It’s far too early to think about this (if my boyfriend is reading, don’t get any ideas) but I do wonder…what will my kids look like? My friends like to tell me i’m going to have Asian children…but that’s clearly not true, I’m not Asian. They’ll be half Asian and half white. They may however look more Asian than white, and that does make me wonder just how different they will look from me.
So what colour will their hair and eyes be? In my head I always assumed they would be blonde, but that is unlikely to happen now thanks to my boyfriend’s genes (unless I leave my boyfriend or they dye it). To explain why, it’s time for a (very simplified) lesson in genetics – the only thing I managed to remember from GCSE Science.
Everyone has 2 genes relating to hair/eye colour. There are two types of gene (in my simplified version); B and b. If we just focus on hair colour then:
B = Brown/Black hair
b = Blonde hair
You will get one gene from your Mum and one from you Dad.
B is dominant, meaning if you get a B gene from a parent, you will have brown hair.
b is recessive, meaning while you may not have blonde hair, your child could.
I have bb genes as I have blonde hair. My boyfriend has BB genes as he is Asian – pretty much all Asians will be BB.
The graph above shows my genes, bb, and my boyfriends genes, BB, and what will happen if our child gets one gene from each of us. As you can see, the only result is Bb. As B is dominant over b, this means our children will have black/brown hair. The same works for eye colour. Brown eyes are dominant over blue.
In my situation, however, the children would become carriers of the blonde hair gene, meaning there is a possibility of blonde haired Grandchilden (thinking way too far ahead now!!!)
Of course there are always exceptions, but the chances of anything other than a dark haired, brown eyed child are about 0.1%. I never did like science…
So that is how colour comes about, but what about the facial features?
From the majority of the photos I have found, it seems that the half Asian/half Caucasian children have quite large eyes but slanted like an Asian. The nose, mouth and facial shape seems to vary between mother, father or a mix of the mother and father. They also seem to have fair, Caucasian skin and a Caucasian facial shape. The general view of Asian/Caucasian mixed race people is that they are very attractive!
Of course it is different for everyone and the degree as to which a person looks like one race or the other can change. Looking at celebrities as an example, Keanu Reeves, Ne-Yo and KT Tunstall are a quarter Chinese, and Kristin Kreuk and Eddie Van Halen are half Chinese. It’s not always obvious!
Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk is half Chinese
I found this website called MorphThing. You can put in a photo of yourself to see what your baby would look like if you had one with various different celebrities that they have loaded onto the site. You could also put in your own photo, so I decided to try it with photos of me and my boyfriend. This is the result.
Kinda scary! (Probably should have found a photo without glasses too). I decided to put in photos of my Mum and Dad to see what the baby looked like, and the boy and girl version didn’t look a thing like either myself or my brother, so I’m fairly sure my child will not look this this!
So in conclusion, I’m probably going to have a little Caucasian child with Asian eyes and brown hair. But it’s far too early to be thinking about that anyway!
…I wonder what names would be good…
Images: itsxandy.tumblr.com, weloveinterracial.tumblr.com, morphthing.com