Today, I found myself idly wondering about what sort of racial stereotype I best fall into. As an Australian, I am supposed to base my humour around crude racial stereotypes. That is our modus operandi. Even our former PM was a big fan of this time-honoured comedic tradition.
However, as a half-Filipino who has grown up as an anime fan in Australia, I don’t fit neatly into any of the racial boxes. Or, perhaps more accurately, the boxes I get fit into are different depending on who is judging me. When I was in high school, my predominantly white classmates referred to me as “the Asian”, and sometimes I get strangers asking me what country I’m from. Some people even think I’m Latin American. But to Filipinos, I’m white as Jon Snow, only with an Aussie accent.
I’m a tourist in my own countr(ies), forever an outsider looking in. I’m hardly the only one like this. No human being fits neatly into the boxes they get placed into.
Not that this stops the human tendency to create boxes. This has its obvious downsides, but for better or worse, boxes and labels have their uses. They’re good for shorthand. They make it easier to distinguish between different types of people. They’re the stuff that wars are made of.
They’re also good for demographics studies.
And that is why, my dear readers, I am going to ask you to fit yourself into a few boxes for me today. There aren’t that many questions, and obviously you don’t have to answer if you don’t to, but if you’re willing to share, please tell me more about yourself!
Note that this question is asking about your gender identity, not your biological sex.
English is the native language of only a handful of countries. (Note: English as a “native” language isn’t always the same thing as English as an “official” language.) However, lots of people on the internet are using English as a second language and it would be unfair to ignore them. I know that most of you reading this would probably be very good at English, but international English isn’t the same as Australian English. Depending on the answers I get for this question, I may simplify the language I use on this blog.
My blog stats tell me what countries my readers come from, but they don’t tell me about identity. A poll representing each ethnicity would be too big and cumbersome, so I’m just interested in knowing how you feel about your identity. According to the stats, most of my blog visitors are from the United States, but the States are filled with people of different cultural backgrounds and not everyone is a permanent resident. Simply knowing where you are currently living doesn’t tell me anything significant about you.
The other reason I’m interested in polling my readers is because I’m aware that blog readerships tend to be self-selecting. Does that mean my readers are people who resemble me, demographics-wise? It’s an interesting thing to explore. I am pretty sure that my circle of Anitwitter skews young, male, university-educated and socially liberal (in other words, pretty much exactly like me), but what about my blog readers? Not everyone who follows me on Twitter reads my blog and vice versa.
There’s also the question of how much my blog demographics matches up with popular anime sites like, say, Reddit. This is a niche blog, but does it cater to a demographic outside the usual suspects when it comes to anime fans? Somehow I doubt it, but we’ll see.
I’m not sure what exactly I’d do with the knowledge of who I’m appealing to, but I wouldn’t mind trying new approaches. As always, I’m open to suggestions and hearing what you think.
To finish off this post, here’s one more question… for science.