I think it is in our human genes to want to classify and determine origin of all living things. Just consider Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, etc.

I am a white man aged 74 born in Buenos Aires. My father was from Manchester and my mother was Manila-born with Basque, Spanish and a smatering of Chinese. When I was sent to a Catholic boarding school in Austin Texas in the mid 50s I was in my own class. I was white but I spoke Spanish. I spoke Spanish but I did not look Latino. I spoke very good English (no Texan accent). For pretty well five years I was neither and anglo nor a Latin (they were called spicks!).

When I moved with my wife Rosemary and two Mexican-born daughters to Vancouver from Mexico City in 1975 I was perplexed by people who looked Mexican who spoke no Spanish. That was my first contact with Canadian First Nations people.

I find that I am very interested in where people are from, particulary in my city of Vancouver which is a 21st century melting pot. I find that the easiest way to deal with my curiousity is to tell people, “I am Argentine. Where are you from?” When you are my age you are full of “useless”facts. Not two days ago I was chatting with a man at a computer repair shop. He was from Pakistan. He smiled when I asked him (on purpose), “Are you from West or East Pakistan?”

I don’t judge people by their colour. I am just curious. I believe that is a good thing.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward de Irureta Goyena, Reyes, Roxas, etc.

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at:http://t.co/yf6BbOIQ alexwh@telus.net

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