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May 3, 2011

Half-brown

Filed under: Culture,Half-brown — Razib Khan @ 11:02 am

Mother of half-brown?

In a post below Michelle opined that “we are not at war with brown-skinned people who have funny names. Like, you know, the President. Or my boyfriend. Or my future kids.” Since I have the raw genotype files of Michelle and Mr. Michelle, my initial impulse was to immediately check the 6 or so relevant pigmentation loci, and calculate the distribution of melanin indices of their putative offspring. But that will be a future post at Discover Magazine! I think I might write a script to make it easier for others. From what I recall Promethease has only some eye color estimates.

But for now, I thought it might be fun to go over well known half (or quad or less) browns.

- Benazir Bhutto, whose mother was Iranian (possibly Kurdish).

- The actress Rhona Mitra, whose paternal grandfather was Bengali

- Norah Jones. Born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar.

- Ben Kingsely. Born Krishna Pandit Bhanji.

- British American actress Nicollette Sheridan, 1/8th Punjabi.

- Food & cooking writer Harold McGee. One of his grandmothers was Indian, and introduced him to Indian cooking.

- Jawed Karim. Co-founder of YouTube. He’s a German American, in that his mother is a German national, and he was born and raised there until his early teens. But his father is from Bangladesh.

- Amar Bose, his mother was a white American.

My list is kind of American biased. Readers can offer their nominations.

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