Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Muwallad Children -- Yay or Nay?

According to Wikipedia, Muwallad is an Arabic term for a person of mixed  ancestry or the children of an Arab and non-Arab parent. (I asked my He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named about this word to verify its meaning but he said he had no idea... only NOW I realized that I was asking him "muLLAWad"... LOL). 

I am sorry but I am fascinated by mixed-race -- the combination of physical features from different race -- I do find them stunning. Sometimes I wish I was mixed (dream on!) although my mom is part Spanish (has light brown eyes and pointed nose because her paternal grandma is half-Spanish) yet I CANNOT claim that I'm also part Spanish (like a droplet of Spanish blood?) as I don't look Spanish ~ I have a yellowish complexion, chocolate eyes and a flat nose.. hahaha.

Anyway, here's the thing, just because you are mixed doesn't mean you're beautiful, as mixed-race has its  fair share of uglies and pretties. Besides I know that biracial/multiracial people are stuck in limbo, they don't know which race they belong to, although sometimes they have extra edge in the "market" especially in my native land. 

On the contrary, in the Arab world, usually having a mixed blood is never and will never be an advantage to them. Maybe that's why they are very distinct and facial features are noticeable because they maintain and preserve their race as much as they can. 

Going back to the topic, let's take a look at some muwallad (result of Arab and **cough*cough** my compatriot)  in my country..
Lebanese father
Israeli Arab father
Palestinian grandfather (maternal)

Palestinian grandfather (maternal)
Lebanese ancestry
Yay or Nay? ✿