Hands down the most common question I get is “What are you?”
Ummm…human. What are you?
I guess people always wonder why I have more of an exotic look. I thought I knew what I was, but apparently I knew jack.
All my life I was told I was half Filipina, a quarter Irish, and a quarter Japanese and Indian. I was raised by my Japanese and Indian grandmother and am knowledgeable about Japanese culture.
As many of my readers know, I have zero communication/relationship with my mother and father. My mother left me when I was one, and all I really know about her ethnicity is she is Filipina. My father once told me I was Spanish. Although, he’s a bit of a pathological liar so I never really knew if it was true or he assumed from Spanish colonization.
I literally look nothing like my mother or father. I have no physical traits of theirs and many people would think I was adopted. Yet, everyone thought my Grammy was my mom because we look so much alike. We always get approached from people assuming we are hispanic!
My whole life I have wanted to really find out what I was. I heard about the DNA test from Ancestry.com and decided to give it a try. Okay, it took me a few months to finally man up (a.k.a. pony up the money) and do it.
Let’s just say my results surprised me!
What surprised me was the result I am 46% European. I’m not quite sure how that works since my Irish Grandpa was the only European in my family tree. Everyone else was from the eastern hemisphere. How did I go from being 25% Irish to 46%?! I have a theory on why it rated so high but more on that later.
It turns out I’m only 8% Irish. I am also Western European(from countries including: France, Germany, and Belgium) and not-too-surprisingly Spanish. I’ve heard a lot of Filipinos are Spanish so it makes sense. Quite shockingly, it turns out I’m Finnish, British, and Scandinavian! My DNA results showed I was 16% Scandinavian which, in my opinion, is really Polynesian. Why? For some odd reason Scandinavian and Polynesian DNA have very similar profiles. It would bump my Poly DNA to a much more reasonable percentage. There is just no way I am almost half white. It doesn’t add up with my family tree.
According to my AncestryDNA results, I am 16% Polynesian. See why I think my Scandinavian DNA results were mixed with Poly? 32% Poly makes much more sense. I wonder which islands my family was from. The possibilities include: Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji. In my heart, I have always considered myself an islander. These results are music to my beach loving, coconut addicted, always-running-on-island-time self.
As expected, I’m Asian. It was confirmed that I’m Japanese, Indian, and Filipino. Well, it told me I was East Asian which equals Japanese and Filipino. My great-grandfather was Indian and the South Asian results supported that.
My results threw me two curveballs! Turns out I’m ethnically from the Caucasus region (Iran, Iraq, and Armenia are some possible countries) and Africa South-Central. I wonder if my African heritage originates from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, or the Congo?!
I guess I really am exotic!
Or a mutt. Exotic sounds sexier.
Did any of these results surprise you? Did you assume I was one of these ethnicities? Would you ever take an AncestryDNA test?