Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tomorrow Babies

I think that sounds like a positive term right? It implies what our future could hold and that we will in fact have one. 

Every now and then I randomly find some very interesting things when I'm not looking for them. "Tomorrow Babies" is one of those things. I was searching for something from Russell Peters and instead ran across an article named Will Humans All Eventually Look Like Brazilians? Of course, I had to click it. The title was too intriguing to me. 

The article had some great points. It discussed how over time (not just recently) people have sought out mates from areas not their own. First it was people not from their neighborhood, then people not from their city, now it's grown to people mating with those not even from their country. This was all related to the evolution of technology and transportation.

Because we're not mixing with more and more people of other races several recessive genes are becoming more rare. Previously half the American population had blue eyes. Now it's only 1 in 6 people that have them. So they're slowly disappearing.

Now reading all this had me thinking and I put Google to good use. I found another fascinating article in the NY Times named "Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above." There's a quote in this article I really liked lol. I think all of us could be happy about."Among interracial couples, white-Asian pairings tend to be better educated and have higher incomes, according to Reynolds Farley, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan." That's not the point of the article though. It's discussing the prevalence of mixed race marriages in the US. I can't just say intercultural marriages on this one because most Americans share similar cultures regardless of their skin color and ethnic genealogy.

I can't help but agree with this article based on things I have seen and learned in my lifetime. I know not everyone out there is seeking to mix skin colors but look at how many are. White Americans that regularly go to tanning beds or lay out in the sun so they can be more bronzed. Brown Indians that favor lighter and whiter skin tones. This is happening in many countries around the world. It's not the first time nor will it be the last a trend like this has occurred. (The first article I mentioned specifically references how in Brazil people originally wanted to mix with dark skin tones.)

The children of these mixed race unions are being dubbed "tomorrow babies." In intercultural marriages they are often dubbed "third culture kids." The concepts are almost the same with the distinction being where the parents originated, the former implying children with mixed lineage and the latter being when the parents came from two different countries.

These kids face a unique set of challenges with their identities. I don't know about other countries but in the US almost every demographic survey wants to know your race. They don't list mixes, just the standard Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, etc. Sometimes having varying versions of those 3. Then there will be the "other" category. That's where these kids fit in unless they mark multiple boxes.

What are your thoughts?
Do you think we'll all wind up being brownies?

Share your tomorrow baby or third culture kid resources with us. Here's a few I find helpful:
Third Culture Kids
Children's Mental Health Network: The Trouble with Third Culture Kids
A Home for Third Culture Kids


  1. Tomorrow there will be no babies. It will be hardcore adults.

  2. Hi Kristy,

    You've raised a good question but India has been to be quite conservative. Even though the youth in the cities and metropolitan areas are becoming more flexible, daring and open to newer risks, don't let that take you astray. Majority of the population still lives in the rural areas.

    Even the people in the cities, majority of them are still quite reserved and conservative as far as their choices for marriages are concerned. People don't even allow outer caste marriages, inter-racial marriages are a thing of the distant future.

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  3. I'm not sure I understand what you mean entirely but I think you have a point. We are raising kids to be less and less interested in human interaction, personal relationships and face to face contact. They are also having to deal with more and more issues that turn them into harder individuals.

  4. I noticed people in Amritsar are very conservative. Much more conservative than people in the cities where some of my South Indian friends live.