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    Half-blood

    Does 'half-blood' usually mean someone whose parents have different races i.e. my father is Chinese and my mother is Thai so I am half-blood Chinese and Thai.

    Does it make the same sense? I am not sure because I found it carries offensive meaning from some online dictionary. Someone says 'mixed-blood' and so on.

    If I can't say 'half-blood', what should I consider to say it?

    Please help.

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    Re: Half-blood

    Half-blood is an expression that means just what you describe, a person whose parents were of different ethnic origins.
    It is considered offensive (in the US anyway). If you watch old American westerns, you will hear the term used in reference to people of mixed Native American and European parentage, almost always disparagingly.
    This is such a sensitive topic in the US that many people shy away from any reference to ethnicity, sometimes to an absurd degree. However, some possible expressions are mixed race, mixed heritage, Thai-Chinese (ancestry), Asian (heritage), and so on.
    Americans are so gun-shy on this topic that you could call yourself just about anything and no one would question you. In the U.S. I would avoid expressions that use the word 'blood', though. They remind Americans of the vile laws stating that 'one drop of black blood' made a person black (and therefore not eligible for full status).
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    Re: Half-blood

    Thanks, Petra. This is very clear picture and it is great to learn more things I really have no idea before : )

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    Re: Half-blood

    See also Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The word 'half-blood' was not very common in Br English (we prefer either 'half-bred' or 'half-breed' - neither of which is Politically Correct, but which sound less offensive than 'half-blood) until J.K. Rowling came along!

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    Re: Half-blood

    Thanks, BobK. JK Rowling thing is what I was thinking about as well so I thought it wasn't offensive since she used it publicly.

    Now I get it.

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    Re: Half-blood

    Remember in JK's world there are people who are very concerned about being "pure blood" in a way that is considered very politically incorrect in modern times.

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    Re: Half-blood

    Thank you, Barb_D. : )

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