Just when you think you’ve seen it all, life steps in and surprises you. A confused guy in Florida abandoned sanity altogether and took to fancying himself as a Filipino woman named “Ja Du.” Yes, for reals.
Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.
Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says.
Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial. It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.
Let me get this straight. “Ja Du” has no problem letting his parents know he wants to mangle his dangle and become a ladyperson. But, the idea of being a ladyperson who thinks “she’s” a Filipino is just too much?
Homegirl seems unaware she can like Filipino food and drive her “Tuk Tuk” and still be a honky. Just because a white boy enjoys noshing on tacos and vaulting over fences, that doesn’t mean he has to don a sombrero and change his name to Miguel. Believe it or not, you can have it both ways.
Or, maybe “Ja Du” is terrified of being labelled a “cultural appropriator” for loving Filipino culture, so “she” found a loophole. If so, that’s not the worst strategy.
All in all, I’d say the slope is officially slipped. The racially-confused inmates are running the asylum. Sanity boarded the Tuk Tuk and left us. In the company of “dragon ladies” and middle-aged men with fantasies of being little girls. Welcome to the new normal.
While we’re on the subject: