Biracial/Mixed Race Literature discussion

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message 1: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (shgmclicious) Introduce yourself here. Since I started this group, I'll begin. I'm Hannah. I am half black, half white by birth and was adopted as an infant by a Chicano and Jewish mixed family. I'm an aspiring novelist/musician and am a graduate student studying children's literature and library science.


message 2: by Mamabelle (new)

Mamabelle | 12 comments I'm a stay-at-home mom and former teacher. I am half black and half white and have a strong interest in being informed about current and past biracial literature of many kinds. I love good food, laughing and the Appalachian Mtns. My favorite genre is Southern lit.


message 3: by Tammara (new)

Tammara (tammaraaguado) | 2 comments I'm Tammara. I’m an author/wife/mother. I love a good read, especially literary fiction, and chicklit. At times a good horror novel is on the menu. A good laugh makes my day.


message 4: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Catledge (mixedme) | 6 comments Hi! I'm Tiffany, I am half black (dad) and half white (mom). I am the mother of 6 (yes six, the last two were twins!) and the self published author of, Mixed Me, a children's book. I wrote Mixed Me because there just weren't any books out there when I was a girl that covered the "being mixed" topic. I have an active Facebook page along this topic too it you want to check it out. I LOVE to read, although I will admit I do a lot of it via audio books now a days. But a good story always brightens my day.


message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Hi Tiffany, my blog BEYOND Understanding highlights books like yours. I'm looking forward to reading it! Karen


message 6: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Catledge (mixedme) | 6 comments Karen wrote: "Hi Tiffany, my blog BEYOND Understanding highlights books like yours. I'm looking forward to reading it! Karen"
Thanks Karen! I checked out your blog and am adding your book to my "plan to read" category! This looks like a great group to connect with so I am excited to have found it!


message 7: by Mamabelle (new)

Mamabelle | 12 comments I'll check out your book, Tiffany! Thanks for sharing.


message 8: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Thanks, Tiffany! I'm posting a review of your book on my blog now. MIXED ME would make an important (and very sweet) addition to any child's or school's library. I'll be donating my copy to my daughter's school. Cheers from Denver, K.


message 9: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Catledge (mixedme) | 6 comments Karen wrote: "Thanks, Tiffany! I'm posting a review of your book on my blog now. MIXED ME would make an important (and very sweet) addition to any child's or school's library. I'll be donating my copy to my daug..."

Karen! Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed it! And I love that you are donating it to your daughters school- I do want its message going out to lots of children. I have been sending it to libraries all around! I will post your blog on my Fb page! Thank you so much! I found lots of great resources on your blog page and appreciate all your blog posts!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi All,

I am African-American, but I'm in an interracial marriage. My husband is Hispanic and our daughter is biracial.

My platform topics center on Diversity and Bullying issues. I love children of all races and believe they should love themselves and have deep-seated empowerment as they proudly self-identify.

My two children's chapter books, "No Tildes on Tuesday" and "Clique, Clique, STOP" both have a biracial protagonist telling her story of trying to fit in, and later doing something about it.

I've wanted to write books for some time, but I was sparked to get going because one person stated to me that children who are mixed WILL have psychological problems. It's funny how such a narrow-minded, negative comment got me sparked enough not to tarry any longer.

I've also written two journals, "Affirmation Daybook: Journal" and "Diversity Daybook: Journal." In addition, my daughter and I co-created a little girls diary titled, "Guess What? Dear Diary,"

I can go on and on here, but if you are so inclined, and when time permits, please visit my website to learn more about me, my work, articles, blog post, videos, diversity activities, and more.

Website: http://www.BooksThatSow.com

Author Motto: Love is the key to Diversity!


message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Nice to "meet" you, Cherrye! Cheers from Denver, K.


message 12: by R. (new)

R. Jamaal | 4 comments Hello there.
My name is Jamaal and I am biracial. I am doing a literature review on biraciality for my doc program and stumbled across this discussion board. Looking forward to the enlightening conversations and nuggets to be build upon.

If you have any empirical studies/information on biraciality/mixed race experience, toss them my way!

I am trying to refocus the negative Tragic Mulatto gaze into a positive 'toolkit' for the currently changing globalized world. Any and all info would be helpful.

Have a splendid day!


message 13: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Jamaal, Best wishes on your review. I wish I did know of such a study and could help on that front. I imagine very few have been done. Cheers from Denver, Karen


message 14: by Thien-Kim (new)

Thien-Kim (thienkim) Jamal, I recommend you check out Dr. Marcia Dawkins' books and papers: http://www.marciadawkins.com/


message 15: by Thien-Kim (new)

Thien-Kim (thienkim) I jumped before introducing myself!

I'm Vietnamese American and my husband is black. We have two kids and I started my blog I'm Not the Nanny www.imnotthenanny.com as a way of sharing my experiences raising biracial/mixed race children and how I'm trying to navigate passing on both mine and my husband's culture to our children. I also share on the site multicultural children's books (picture books)for my readers. I'm excited to have found this group!


message 16: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Hi Thien-Kim! I've seen your reviews and have heard a lot about Dr. Dawkins. So much to learn! Off to check out your blog, which I think I may have visited before. My (currently neglected) diversity blog is called BEYOND Understanding (http://sustenancescout.blogspot.com).


message 17: by R. (new)

R. Jamaal | 4 comments Thank yall for the info! I have. of course, rethought my strategy. I will not be trying to revalue that which has been devalued (see Nancy Fraser or Iris Young). I have now focused my interest (which is constantly evolving since I am such a newbie scholar). I am more concerned with monoracial parents and how they teach their children to be biracial, or as society would see them, black. Thien-Kim, I am off to read your blog!
Thanks again everyone.

If you are a monoracial parent of a biracial child, what concerns do you have? How have you been able to teach your child the subtleties of being racially perceived as black in a white world knowing your child's identity is not simply this one or that one.

Anything in this vein would be helpful and allow me to hash out my ideas as they are generated. Thanks again!


message 18: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Jamaal, This is a fascinating aspect of many multiracial families. Many of us turn to children's books when our kiddos are little. This post reflects on one such instance in my family: http://sustenancescout.blogspot.com/s...


message 19: by Thien-Kim (new)

Thien-Kim (thienkim) Jamaal, this is a constant discussion among my friends with mixed race children. I think that because how society views race is ever evolving, so must the discussions we have with our kids. Because my husband is black, I have different things to discuss with my daughter versus my son. Here are a couple of blog posts where I address my concerns as a parent about that:
http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2012/03/...

http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2013/11/...

HTH!


message 20: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Thien-Kim, both those posts are incredibly insightful. Thanks so much for providing the links. Jamaal, you'll learn a lot by reading blogs written by moms with mixed-race families. Many of them, like Thien-Kim, are amazing writers.

Thien-Kim, I didn't know you lived in Syracuse at one point. That's my hometown. My husband grew up there too, but was pulled over most often when we lived in Nashville. Luckily this has not been an issue (knock on wood) here in CO, possibly because he's not a young black guy driving a sports car anymore. So discouraging that the U.S. can still be such a dangerous place for young black men. Your son (and daughter) are lucky to have you and your husband for parents. It really does take extra awareness, effort, and sensitivity to discuss these issues with your kids.


message 21: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Lee | 5 comments Hi Everyone. I'm Sherry Lee. I have been writing about identity for over 35 years. My blog is blog.sherryquanlee.com which is in terrible need of updating, but I've been busy writing my memoir LOVE IMAGINED: a mixed race memoir. It will be published some time this year.

I am older than younger, so my stories may have a different slant than those of most of you. But I am interested to know if things are different, and if so how, since I grew up in the fifties/sixties.

I am Chinese and Black but grew up passing for white.

I am excited to participate in this group.


message 22: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Your story sounds fascinating, Sherry!


message 23: by Josef (new)

Josef Lemoine (josef_lemoine) | 3 comments Hi, I'm Josef. My dad is White and Hispanic. My mom is Filipino. I used to refer to myself as a mutt but now I say I've got hybrid vigor. (Thanks, Key and Peele.)

I write for theme parks and resorts for a living. I'm working on my first novel for fun. I think people who read are rad and folks with hybrid vigor are the future. Much love.


message 24: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Lee | 5 comments Karen wrote: "Your story sounds fascinating, Sherry!"

Thanks, karen. I think my story is different for two reasons, I'm older so history plays an important part, and my mother was passing for white. But I am very interested in how younger people understand their multiracial identities. My children don't talk about it much. Unless there is some kind of incidence.


message 25: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Lee | 5 comments Josef wrote: "Hi, I'm Josef. My dad is White and Hispanic. My mom is Filipino. I used to refer to myself as a mutt but now I say I've got hybrid vigor. (Thanks, Key and Peele.)

I write for theme parks and reso..."


Hi Josef, I like "hybrid vigor"! Have fun writing your novel. Are the characters "hybrid."


message 26: by R. (new)

R. Jamaal | 4 comments If you decide to send it out for a review, I am a young scholar looking to write a published book review. We could help each other out!



Sherry wrote: "Karen wrote: "Your story sounds fascinating, Sherry!"

Thanks, karen. I think my story is different for two reasons, I'm older so history plays an important part, and my mother was passing for whi..."



message 27: by Josef (new)

Josef Lemoine (josef_lemoine) | 3 comments Hi, Sherry. Thanks. My protagonist has hybrid vigor for sure.


message 28: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Josef wrote: "Hi, Sherry. Thanks. My protagonist has hybrid vigor for sure. "

Josef, I saw Key and Peele live at the 2012 Mixed Roots Festival. If you can get to LA in June for the 2014 Mixed Remixed Festival, I would highly recommend it! http://mixedremixed.org


message 29: by Josef (new)

Josef Lemoine (josef_lemoine) | 3 comments I live thirty minutes from LA, so that's awesome. Thanks, Karen!


message 30: by Thien-Kim (new)

Thien-Kim (thienkim) If anyone is interested, I just put together a book list that celebrate mixed race families. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I can feature them in my next round up http://www.imnotthenanny.com/2014/03/...


message 31: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Josef wrote: "I live thirty minutes from LA, so that's awesome. Thanks, Karen!"

Josef, I would reach out to author Heidi Durow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky) for more info on the festival. It's held in Little Tokyo in the Japanese History Museum complex.


message 32: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Thien-Kim wrote: "If anyone is interested, I just put together a book list that celebrate mixed race families. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I can feature them in my next round up http:..."

I saw this list yesterday! So glad there are more titles like this out these days.


message 33: by Thien-Kim (new)

Thien-Kim (thienkim) Have you been following the #colormyshelf twitter convo?


message 34: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Catledge (mixedme) | 6 comments Thien-Kim wrote: "If anyone is interested, I just put together a book list that celebrate mixed race families. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I can feature them in my next round up http:..."

Hello Thien-Kim! I would love to be included in your booklist! I would be happy to send you a complimentary copy of my book, Mixed Me. Best way to get your address is for you to check out my facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/mixedmom and you can send me your address if you would like a copy.

I totally relate to your "I'm not the Nanny" page! Ha ha, I get that ALL the time being a brown skinned mother (I am 1/2 black 1/2 white) but have blond and blue eyed twin girls among my brood of six kids.


message 35: by Karen (new)

Karen Carter (karendegrootcarter) | 21 comments Thien-Kim wrote: "Have you been following the #colormyshelf twitter convo?"

No, but it sounds good! Will definitely check it out. Thanks for the heads up!


message 36: by Toni (new)

Toni Williams | 4 comments R. wrote: "Hello there.
My name is Jamaal and I am biracial. I am doing a literature review on biraciality for my doc program and stumbled across this discussion board. Looking forward to the enlightening co..."


Hi Jamaal,

Below are some links to studies and other info you may find useful for your literature review. The first one has a downloadable PDF. If you have any problems downloading, let me know I can email you the PDF.

Also, I published a novel that deals with that subject from a Caribbean perspective. You can check out a free copy from Smashwords if you wish, just use this coupon code when you check out; AK96G

Here are some reviews of the book:

US Review of Books: http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Fo...

Self Publishing Review: http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/b...

Anyone else who wishes a copy, please feel free to help yourself. Smashwords: AK96G AK96G

Skin pigmentation, biogeographical ancestry and admixture mapping http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordp...

Mixed race people in Emancipation-Era Jamaica: http://scholar.library.miami.edu/eman...

Global Mixed Race: http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordp...

Britain: More mixed than we thought: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-15164970

Brits believe mixed-race people are the 'most attractive and successful' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec...

Multiracial Identities in Trinidad and Guyana: exaltation and Ambiguity http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordp...


message 37: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Lee | 5 comments R. wrote: "Hello there.
My name is Jamaal and I am biracial. I am doing a literature review on biraciality for my doc program and stumbled across this discussion board. Looking forward to the enlightening co..."


Jamaal, good luck with your review. I am interested in how much history you will include because as I say in my book my life hasn't been tragic but it certainly has been traumatic at times, lol! One of my fav books is CLAIMING AN IDENTITY THEY TAUGHT ME TO DESPISE by Michelle Cliff.


message 38: by R. (new)

R. Jamaal | 4 comments Tony wrote: "R. wrote: "Hello there.
My name is Jamaal and I am biracial. I am doing a literature review on biraciality for my doc program and stumbled across this discussion board. Looking forward to the enli..."


What GREAT info Tony! I was turned on to race relations when I read "Race and politics in the DR" "The Black Jacobins" and "Black Odyssey." Race relations in that part of the world is VERY intriguing.

Could you send me a pdf of your work as I cannot access it through the link? R downey @ Umass. edu


message 39: by Toni (new)

Toni Williams | 4 comments You're welcome.

My apologies, I actually forgot to include the link to the book. For a free download use this code: AK96G https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

I will also email you a PDF.


message 40: by M Floyd (new)

M Floyd | 1 comments Hi Everyone!

I have enjoyed following this message board for a while. I am the white (biological) mom of three biracial children, and I am always looking for children's books to share with my little ones. There is such a depth of knowledge on this board, I wanted to invite everyone to come and vote on this goodreads list:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5...

I want the list to be as comprehensive as possible. I'm not an author, myself. Just a mom that wants her kids to see positive depictions of kids like them in the books that they read. :)


message 41: by Mirta (last edited Jan 10, 2015 03:46PM) (new)

Mirta Trupp Hello everyone. I'm glad to have found the group! My grandparents were Russian (Ukrainian) Jews who immigrated to Argentina- escaping the 'pogroms' and escalating violence prior to the Russian revolution. My parents immigrated to the United States fleeing a Peronista government and raging Antisemitism. I was "too white" to be Latina. Too "Latina" to be Jewish. Not quite Russian; not quite American...

Some people might think that a memoir about a particular culture or faith would only attract a specific group. On a deeper level, of course, we are all human beings; we can relate to various universal themes such as tradition, assimilation, acceptance and personal growth. When readers can see beyond the label and see themselves, that’s when the author has truly accomplished something of worth. Once you peel away the labels, whether they are self-inflicted or imposed by society, you end up with the human experience and that makes for interesting reading.

This is a story about a girl on a journey, how she finds a place for herself and comes to terms with her heritage and culture. I hope you take a look at it.

With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes


message 42: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Lee | 5 comments Sherry wrote: "Hi Everyone. I'm Sherry Lee. I have been writing about identity for over 35 years. My blog is blog.sherryquanlee.com which is in terrible need of updating, but I've been busy writing my memoir L..."

UPDATE: LOVE IMAGINED: a mixed race memoir is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards! http://thefriends.org/events/mnba/ blog.sherryquanlee.com


message 43: by Medea (new)

Medea Kalantar (goodreadscomhoneycake) | 3 comments Hello my beautiful souls,

I’m a first time author and in the process of self publishing 2 of the 5 children’s books I have written and I wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Medea Kalantar, I’m a Reiki Master and Practitioner, and the author of a new children's book series called Honeycake.

I was inspired to write these books as I’m about to become a grandmother. My stories are all based on my own family, whose members come from many ethnic backgrounds. This unique mix is a perfect recipe, and it’s the reason why I call my grandchildren my little Honeycakes.

My first book Honeycake - A family of Spices introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love.

The grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren “Honeycakes” while she teaches her granddaughter how to bake a honey cake.

Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background.

This charming book also includes a recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to bake your own delicious batch of honey cake with your Honeycakes!

With more lovely stories to tell, Honeycake will be followed by a series of books. Each one tells valuable life lessons and gives parents and children the tools to overcome obstacles in their everyday lives.

These books will teach children how to do random acts of kindness, have honest and open communication, and practice gratitude. Children will even discover how to meditate and manage their emotions when things don't go their way. I wrote these stories to help young readers count their blessings and to share positive messages.

I am passionate about my books because it will help parents teach their children to become more balanced, kind, grateful, honest people and will help them manage their emotions when things don’t go the way they hope. I always say there is no such thing as wining or losing, there is only wining. You win when you reach the goal you wanted to achieve or you win by learning a very valuable lesson. It’s all about perspective and how you look at things. This is what I try to teach through my stories.

My vision is that my books would be in all the schools as part of the curriculum. How amazing would it be for our children to learn how to meditate, live in gratitude be honest and be rewarded not only if they win a race or competition or if they got an “A” but by showing compassion and doing random acts of kindness. How much more of a better world we would live in if we didn’t focus on everything we don’t have and be grateful for all the wonderful things we do have. Giving children these valuable lessons at a early age, will help them grow into happy adults that aren’t stressed out and live with a healthy mind, body and spirit.

We all come from many different cultural and religious backgrounds but we are all one race. The human race. We are all one.

Sending you blessings of Love and Light.

In Warmth,

Medea 🙏🏻💖


message 44: by Medea (new)

Medea Kalantar (goodreadscomhoneycake) | 3 comments Hi everyone, I’m a new self published author for a children’s books series called honeycake. My first grandchild will be born next month. This is why I got inspired to write these books. I know that if we instil these valuable lessons to our youth at an early age, we can shift the universe into a positive direction.
Blessings of Love and Light
Medea
https://m.facebook.com/Honeycake-Book...


message 45: by Medea (new)

Medea Kalantar (goodreadscomhoneycake) | 3 comments Hi everyone,
My book is available online if you’re not in Canada click below

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0228810531/...

If you’re Canadian

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0228810531/r...

As a first time Author would love your support and reviews.

Thank you 🙏🏻💖

In Warmth

Medea


message 46: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice DeSoprontu | 3 comments Hi all, I'm Beatrice. Jamaal I did similar research for my undergrad degree. Did you ever hear of Paul Spickard? His books are dated but they do go back to some original sources. One that showed a genuine slave runaway poster that read something like "Wanted Run Away Slave Toby: blonde hair, blue eyes - could pass for white" - it was a very non-ironic example of the extremes hypodescent.


message 47: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice DeSoprontu | 3 comments Not surprisingly, my book VICES/VIRTUES focuses on race and in particular the relativity of race. For example, Justine is mixed race Italian and Kenyan, but as her uncle explains - in Kenya people consider a mixed race person like her, to NOT be African (The Barack Obama exception aside) and classify them as European. (The opposite of the States!)

The book which is funny, racy and philosophical also focuses on the fact that Justine and the main character Cristela, work in an S&M dungeon - so if sex of any kind (it's explicit but usually funny) is off putting then this is not your book. However, if you want something that talks about the complexity of race and ethnic belonging then I would suggest you give it a read. Thanks Beatrice

https://www.amazon.com/Vices-Virtues-...


message 48: by Alessandro (last edited Jan 07, 2021 06:16AM) (new)

Alessandro | 1 comments Hi everybody!

I am Alessandro and I write from Rome, Italy.
I like to say I was born between two “Souths”, since my father came in Italy from Africa – aka the world’s south – and my mother from Naples, Italian south.
Born and lived since now among different worlds, skin colors, traditions, cultures and so on. This was also what moved me to write my first book. It was an illustrated children book telling the story of an imaginary kid named Sunset, son of Darkness and Light. It was my first theatre monologue too.
I forgot to say I am an author, storyteller, theatre actor and director and I am very interested in other experiences of being mixed.

Have a nice day,

Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher


message 49: by Komal (new)

Komal  Khan (kokokiki) | 2 comments Hello everyone, I'm happy to be in this group and looking forward to reading any recommended literature.
I'm Komal and I'm a British, mixed Gypsy/ Pakistani 33-year-old currently studying health and human science at university. I enjoy reading fiction from POC authors, horror, feminist-friendly sci-fi, health, and nutrition books.


message 50: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice DeSoprontu | 3 comments Hi Komal, my daughter is "roma" (gypsy) - do you mind if I ask from which country?


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