My baby girl is of a mixed race/ethnicity background, specifically I am Asian of Filipino heritage and my husband is Australian (Caucasian).
I have always thought that the term Half-caste was extremely impolite, if not downright offensive, and yet I am continually surprised at how many times I hear this description particularly since my baby was born 6 months ago. I hear it both from complete strangers (she does attract a certain amount of attention when we are out and about - as do all of your gorgeous bubs, you know what it is like!!!) and even from well meaning family members. "Oh, half-caste babies are so cute..." etc. and ..."Look at her, she's adorable I think she might be half-caste, am I right?"
For me, as a general rule of thumb...if the person clearly does not mean to be offensive, (and it is just a case of them being politically incorrect and maybe just a little ignorant) I try not to take offense, although I struggle when I hear this term.
Because of the (seemingly increasing) number of times I am hearing this I am wondering....Has the term "half-caste" evolved to become something not so offensive these days? (Similar to how some would argue that the use of the word "wog" has shifted since the 80's).
And am I being over-sensitive?