'Transracial' white Florida man says he identifies as Filipino

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He's even gone so far as creating a Facebook page and community for other people who believe that they are not the race that they have lived with.

'My family knows about my transsexuality but they don't know anything about this, ' said Ja Du who did not elaborate.

Tampa-based psychologist Stacey Schreckner said she had not encountered a client wanting to change their race. Dolezal was born a white woman but said she identifies as black.

That brings up another major change with Ja Du.

Ja Du claims he realised he was born in the wrong race after learning more about Filipino life, saying that he was drawn to the country's food and traditions from an early age.

The issue of transracial-ism has been floated before when in 2015, Rachel Dolezal, then the president of a local NAACP chapter, was revealed to be a white woman pretending to be black.

"And, as long as it's not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don't see a problem with that". Eventually, he started to consider himself Filipino, down to owning a tuk-tuk in homage to his fascination. "All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it", Dr. Schneckner told WTSP.

Scheckner added to WTSP that detractors should be more understanding: "I think before we get offended, we need to take a step back and think about what is the harm".

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But, with someone making such drastic changes, Scheckner does think they should speak to a professional.

She said, "I work with a lot, in my 15 years, a lot of transgender people". Ja Du wants to adopt the "cool" cultural things associated with being Filipino without ever experiencing the adversity of living in dark skin.

He also told USA TODAY he identifies as transsexual and is considering changing his gender as well, which he has spoken to his family about.

Your race can make you more marketable and in some cases eligible for certain benefits, jobs and scholarships.

Some wonder if he's identifying as Filipino to get things he wouldn't as a white person, the station said - but Ja Du said that's not the case.

If we are to dump that definition, what's to stop anyone wanting to take advantage of racial preferences from changing their race on a whim?

Du agrees. "I think if you're unhappy with who you are and you change yourself for the better and that makes you happy, you know, go for it", Du said. Okay-I might exaggerate a little bit, but that's pretty much the story of the main antagonist.

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