The first case of changing one's race to gain national attention was Rachel Dolezal, a white girl from Spokane, Washington who was largely criticized for living a life of deception as a black woman. Dolezal even became president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Transracial was originally a term for referring to someone adopting a child of another race, but it is quickly becoming synonymous with someone who identifies with another race other than their own.
Ja Du grew up loving Filipino food and culture more than any other saying, "Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin. I’d watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours … nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture."