Jacinta Lai (left) with another Miss India New Zealand contestant
Organiser Dharmesh Parikh said that he had also had complaints when Miss Lal took part in the Miss India NZ finals in Auckland in August and became one of two runners-up. ‘People said: “Oh my God look at this blonde girl coming to Miss India NZ, what is she doing here?,” he said. ‘Whoever these people are, they are a very small part of it. ‘This event is called Miss India NZ, with an N-Z, and I strongly emphasize that this event is not an Indian event, it is a Kiwi-Indian event, so you must have New Zealand residency, New Zealand citizenship and you must have some sort of Indian background.’ ‘It is a little bit sad, but it is unfortunate for Jacinta as well because she should be accepted into this Indian world as well because she is a beautiful Indian girl.’ Article by Daily Mail
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My friend Lauren
sent this article to me! I feel sympathy for Jacinta, that she is dealing with criticism about her ethnic background. However, people do have certain perceptions about what different ethnic backgrounds look like. It’s time to break that. It is becoming more common for inter-racial relationships and people of different ethnicities are creating families. The children of these families have different traits from each background and shouldn’t be shunned from certain social circles, jobs, contests, etc. because they don’t fit the physical stereotype. Open your minds, people!