A stupid question but I have to ask it

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Hi all,

So I am applying for Ph.D in a few universities. In the application form I am asked for my ethnicity. I am an Arab (Egyptian) but I can't find such ethnicity in the list to choose from. What should I choose ? I think I am not black nor white and definitely not Asian or Hispanic. Should I just choose 'other' or are Arabs considered one of those ethnicity ?

Sorry if the question is stupid, but I really need an answer

Thanks
 

Evo

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Your race would be white, or black depending on your family tree, but your ethnicity would be Arab.
 
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Your race would be white, but your ethnicity would be Arab.
Thanks !

I don't really understand the difference. The application asks only about ethnicity not race. So, is it better to choose white or other ? I am afraid they consider me as providing misleading information if there is no agreement about this.
 

cobalt124

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Is it compulsory to fill in? You may not even have to. If you do I would just tick other and give a description you prefer if there is a space provided.
 
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Is it compulsory to fill in? You may not even have to. If you do I would just tick other and give a description you prefer if there is a space provided.
Well, it is compulsory (the application wouldn't proceed to the next checklist unless answer is provided). Also there is no space for description.

I think I am just going to write 'other' as you said.
 
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Would it be African-American?
 

lisab

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I believe Arabs are considered Caucasian.
 
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Would it be African-American?
I am not American. I am of course African in the geographical sense but I am not sure if this is the same as ethnicity.
 

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Well, it is compulsory (the application wouldn't proceed to the next checklist unless answer is provided). Also there is no space for description.

I think I am just going to write 'other' as you said.
Other may be the best option since there is no telling what the person you end up dealing with believes.
 
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I believe Arabs are considered Caucasian.
It seems that you are right. However, I just checked 'other' in the list to avoid confusion. Thanks
 

Evo

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Then the term is really a misnomer. I wonder what necessitated this euphemism for black.
 
i forget what i put on my university application this time. it's not a question we are required to answer. well, at least the answer can be "no answer". i think i might have put "other" this time, but "none of your g.d. business" may have been it, too.
 
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i forget what i put on my university application this time. it's not a question we are required to answer. well, at least the answer can be "no answer". i think i might have put "other" this time, but "none of your g.d. business" may have been it, too.
:rofl:
 
i forget what i put on my university application this time. it's not a question we are required to answer. well, at least the answer can be "no answer". i think i might have put "other" this time, but "none of your g.d. business" may have been it, too.
That's exactly how I feel. When I was applying to summer internships, answering the question was optional for all except for one. On that one I just picked "other" even though one of the others better described me.

On the census, I picked "other" and wrote in "human." I don't understand everybody's obsession with race.
 

cobalt124

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i forget what i put on my university application this time. it's not a question we are required to answer. well, at least the answer can be "no answer". i think i might have put "other" this time, but "none of your g.d. business" may have been it, too.
My preferred answer too.
 

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Egypt is geographically considered caucasion.
It may depend who is doing the considering. The recent UK census split ethnc groups into two levels. The top level groups were
White
Mixed/multiple ethnic groups
Asian/Asian British
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
Other

Each group had several second-level options, plus a "write-in" option.

"Arab" was a second-level option under "Other"
 
I always end up being a million different things for these surveys. >.>
 

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