Staking a Claim

Hanging out last night, someone asked if Pharrell was part Asian. Its not just us that wants to know. Yahoo Answers, WikiAnswers, they all got threads asking if Pharrell is part Asian. He could be. He kind of looks like it. And his partner in music Chad Hugo is Asian American. Really, though,  what’s the big deal?

In the Asian American community at least, identifying Asian and part Asian celebrities is practically a sport. Maybe because there are so few of them we want to make sure they get extra love. And to keep them accountable for how they represent Asian America. And with part Asian celebrities so that everyone knows they’re Asian.

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