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Ancestry Anonymous 226699

Did anyone take something like a 23andMe test? If so, what heritage did you find? Were you shocked at the results? Are you satisfied with your ancestral evaluation? If you discovered that you have an ancestry that's merely less than 10%, would you still identify with it? Are there any other thoughts you have about this?

Anonymous 226700

No, it's a money scam lol.

Anonymous 226716

I'd rather do one of the health ones

Anonymous 226767

>If you discovered that you have an ancestry that's merely less than 10%, would you still identify with it?
Personally no. I would just identify with what I was raised as, regardless of what my ancestry results tell me. For instance I'm half one ethnicity and half of another, but I continue to call myself by the cultural identity I was raised in without change.
>Were you shocked at the results
Nothing about my results shocked me though. Pretty much ended up as what I expected BUT it connected me to a new family member I never met before and we got to meet (she was around my age). I don't regret the experience. It was a nice shock.

Anonymous 226861

Anonymous 226862


I just read that a private company used AI to scrape 30 billion Facebook pictures to create a facial recognition program for law enforcement. there is no escape from the tech dystopia

Anonymous 226869

That and these tests aren't even accurate kek

Anonymous 226875

Yeah it's easy just get the fuck off social media

Anonymous 226900


I-i'm half german! I swear!

Anonymous 226918

I wouldn't, because I don't like the idea of a company owning my DNA in perpetuity.
And maybe this is a European Vs American thing, but I think the idea of "identifying" with a remote ancestry is kinda weird if you have no tangible cultural connection to it. I know for a fact that I have some distant English ancestry, but I don't go around calling myself "English" or saying I'm an "English-[insert my nationality]" woman because
English is a cultural group I just don't belong to.

Anonymous 226931

I agree with you. Honestly, I think it's rather retarded when Americans claim to be all these different ethnicities just because of their super great grand relative. From what I've seen, it pisses off a lot of non-Americans when they do that shit. Americans will seethe and screech that they have the right to call themselves "Italian, Irish, or German" or whatever, when they don't even research or participate in the culture. They seem to confuse ancestry with ethnicity.

Anonymous 226932

I am a European mutt (as in a mix from ethnicites from Europe from North to South, East to West). That much I already knew, but I guess it's interesting seeing all the different pieces. I correctly identify as European mutt.

Hello, Brazilian nona!

Anonymous 226944

Pretty much 50/50 Iranian/Mesopotamian and British/Irish. I figured out pretty early on my mom lied about who my dad was, considering I was born several shades lighter than anyone in my family, with blonde hair and green eyes; the test was just to nail down where he came from. Just months later as I searched for him I found a record which noted red hair, green eyes, military service in a British colony and his last name starting with O' so the test really wasn't needed to get the full picture.

I've always been kept on the outside of my mom's ethnic identity because of my immoral parentage, but I feel much closer to it than the vague association my dad has to his. It doesn't really change anything for me, except that if I want to do anything for uni or with the government, I use my full name and suddenly positions and funds open up that didn't exist before. Meanwhile, for work I shorten my name, used my dad's half of my new hyphenated last name and stopped using makeup/dyes, then suddenly people don't walk on eggshells around me and I get invited to international projects I was never even told about before.

Anonymous 227145

Are you Kurdish, Armenian, or Assyrian?
Kind of difficult to understand that since the last time Iraq was occupied by the British was over 50 years ago.
How did you know who your dad was if your mom lied about it?

>then suddenly people don't walk on eggshells around me and I get invited to international projects I was never even told about before.

I relate a lot. I am also Iranian-Iraqi raised in the west far from anyone of my background and kind of obviously muslim/middle eastern from my appearance, the constant exclusion from britbongs and westerners both in my professional career and when im just trying to go about my life kind of sucks.

Connecting with my heritage is nice though it helps a lot when you meet someone from your own background who can help you up. I started learning persian and arabic and got pretty good at it. As a result, I met iranian and iraqi people in my institution, one is a cute boy in my program and he helped me land my current job.

It kind of opens up a lot of possibilities to you that were shut off to just being westernized yet still excluded from being truly western. Not to be cheesy but it feels like I unlocked a secret power and I have a lot of people of my own background and experience I am now close with that I couldn't connect with before. It helped a lot to ground me as a person and finally feel a sense of identity rather than trying to always be "in" with europeans who generally consider us with a dose of spite and pity.

Anonymous 227148

I would never upload my DNA to the botnet

Anonymous 227192

Got it right first time with Kurdish. My mom tried to lie, but she lived in a pretty closeknit community, so making eyes at the cute Coalition boy doing humanitarian work and winding up mysteriously pregnant right around the time he left didn't escape notice; it just took a while before someone actually told me my dad wasn't the martyr she basically just picked out of a dedicational. Freedom of information requests became much, much easier around 2018, so I eventually found a record of forces restoring utilities in the region around that time. At that point she couldn't really deny it anymore and eventually let me contact him.

I grew up in a really toxic community that looked down on my mom for being Kurdish and husbandless after she had a slight breakdown and moved to be nearer a really fundamentalist religious community, so I spent about 3/4 of my life being rejected and persecuted until I reconnected with extended family in Iraq and discovered they were very normal, accepting people who didn't blame or shame me for things outside of my control. I've only really TRIED to learn Arabic recently so I can keep up with online communities.

I'm ashamed to walk parallel ethnicities for personal benefit, but I pay a personal cost to do it. I still see my mom, but have to undergo a transformation by dyeing or permanently covering my hair, wearing makeup with a darker pallet, dressing "modestly" and changing my entire demeanour to avoid her completely irrational anger that I'm somehow being whiter on purpose and never-ending shame from her friends and neighbours. The same applies for uni where I've seen people refused ethnic priority placements for not being brown enough. Then when I go to work I avoid makeup, dress the opposite way, never reveal any personal details and police my language so I don't let anything non-English slip, lest my entirely white co-workers and employers discover I'm not one of them and I get frozen out in a wave of racial sensitivity paranoia. The only people I can actually just be myself around are people on the internet and my dad. Maybe once I make actual friends outside of school and work.

Anonymous 227236

>I'm ashamed to walk parallel ethnicities for personal benefit, but I pay a personal cost to do it.

Why? No need to feel ashamed. You don't have to keep beating up on yourself to pay for your mother's and father's terrible and selfish mistake.

You are your own person and can have your own relationship with the ethnicity and culture you're from. No one can take that away from you. Especially if you manage to preserve and revive that heritage in your life or pass it on to future generations.

Trust me, once you start meeting people of your background IRL it gets much easier to feel less insecure about it.

In my case I felt very detached and insecure about it until my sibling got married to someone back home and ever since i've hung out with their in-laws it has given me that sense of connection. But also before that it helped a ton getting in touch with a local mosque prayer group with some Iraqi migrants in it (would be careful because some mosques have the rare crazies in them, but this one thankfully is all normal and kind people), they welcomed me with open arms. They know I wasn't fully raised Iraqi like them but it doesn't matter because we are good friends and have each other's back, plus they enjoy teaching me some of the cultural nuisances that I missed out on growing up so isolated.

As for Arabic its awesome you're learning it. If you want some resources on the Mesopotamian dialect I can upload some PDFs and send you the link here. I also have some PDFs on Sorani Kurdish and Kurmanji Kurdish but I'm not sure how useful they would be since I haven't read them myself.

Also, happy belated Newroz/Nowruz! :D

Anonymous 227355

>tfw mutt
took a DNA test and practically the whole 23andme map lit up.

Anonymous 227356

Now we can call you Ms. Worldwide.

Anonymous 232570

>giving some shady corporation in Israel full access to your genome just so you know what ethnicity to larp as online

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