Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ethnicity

Today we took the kids to have hip ultrasounds. These are typically done for breach babies - especially preemies/multiples that are at higher risk for hip displasia. I was going through the necessary registration information and was asked "what is their ethnicity"?

I find this the most difficult question to answer and I wonder why all medical establishments keep asking it. First of all, I don't have much of any idea where Husband's family is "from" (nor does he) - and I'm sure it is a hodgepodge of various European countries. And as for my own - well, the original direct descendant of my family moved to the "New World" in 1646 (to the area where the town I grew up in was formed). Sure I could say from what country (Wales/England) but after hundreds of years of marriage I have no idea what countries and ethnicity are jumbled together.

Can't I just say "American"? They let you say "no preference" for religion so I'd like the same option for ethnicity. And for those of you thinking "can't you just say "white/Caucasian?" that is the answer to the "race" question also always asked of us. Religion, race, ethnicity - the trifecta of trying to pigeonhole people.

5 comments:

Husband said...

From now on I'm going to say Austrian, because that's my favorite school of economics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austrian_economics

goddessinprogress said...

I'm never sure what to say for my kids. I'm your basic Western-European mashup, but M is half-German and half-Puerto-Rican. And they (we all) have a Spanish last name. Do I list them as Hispanic? Caucasian? European? Proportionally, they're more German than anything else. It's tricky...

Monica Marino said...

Aaaww... I remember the hip ultrasound with my breech baby! It was actually reallyl unpleasant- crying baby, snowstorm, painful breastfeeding on the hospital bed with an embarrassed male ultrasound tech. I hope your experience was much better!

Natalie said...

well i'd say you are about as white as white can be.

Nancy said...

Ya- we need a "Euro Mutt" entry