The recent letter to the editor recommending that white people be called “wheat” was intriguing to say the least. Unfortunately, we were beaten to the punch a couple of centuries ago by Japanese ladies who called their complexion wheat colored (mugiiro) to set them apart from the peasant women whose complexions were darker from working in sunny fields all day.
Interestingly, Indonesians used to refer to Caucasians as red people. Pink people, a term used sometimes to make derogatory references to Caucasians, is actually probably more accurate. I hate to think of myself as pastel, although after days of working outside during this last magnificent summer I could rightfully be called coral or even salmon.
Some of my ancestors were referred to as having olive skin, but I swear none of them was any shade of green when healthy, least of all olive. As autumn settles in I won’t be outside so much, so I will probably fade to shade somewhere between wheat and rice.