Monday, June 20, 2011

Mr and Mrs Hannah Yeoh

After reading and experiencing so many things negative, how Mr and Mrs Hannah Yeoh was denied their rights in the registering process of their offspring, broke my already bad proverbial camel back.

I decided I had had enough of Malaysia. I wanted to be, American citizen.

I looked for eligibility and well, ok.

Knowing that the US has no official ID Card, I proceeded to gather what constituted an ID and this is the procedure and simple form from the California (Liberal what. My kinda place.) DMV (watch a lot of dick shows on telly) for my ID.

You see "due to its commonality, the de facto (I hate that de fcto word though) official identification card for adults in all states is the driver's license".

Hmm. So far so good. No race issues.

Then I wondered whether anybody would have a problem like the Yeohs, Mr and Mrs of course. I managed to get this birth registration form and race disclosure is only for office use. Still, the registering officer will ask for the parents' race.

See! They don't ask for the newborn's race. Wait a minute. If Mr and Mrs Yeoh had a kid in the US, will their kid's race be American. Must be I guess.

Me the couch potato and watching those movies always seem to hear dicks say "check social security" and its an ID Card too!. Wow this is great. If you plan on paying your taxes and getting a credit card ie.

Over there "in the absence of a national identity card, the Social Security number has become the de facto national identifier for tax and credit purposes". Whoopee! No CTOS!

Right, here's the social secuity application form. Alamak, got race issue.

Phew, voluntary lah. Oi, dengar tak? V-O-L-U-N-T-A-R-Y.

But why even though "the information you furnish on this form is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested information may prevent us from issuing you a Social Security number and card."?

Hairan betul. Cannot be, right? This is US of A. So, must be ok. No need to tell race.

Better not take chance. I will put race, American. Better make sure got such thing.

Reading this I blur already. What the hell?

"The minimum categories for race are now: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and White. Instead of allowing a multiracial category as was originally suggested in public and congressional hearings, the OMB adopted the Interagency Committee's recommendation to allow respondents to select one or more races when they self-identify."

If Mr and Mrs Yeoh, cannot put their daughter's race Malaysian? Got only Asian. So, must use Asian as race? Cannot be Black, right? And got no Yellow. Definitely not White. Aiyah dunno lah.

Must find way out for Mr and Mrs Yeoh.

Aaah. Here got, see.

"The U.S. 2003 revision of the standards for vital certificates recommends the following race and ethnicity categories, which are in principle the same as those for the 2000 decennial census, with minor wording changes. Both the 2003 vital certificate standards and the 2000 decennial census questionnaires incorporated the 1997 revision of the OMB race and ethnicity category definitions, albeit the below go well beyond the OMB minimum requirements.

1. Hispanic Origin
No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino
Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano
Yes, Puerto Rican
Yes, Cuban
Yes, other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino (with space to write in group)

2. Race
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native (with space to write in principal tribe)
Asian Indian
Other Asian (with space to write in race)
Native Hawaiian
Guamanian or Chamorro
Other Pacific Islander (write in race)
Other (write in race)"

Disappointed there also got race issue.

Never mind. Mr and Mrs Yeoh can write in space provided in other Asian. My case, something like DLL. I hope they don't ask Mr and Mrs why not Asian Indian or Chinese. Then argue again.

By the way I wonder what this meaning

"..recommends the following race and ethnicity categories"

Race or ethnicity? Blur blur.

Now ready to apply for citizenship.

Found the form. Waaaah! So many things to fill ah?

How to answer some of these questions? Must be honest lo. If not penalty of perjury, need Loyarburok.

How to swear? I don't believe in God?

What fucking cheek ask whether I am a part of terrorist organisation. Shit.

Sigh. Mah Fun. Forget it. But that citizenship application form,

"15. Have you ever committed a crime or offense for which you were not arrested?"


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Snuze said...

OMG, I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair reading this.

There is nowhere on earth that you have a country with no race issue. As borders become more and more permeable, the issue of ethnicity becomes more and more sensitive.

I mean, look at France and the UK. For all they expound about being colour blind, try being of Moroccan descent and walking in the high streets if you are not dressed in haute couture.

Love it, man. Great post. Keep up the good work.

*thumbs up*

Freddie Kevin said...

Dear Snuze,

Thanks for the very kind comments.