Asian Americans Take A DNA Test

Asian Americans Take A DNA Test


(tinkly music) – Today, we are getting our DNA tested to see where our ancestors are from. – Many of our coworkers have done this before and have gotten wild results, and we wanted to see if this might apply to some of our Asian-American coworkers at the company. (techno music) – My folks have always been really private about our family history. Not only were they private about it, I felt like they’d go out of their way to even hide stuff from me sometimes. – My family is really open to talking about our Filipino heritage. – They have never really told me even where in China I was from. They’re just like, “China.” – My mom and dad always talked about our immediate family. Aside from that, we don’t really interact with aunts, uncles, cousins, or any of that. – We can’t trace my family history back that far. – Now, I think that’s because they actually don’t know too much, either. – The things they told me, I’m like, “Is that real? Are you sure?” (tinkly music) ^- The Philippines has always been conquered ^by various other cultures and countries. ^So it’s kind of hard to say what real Filipinos are. ^According to my dad, we came down ^from the mountains, so we weren’t as conquered. ^- I’ve always believed my whole life ^that I was 100% Korean. ^- And my parents have always said ^my family’s from China, but then ^my parents were born in Vietnam, so Chinese. ^- And my parents have always told me that I am 100% Indian. ^I started thinking that I might have other genetic codes ^in my DNA because my mom was born with blonde hair, ^and then she has an uncle with blue eyes and blonde hair. ^- My parents had always told me I was Vietnamese. ^Recently, I found out I was part French. ^- Southeast Asia is a bit of a melting pot. ^I was raised to believe that I am 100% Lao. ^I don’t think I’m a 100% Lao. ^- And my mom is Japanese, and my dad is white, ^and I found out that my great-grandfather ^was adopted, so who knows? ^- And I’m 50% Chinese and 50% Scottish and Irish. (techno music) ^- As a first guess, most people do think I’m Korean. ^- When I was in the Korean market, a older Korean lady ^started asking me things in Korean. ^- It’s weird because my dad, he works ^as a mechanic, and his client sometimes thinks ^he’s white, which is also very odd. ^- They’ve never guessed anything other ^than Indian or Persian. ^- I would get Chinese, Thai, and sometimes Filipino. ^- I’ve heard Filipino. ^I’ve gotten Chinese. ^I’ve gotten Thai. ^I’ve gotten mixed race. ^People think I’m half Lao, half white. ^- I get Latina a lot, Native American, ^Native Hawaiian, Filipino. ^Usually people are surprised when I ^tell them that my mom is Japanese. ^People think I’m Latino. ^A lot of people just come up ^to me and start speaking Spanish. ^I went to China; some people still ^didn’t think I was Chinese. ^Breaks my heart because I grew up ^in a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese family ^eating Chinese food almost every day, speaking Cantonese. ^I’m a mixed race guy. ^Sometimes you feel like you belong everywhere, ^and sometimes you feel like you belong nowhere. ^- It’s hard to say what does Japanese look like, ^and what does Asian look like? (techno music) – So we got these little kits from 23andMe. – And we’re going to spit in a tube. Mm. (techno music) Wow. – Mail this out. (techno music) ^Because of history keeping in the Philippines, ^and not a lot of access to those records — ^- And I’ve always wondered what my lineage was. ^Bloodlines is a really important thing in Korean culture. ^- I am hoping to find out whether there ^was some mixing back in the day, or there wasn’t. ^I just honestly hope that I kind of get ^this understanding of who I am. ^My entire family is really pale, and I’m tan ^Why am I tan? ^- As an individual, it is nice to feel proud. ^- My family, this is also information ^I can share with them, too. ^- So I just got married, and I’m really hoping ^when I have kids, I can tell them what they are. ^- It will be a way to bring my family closer together. ^My grandmother passed away. ^She was our family matriarch, and she was always the one ^to pass down stories about our family ^and our family’s history, and now that she’s gone, ^I want to keep that conversation going. – So I really hope that with this DNA test, feel like I really, truly do belong somewhere. (techno music) – So it’s been a few weeks. – We’re gonna get our DNA read ^- My name’s Jhulianna Cintron. ^I’m a senior product specialist ^on the Customer Care Team at 23andMe. It can confirm what you already know, or it can totally surprise you. (cheering) – I’m so excited. – According to my mom and my dad, we are full Filipino. – Ray, you are not 100% Filipino. ^Pretty close, though, 99.1% to the Philippine. ^You do have 0.8% Iberian DNA. ^What is that? ^Which could be Spain or Portugal. ^That makes sense. My dad wasn’t exaggerating when we came down from the mountains. I haven’t been this proud about being Filipino in a while. – He’s gonna have a flag on his desk. – No, I know. – I hear you think you’re 100% Korean. Is that correct? – I think so, yeah. ^- So you are 100% East Asian, 97.3% ^Korean. ^- Wow. ^- 1.2% Chinese, and 1.2% Japanese, ^0.3% broadly East Asian. ^- That’s all in his DNA? ^- Yeah. – I feel good about it. I’m proud to be Korean. It feels good to be validated. – Are you now more fond of pot stickers? – Yes, and gilgai, for sure. – I’m pretty sure I’m 100% Chinese, that’s all. (laughter) – You are not 100% Chinese. ^You are 92.2% Chinese, mostly from mainland China. ^You are 7.5% Vietnamese. ^- Oh. ^(exclamations of surprise) ^- What? ^I literally always just tell people ^I’m culturally Vietnamese. I think it does make me feel more connected to my Vietnamese side. It does make me want to go to Vietnam. I’m going to have to go learn to read in Vietnamese. I just kind of picture my arm as Vietnamese. That’s how I kind of… I’m splitting myself up. – Well, I know my relatives are from India, and when my mom was a baby, she had golden hair. I know the north, in general, there is mixing, I just don’t know if that mixing affected my family. ^- You are 100% Indian. ^- I mean, at the some time, I’m still like ^why the hell does my great uncle ^have blonde hair and blue eyes? ^It doesn’t affect me and the way I live my life. ^I’ve been raised Indian. – I think it’s also cool to compare with your siblings because siblings share 50% of their DNA, and so your results are expected to be similar, but not exactly the same. – Well, my parents always acknowledged that we were just Lao. I assume that means 100% Lao. – Because you look pretty mixed. – That’s the thing; I get that a lot. – I thought you were mixed this whole time. ^- You are 100% East Asian, broken down ^into 79.8% Thailand. ^(exclamations of surprise) ^- What? ^- That is mind blowing. ^- Are you ready for the other percentage? ^- Oh, yeah, do you know … ^I didn’t even know there was another percentage. ^I’m still too in shock. ^- So you are 19.8% Chinese. ^- That’s a big — ^- That’s a big chunk. ^- One match strain with Taiwan. ^- I think I’m still processing it all, ^and there’s just many levels to my shock right now. ^It feels like my identity’s been changed. I had never considered being Thai at all. It’s gonna be a lot of fun information to give my parents, and then, maybe, hopefully, one day, claiming my rightful place in the Taiwanese government. (Laughter) – I’m pretty sure I’m mostly Vietnamese. ^There is some French in me. ^- Broken down into 76.4% Southeast Asian from Vietnam, ^20.8% Chinese, ^and 0.7% broadly East Asian. ^2.1% broadly East Asian and Native American. ^Let’s take a look. ^- What? ^- Wait, did you just say Native American? ^I’m not even a little bit French? ^I’m talking to my mom tonight. – It’s important to keep in mind that just because you don’t have this particular ancestry in your DNA doesn’t mean that your family history is wrong. You inherit 50% of your DNA from each of your parents, so it could just mean if there is French DNA, you just didn’t inherit any. The best way to see this is to have one of your parents geno typed. – I am mind blown. I don’t know if I can handle this right now. I didn’t even think I could be a little bit Chinese. That’s a part of me that’s so uncharted. – You like pot stickers more than Gene. – Yeah. My family is going to be nah, that’s all wrong. I’m like, I spit into a tube. – I’m thinking 50% Japanese, 50% British. – [Kane] What’s that smile? (Laughter) ^- You are 49.5% Japanese, 0.3% Native American. ^- Oh. ^- Oh, interesting. ^- 0.4% Broadly East Asian. ^The European is 48.8%, ^but you are not just British. ^- Oh, okay. ^- 21.9% French and German. ^- Oh. ^- 21. ^- Ah, bonjour. ^- You’re more French than Kevin. ^- Oh, my God, Kevin’s gonna be so sad. ^- Our British and Irish reference population, ^you have 19.1% the United Kingdom. ^You also have 2.2% Scandinavian ^and 4.6% broadly Northwestern European. ^You also have 0.5% West African. ^(exclamations of surprise) ^That’s so many different regions. ^- If you were ever looking to travel based ^on your DNA, you have a lot of places to pick from. – So you said that I was 0.3 Native American? Does that mean I have a Native American ancestor for sure? – It’s in your DNA because it was passed down to you from some ancestor. We’re looking at the last 500 years. There are people that might not see Native American ancestry in their DNA. It doesn’t mean that the family history that they know about themselves is not true. It just means that in terms of DNA, they just didn’t get any. – I’ve always just thought I’m half Chinese and half Scottish and Irish. ^- You are 24.2% ^French and German. ^- What? ^Are you serious? ^(laughs) ^That’s insane. ^Oh, my God. ^- And 22.9% British. ^You have 4.1% broadly Northwestern European DNA, ^which is where your Scottish ancestry could also be. ^- All right, let’s talk the Asian side now, ^and please tell me my life is not a lie, ^and that I actually am Chinese. ^Otherwise, I’m totally gonna freak out. ^- You’re 47.1% Chinese. ^- Yeah, my life is not a lie. ^- And then you do have 1.3% Southeast Asian. ^- What? ^That is just mind blowing. ^This really explains why I’ve had sort of ^this connection to France that I couldn’t explain. ^- So after finding out that I was ^100% Indian, I was still curious as to whether there was any mixing at all. My mom took a DNA test, and it turns out that she’s 7% Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, and 4% Scandinavian, so there was some mixing. I just didn’t get any of that DNA. Still cool to know. – I kind of came into it thinking that my parents were private because they don’t want to talk about it, but now I kind of get a sense that they’re private because they just don’t know. – You very often identify with where you were born or where your parents were born. 500 years ago, you don’t have records. You’re not into genealogy, then there’s no way that you would know. There’s a difference between your ethnicity and how you identify and then your genetics.

100 thoughts on “Asian Americans Take A DNA Test

  1. 100% indian? What does that even mean? Indians are a diverse lot, people from different parts of India look VERY different from one another.

  2. DNA, ah-ahhhh, diromati unaninanirika.
    Yes, I changed the lyrics of the song, I just wrote what I heard😂
    OnLy ArMyS

  3. I always thought that I was part Filipino, part Chinese, and part Spanish, but what do I know? 🤷‍♀️

  4. OMG the 70% Thai guy kept saying 'Taiwanese'! That's a totally different country dude! Like seriously learn geography it's Thailand not Taiwan ugh

  5. The pure indian seem like she was a bit down that she wasnt from many places (I mean like 3 or more) I guess she just wanted to feel in and not left out by being 100% indian

  6. I’m asian and i did this test and the thought or desire to be more than 0% european never crossed my mind 😂 i guess that’s what i get for being a well adjusted asian american haha

  7. this video is a year old but as an asian who grew up with parents who aren’t very progressive, I can somewhat understand why the vietnamese guy wanted to be european so badly since vietnamese parents teach their kids that being white is “better”

  8. Wooooow, almost 100% Filipino wtf, most Filipinos living here in the Philippines are not even close to 80%

  9. I'm white, my parents and grand parents are white yet a lot of people say I look east Asian, maybe I need this test 🤔

  10. In middle school, someone came up to me and asked if I was asian, I was born in the US to Mexican-born parents,. I do wonder if my family is part asian since some of my relatives have asian looking eyes. I know that my grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents are born in Mexico, we might be part Spaniards as well, who knows?

  11. You honestly must be a fool if you think you are 100% of something when thats scientifically not possible most of the time

  12. People think I'm half white and half Pakistani but I'm 100% Pakistani but it could be that I have some Mongolian blood 🤔

  13. For a long time I always thought I was 100% Hmong but I heard from my relatives that it's possible that my family was involved in some mixing, so I potentially could have some Lao, Thai, and Chinese DNA in me. I want to try out that DNA test but at the same time I don't trust the government 😂😂

  14. That woman is a fine clue to how white people ruled India for hundreds of years.

    P.S : I'm of 100% Indian gene pool too.

  15. imagine wasting ur money to find out your 100% of what you already knew. thats why my mum says no point I know we are 100% like the girl

  16. Burmese : The least known Asian culture. If you are Burmese you will understand they you have gotten every single perception of Asian cultures.
    “Oh your Chinese right?”, “You look Japanese”, “are you Filipino?”.

  17. yall, stfu about the Indian girl
    I am cracking about the Filipino guy that said
    "You're more french than Kevin!!"

  18. "I'm hoping to find out whether there was some mixing back in the day or there wasn't."

    You do realize that your country was colonized. So THERE IS GOING TO BE "SOME MIXING".

    On another note, she's being so desperate on having that white heritage.

  19. He is Filipino and he doesn't know what Iberian is?🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  20. The Indian woman, she is coming across as though she's not too proud of her Indian ancestry alone. She is so adamant that she's got white within her ancestry. Why on God's green earth, is she so damn hung up on her white ancestry & what's she truly trying to prove here? What's her true modus operandi? The funniest part, she's inherited NO European genes at all! haha I mean, ok, the Indian race, especially more so in Northern India, are of the Indo Aryan race, which means strong genetic connections to Europe & yes, this i know, is scientifically proven/true, HOWEVER, she has not inherited any European at all. Her Mum apparently has, but it's such a tiny amount anyway. She keeps talking about her Mum's golden blonde hair as a baby & her Uncle's blond hair & blue eyes. Seriously, arrrgghhhh, yuck!! She makes me sick to my stomach. Lady, just be totally proud of your Indian ancestry & your parents & grandparents ancestry & don't make a fool of yourself via national tv. Even with her Mum's tiny amount of European dna, yes, her Mum is obviously part white, but a very small part, so she & her Mum, shouldn't be too hung up on the European within her Mum's ancestral family. They can certainly be proud of it, but don't be too hung up, bec ultimately, they're Indian born/bred. I hate people who try to dismiss what they really are & try to take on a new race, just bec they find out they've inherited a small percentage of that preferred race. In her Mum's case, a total of 11%. Broken down as 7% Irish/Scottish & 4% Scandinavian. Finally, she says it doesn't bother her at all, YET, she's made a REAL point of honing in on her Mum's "white" ancestry & yes guys, she wants the world to know! For me though, how do we really know, if she's even telling the truth, regarding her Mum's part European, dna results?! I would seriously like to see that!

  21. Idk, my mom, grandma, and myself all got dna tests done from three different places and got three different results….

  22. for the people who had more than 15% European or another race its not hard to tell that their mixed even without the dna results but for the people who were not it was pretty obvious they were pure blood

  23. Indian girl: "But golden hair and blue eyes-"

    DNA lady: "Shut up and take this 100% Indian DNA"

    Indian girl: "I'm telling my mom"

  24. Go and make love to yourself!
    Everybody should know by now that this kind of tests are BS.
    The only scientific are the methods they use, but the way they apply them and how they draw conclusions are not.
    But its a nice business model: first they get payed by their customers, and then they make money with the free DNA samples.
    Congrats f*** morons!

  25. Filipinos, you should know that the Japanese destroyed hospitals and churches in their conquest in WWII. Those places had – HAD – ancestral records that were burned by the Japanese soldiers under orders from their commanders because it is a strategic tactic to demoralize the conquered peoples right down to their roots. Tracing your history just became more difficult.

  26. Since when can you pinpoint what country someone is from from their DNA hahaha humans share like %99.9 of their DNA

  27. Im asian im hmong its not a well know language and us hmongs lived on the mountains and hmongs were separated some when to Australia and some went to Britain so i could be so many things i can be laos, thai, and Chinese i can be all those things

  28. Well DNA🧬 tests are at most 30% wrong from what I’ve noticed. Different companies give different percentages and ethnicities. I’m everything😉🤣

  29. Interestingly enough the map for "Broadly East Asian" on the 23 and me site matches up perfectly with the territory of a certain "Mongolian" warlord

  30. Not sure why everyone is hating the Indian girl in the comments. She had a doubt which she didn't get an answer to, she wasn't trying to be white or anything. These trolls I tell you.

  31. yo, it’s pretty normal to have light hair/eyes if you’re 100% north indian. it’s not just a mixing thing. (the aryans lol) i’m indian and all but one of my sibs and i have green eyes. one of them has lighter brown hair.

  32. 9:40 boi getting told of his European ancestry while the pure blood Indian girl looking at him wishing that was her result😂😂😂😂💀

  33. Indian girl: my mom is 7% Irish and Welch and 4% Scandinavian.
    DNA, YouTube audience: NO you are 100% Indian.

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

  34. I would never have guessed that Mia was half Japanese. Michael also doesn't look mixed race. I'm saying this as a half English half Chinese woman!

  35. I bet if I did this. I would probably be more than 80% Chinese and some percentage of Mongolian. If I was the descendant of Genghis Khan I would be surprised as hell. But, We haven't found his body yet so no DNA

  36. Mia is i think a descendant of a european conqueror during invasions who travels and slept with women where ever they go,,, if you are a european you expect to have mix blood because of too much invasions and wars hundreds of years ago among european countries according to history

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