Valter Family, 2010. Citizenship: American, German. Ancestries: African-American, American Indian, Bahamian, French, German. Languages: English, German, French, Spanish. Live in New York.

Doyle Family, 2010. Citizenship: American. Ancestries: African, American Indian, Creole, Cuban, French, Irish. Languages: English, Spanish, French. Live in New York.

Casarosa Family, 2010. Citizenships: American, Italian, Korean. Ancestries: Italian, Korean. Languages: English, Italian, Korean. Live in New York.

Chandola Family, 2013. Citizenships: Indian, Korean. Ancestries: Indian, Korean. Languages: English, Korean, Mandarin, Hindi. Live in Beijing.

Huang Rierson Family, 2013. Citizenships: American, Belgium. Ancestries: Chinese, All Western Europe except France. Languages: Mandarin, French, English. Live in Beijing.

James Family, 2010. Citizenship: American. Ancestries: American Indian, Chinese, Dutch, English, Filipino, German, Irish, Japanese, Prussian. Languages: English, French, Pidgin English (a mix of English, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino). Live in New York.

Kishimoto Family, 2013. Citizenships: Chinese, Japanese. Ancestries: Han Chinese, Japanese, Xibo Chinese. Languages: Mandarin, Japanese, English. Live in Beijing.

Snodgrass Family, 2013. Citizenships: American, Chinese. Ancestries: German, Han Chinese, Irish. Languages: English, Mandarin. Moved back and forth to China since 1999.

What We'll All Look Like In 2060

In straightforward portraits of mixed-race families, photographer Cyjo reveals how our ethnic identities evolve and blur.

Photographer Cyjo's "Mixed Blood" portraits make a frank, sweeping statement about the evolution of ethnic identity--and in particular, the melting-pot that is our families.

Taken from 2010 to 2013 in New York and Beijing, these photographs reveal how the average person is likely to look in the future. What are we, then, if we don't hew to the traditional cultural and visual cues we've longed allowed to define us? Perhaps Cyjo is saying that by marrying outside our race, we defy antiquated racial categories and in fact undermine them altogether. We'll no longer be literally black, white, or yellow, and our sensibilities won't be figuratively compartmentalized, either.

There's no doubt this is our future. In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau started letting respondents identify themselves as more than one race. And 6.8 million people did so. By 2010, 9 million people had identified themselves as mixed-race--a 32% increase from 2000. Since the definition of race is itself a social construct--geneticists say it has no basis in biology--Cyjo’s series reminds us how futile such labels really are today. (College application forms are a subject for another day.)

Understanding and being proud of your ancestry is, and always has been, important to the way we construct our identities, but when you think about how diverse we really are--consider the James's child, pictured here and identified as American Indian, Chinese, Dutch, English, Filipino, German, Irish, Japanese, and Prussian--the absurdity of organizing people around a concept as simplistic as race is abundantly clear.

[H/T Slate]

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  • This type of mixing has already existed with hispanics and latinos in North and South America since the Spanish conquest. Most citizens of southwestern United States and Central and South America are all various mixtures of indigenous and European descent.

    So the rest of the world is finally going to catch up and let go of their racial biases and prejudices by 2060...GOOD LORD THATS A LONG TIME!!!!

  • fasrcodesign ..delivering stupid article again :/ I dont know wy people even start such blogs when they can't even set the title correctly. Also why such a stupid idea is getting such a high light ? Why American look like Indians and Indians look poor.?

  • k

    in the full-screen mode of pictures, navigation don't work. is it only me or all ? i tried in Chrome, and maxthon browser

  • jspritz

    Not so sure I agree. The "we" in the cited article, from The National Geographic, refers to people photographed in New York City and Beijing. There's little evidence that people in say, Somalia or Libya or Myanmar or Indonesia or Iceland are similarly intermarrying outside of traditional groups. Perhaps, in 2060, there will be nations displaying great diversity -- and others not.

  • I agree with JSpritz. While there has been mixing in homogenized nations (as I am product of such a union), there are still areas where marrying outside social groups isn't common. All I really saw from most of this article is a bias towards educated, design savvy, attractive, city-dwelling families. This is a lovely portfolio piece for a fashion photographer, but not a reliable sample of the world population.