Is 1/8 (a great grand parent) enough to be considered part of an ethnicity? ?
- FoofaLv 72 months ago
As you can choose whatever ethnicity you wish to identify as, just do as you please.
- TCLv 42 months ago
It is, depending on the person. There are people who claim to be one-eighth American Indian.
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
No. In most cases you need to speak the language to be part of an ethnicity
- tentofieldLv 72 months ago
What do you mean by "ethnicity"? The word seems to have as many different meanings as people using it. Now that "race" is no longer used in civilised countries (because there are no biological races in humans) some people are now using "ethnicity" where they once used "race".
Ethnicity is a combination of ancestry, nationality, culture, language and religion and is almost impossible to define. You could use the rules we have in Australia for defining who is accepted as Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander (ATI):
1) You must be of Aboriginal or TI descent
2) You must declare yourself to be of Aboriginal or TI descent in your normal life
3) You must be recognised as being of Aboriginal or TI descent by the people in the area you say you are from.
This is a legal definition and is needed because ATI people have access to certain government programs not available to the wider community.