I was so psyched (there's really no other word for how I felt) when the boyfriend and I filled out the Census 2010 paperwork. And this is why:
What strikes me as somewhat funny about the situation is the fact that, being an educated Filipina, I can't help but think of the irony in my excitement. Since I consider myself open-minded and quite liberal, and I have friends of different ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, I feel like I've had many conversations about identity and that damn check box.
I understand the idea that the check box is a way for others to literally "box" people into an identity. Who determines the categories? In a world that has so much diversity, is it fair to lump people in generalized categories? And before this Census, why were we confined to check a limited number of boxes, merely 1 or 2?
But, I have never been so proud to check a box. I do believe that we, the Filipino community, are lucky to have activists fight for our right to a box. Also, considering that Filipino's make up the second largest "Asian/Pacific Islander" population, it's pretty neat that we have been acknowledged.
We've definitely come a long way from this:
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