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The Gray Area Between 'Yellow' And 'Brown' Skin

This week on "Ask Code Switch," we're looking at the nuances of who gets to call themselves "brown."
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It's time for another Ask Code Switch. This week, we're getting into the gray area between yellow and brown.

Amy Tran, from Minneapolis, asks:

Can light-skinned Asians (East Asian) call themselves "brown"? I am East Asian, and have a friend who is South Asian. She is much darker than me, and told me that because of my skin color, I cannot identify as brown. I acknowledge that even though I am not technically brown, I do face similar challenges that people under the

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