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White Florida Dude Named Adam Changes His Name To Ja Du And Identifies As Filipino Because He Likes The Food and Music Better

TAMPA, Fla.Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino.

He even drives what he calls a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines.

Ja Du is part of a small but growing number of people who call themselves transracial. The term once referred only to someone (or a couple) of a one race adopting a child of another, but now it’s becoming associated with someone born of one race who identifies with another.

Ja Du says he grew up enjoying Filipino food, events and the overall culture.

“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” he said.

“I’d watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours … nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”

To quote Pat McAfee “2017 is crazy cuz.”  We got white dudes out here self-identifying as Filipino.  Can you even do that?  Literally just pronounce yourself a different race like Michael Scott declaring bankruptcy?   I mean, if you can, then I got no problem with it.  I’m as progressive as it comes when it comes to this stuff.  Huge “whatever makes you happy” guy, big time LibMarko on the issue.   I just don’t know if this one is real or just cheating?  Like I don’t think this kind of thing flies when it comes to race.  For example I don’t think I’m allowed to say that I’m black because I like hip hop.  I don’t think Kevin is allowed to say he’s Jewish to get himself out of trouble for his tweets.   I think other races and cultures get really mad when you try to do that, especially judging from the backlash to this.

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Ja Du running into a HUGE appropriation buzzsaw here.  Looks like he’s gonna have to be a little more low profile with the Filipino identification.  Drive your Tuk Tuk to the market to buy your Bibingka but be careful announcing it too much to the world.  The actual, real life Filipinos are not very pro-Ja Du, Adam.