“Halfies don’t age, you know.”
When the conversation turned to ethnicity at a party recently, I compared notes on growing up in a mixed race family with the young man sitting across the table. Like many of these conversations, our looks were one of the first topics to come up.
Halfies don’t age. I’d never heard it put quite like that before, but I knew exactly what he was getting at. Us halfies, half-and-half and hapa kids have a reputation for being cute on account of our mixed heritage. And, goodness, it’s a documented phenomenon, according to an article from Psychology Today.
The experiment by Gillian Rhodes, a psychologist at the University of Western Australia, found that when Caucasian and Japanese volunteers looked at photos of Caucasian, Japanese and Eurasian faces, both groups rated the Eurasian faces as most attractive.
Flattering as the results may be, they are clearly not the whole story. Even if we allow that this preference for mixed race faces exists, a question remains: why might “halfies” be attractive? In the article, scientists posit that physical indications of health are the source of beauty. They cite previous evidence that a variety of genes protects against genetic diseases.
On a more human note, perhaps there’s something in us all that is naturally attracted to what’s different. Something looking for a balance between familiar and foreign.
Halfies don’t age.
Tell me, what other partial truths are floating out there about mixed race individuals? And how do we tell the fact from the fiction?
Raised in Minnesota with a Filipina mom and Midwestern dad, Marni grew up with such fusion dishes as Bratwurst Fried Rice and Creamy Ramen Egg-Drop Soup. Food and cooking helps her bridge the two cultures she grew up with. So that’s what she writes about. Mostly.
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