely think about the question about race, most of their first response is “ Do you mean the 56 ethnic groups?”. Actually the question confused me. I am not sure whether different ethic group means different race. To me, in china, most of the ethic groups are the same race but with different culture or religious belief. The connotation of race are more incline to different physical features such as hair color, skin color and eye color. But that is just my thought. The answer I get include that race means different type of DNA, black people, yellow people, white people, brown people…Some people answered that race is about different religious belief or culture belief. When I am in U.S., I think race maybe is a sensitive issue. The topic may make some people feel uncomfortable. While in China, people are pretty open about it. They became really talkative when I ask about this question. One interesting thing I heard from one person I interviewed is that: “Chinese, Japanese and Korean are from the same race, while Korean are a little different from Chinese and Japanese, they have more narrow eyes.” I did not mean to be offensive, this is what I got from them.
I think for this assignment, I should do more research at first. At least I should understand the definition of race myself. People tend to answer the question with the key words of skin color and culture and religious beliefs. For me, race is not about culture or religious beliefs, it can only tells different ancestors we have in regard to their physical appearances. It is not limited to skin color.