The way we look

When I look in the mirror I don't see what other people see. I'm just Sherene. But when I meet people for the first time, they look at me differently — and the questions begin. Sherene Hassan, Melbourne, 2010

Physical characteristics are like jigsaw pieces that make up each person's appearance. Skin and hair colour, height, nose, eye and head shape are some of the many features that we inherit.  The way we look has altered over time as our ancestors have moved and adapted to different environments.

Is it helpful then to separate human beings into races based on any single combination of physical features? Most scientists suggest not.

Yet we are quick to classify each other. Every day we judge people on the way they look.

Meet Brendan, hear his story.

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