Ethnic Identity

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A Hindu In China

"Am I a pureblood, Mama?" My Harry Potter-inspired preteen asked me recently. My daughter, growing up in China, has asked me versions of this question since she was six years old. "What am I, Mama? Am I a Hindu? Am I Chinese? Am I an Indian? Why do I write Baba's surname and not yours?" I grew up in India and the term "pureblood" has layers of implications attached.