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David Strathairn (Scottish, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, Portuguese, English) [American]

David Strathairn (Scottish, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, Portuguese, English) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
David Strathairn (Scottish, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, Portuguese, English) [American] Known as: Oscar Nominated Film, TV & Theatre Actor (Nomimated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing...
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Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


The country is slowly becoming more like a "rainbow," according to a new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research called "The Next America".

 

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Four of these five groups are very mixed in their racial heritage. 
 

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Intermarriage among people of different races is increasingly common. In 1980, just 7% of all marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity.  
In 2010, that share has doubled to 15% of all new marriages in the U.S. Hispanics (26%) and Asians (28%) were most likely to “marry out,” compared with 9% of whites and 17% of blacks. - Pew Research
 

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Raise the questions

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by Starlette McNeill


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Raised in the South, questioning authority does not come standard for me. It is not how I was taught; neither adults or God are to be questioned. It was understood and I never entertained the possibility. The mere thought I considered to be heretical.

But, the thought came to me. And I was also taught not to be rude so I entertained it.

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Baby Gammy and the Sexual Politics of Mixed Race Asians

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[Australia] Separated twin sister, Pipah, with Wendy and David Farnell (bio father)


by Sharon H Chang

A couple years ago young Thai mother Pattaramon Chanbua agreed to be a surrogate for Australian couple David and Wendy Farnell. It was a disaster.

Last week Thailand legally banned commercial surrogacy, which is now a criminal offense.


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I always try to remember these children in the work I do. I consider them my brothers and sisters, part of my diaspora. Though sometimes distant in miles (sometimes not), our histories are nonetheless connected, fates intertwined, stories interwoven. I know in working to hear the experiences of their lived lives I can better understand my own and the life I now live with my family. Certainly I often find we have more in common than I would have ever thought. My hope is you can join me too in thinking about the painful patterns - the system - I have unveiled here; in sitting with the discomfort, reflecting on your connections to something that most refuse to even look at. There is so much to be gained from seeing and so much lost from leaving anything behind.

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There are train wrecks all the time, but the trains keep running.


Surrogacy laws need to be written to include background checks and written so that no one is allowed to take advantage of the other.


Surrogacy needs to be win-win or no deal.


PS - half way down the article there is a horrific revelation if you haven't guessed that already. better sit yourself down for this one.


I asked myself how the dad ever got out of jail, then I realized - white privilege.


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White House staffer Leah Katz-Hernandez is a pioneer on the reception desk

White House staffer Leah Katz-Hernandez is a pioneer on the reception desk | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


By Pablo Manriquez 


In the West Wing of the White House, Leah Katz-Hernandez communicates with the first couple in a way that few others, even the president’s most trusted advisers, ever do.


Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf, is the new receptionist of the United States, or what those in Washington like to abbreviate as ROTUS (a play on POTUS – president of the United States). She grew bicoastal, raised by a Jewish mother and a Mexican-American father in Connecticut, frequently visiting her father’s family in California.


After working in the Chicago headquarters of Obama’s re-election campaign, she moved to Washington, D.C., and was hired as an assistant in the first lady’s office.


“It was my first week on the job,” Katz-Hernandez, 27, told Fox News Latino. “I was having lunch at my desk when a staffer from the West Wing came by and said, ‘I want to introduce you to the First Lady.’ The next thing I know the First Lady is standing in front of me. She said, ‘Hi, my name is…’ and then she finger-spelled her name. It was really a wonderful moment. I knew I’d arrived in a great place and felt really motivated to work hard for her.”


In her new job as ROTUS, Katz-Hernandez gets to welcome all of the president’s guests to the West Wing. “I make sure that everyone is happy, and everyone feels welcome and has a nice experience when they come into the West Wing lobby,” Hernandez said through a sign-language translator. “I also manage the Roosevelt Room and Ward Room, as well – you know, managing the relationship with the Kennedy Center with regards to the president’s box.”


At the White House, Katz-Hernandez has access to an interpreter to help her do her job.


“The White House is really a model for accessibility for people with disabilities – and especially for deaf people,” she said. “I believe my story sends a good message about the abilities of people who are deaf and Latino to be successful anywhere."


Her first two weeks as ROTUS were a whirlwind. “Already I’ve had so many opportunities to meet people in the West Wing lobby,” Katz-Hernandez said. “It is inspiring to see the mix of ordinary Americans and powerful people coming in to see the president.”


“During my first week when 'Humans of New York' photographer Brandon Stanton” – who started a fund to try to raise money for Motts Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn –“came in with Vidal [Chastanet] and his principal, [Nadia] Lopez, I saw American people doing good work and making an impact. Just days later, I saw Chancellor Merkel of Germany come in for the bilateral meetings. Seeing the president with Chancellor Merkel – the two of them together – was really humbling. I felt honored to be there in the West Wing when world leaders meet.”


Katz-Hernandez puts her father at the top of the list of people who inspire her.


“My father was born in California, in the Los Angeles area. He grew up on horse ranches. He worked hard, put himself through college, and earned his PhD. He’s always taught me it’s very important to give back to your community,” she said.


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Immigration Reform: US To Give Work Permits To Spouses Of Foreign Tech Workers

Immigration Reform: US To Give Work Permits To Spouses Of Foreign Tech Workers | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The spouses of skilled workers with H-1B visas will soon be able to receive work permits of their own.
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Progress


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Artist Fred Wilson describes how growing up as only Black child in all-white school has influenced his art [VIDEO]

Artist Fred Wilson describes how growing up as only Black child in all-white school has influenced his art [VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Fred Wilson blurs the line between art and curating by designing a museum exhibition space in Sweden that reorients archeological pieces to create new contextual meanings. “I would like to think that objects have memories, and that we have memories about certain objects,” he says. “A lot of what I do is eliciting memory from an object.” Mounting tear-shaped black glass drips on a white wall, and later creating prints of black spots, Wilson reflects on how he was “shunned” as a black child in an all-white school. “A lot of my project is trying to understand the visual world around me,” he says. “What is me, and what is something that the rest of the world has said I am?”


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Fresh Off the Boat - Pilot Episode FREE on Amazon


From Amazon


"It's 1995 and 11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang has just moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. They quickly discover things are very different there. Orlando doesn't even have a Chinatown..."

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Y'all, you can watch the Pilot episode of Fresh Off the Boat for free on Amazon. You have to press the gold "Buy Free SD" or "Buy Free HD" button to watch it.


After you watch it, please let me know your thoughts about it in the comments below.


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Are Mixed Race Asian/Whites, "Basically White"?

Are Mixed Race Asian/Whites, "Basically White"? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


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"Silencing is a major way in which the hierarchy remains intact and racial injustice prevails. One of our greatest struggles then in undoing racism is learning how to receive the stories of others non-predatorily and with true attempt at understanding. That means as we struggle to hear and honor the stories of people marginalized by this construct, we should always be careful about telling anyone their oppression is unreal or untrue. Remember the practice of silencing is what oppressors have done for -- well practically ever. Let's not use the oppressors' tools to keep oppressing. There are many stories within the story of "race" and they all matter. We can't ever know the whole picture if we aren't willing to see its many component parts. And if we can't see the whole picture, it will be near impossible to make things better."


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Why it took approximately 6 billion people to create you [VIDEO]

Why it took approximately 6 billion people to create you [VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


With more diversity

  • People can have over a million unique ancestors going back just 20 generations.


With less diversity


Over centuries

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Listen to one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting explain her love for America

Listen to one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting explain her love for America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"Growing up in America has been such a blessing."
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My Mom is a Foreigner but Not to Me by Julianne Moore

My Mom is a Foreigner but Not to Me by Julianne Moore | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


I love this book so very much 
I can read it ten good times 
She represents a child’s experience 
With such cool, catchy rhymes 


This book by Julianne Moore, primarily written in ABCB rhyming quatrain stanzas, is a first person narrative from the perspective of a dozen different children, which talks about the varied experiences of a child living in the U.S. with a mother from another country. The illustrator, Meilo So has chosen a “framed” illustration style which, other than the fact that it leaves a lot of white space on the page is successful at providing images for many different aspects of the “story” simultaneously.


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How The Peanuts Comic Strip Got Its First Black Character

How The Peanuts Comic Strip Got Its First Black Character | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
In contrast with the other characters, Franklin has the fewest anxieties and obsessions.

— Charles Schulz
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Also see 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle


 
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Why Chinese moms want American babies

Why Chinese moms want American babies | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Pregnant Chinese moms are flocking stateside to give birth, because they want their kids to have a U.S. passport.
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Interesting how this article doesn't mention the disparaging term thrown at Latino babies (anchor baby). 

But of course some racist person in the comment section goes there. 

 

Will a racist ever use the term 'anchor baby' with European immigrants? 

PS - Note the term 'flocking' that CNN uses. Is that disparaging?
 


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Can you believe these two 18-year-old girls are TWINS?

Can you believe these two 18-year-old girls are TWINS? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
With one sister boasting fair skin with ginger hair and the other having darker skin with curls, you may find it hard to believe these two are twins
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This article is the best!


You can see the sisters are the same height, same body shape, same body width, same arm length, same leg length, same almond shaped eyes, same heart shaped head and similar nose.


Thank you for sharing Weather Anchor Mama!


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‘Fresh Off the Boat’: A Sweet Father-Son Fiction - COLORLINES

‘Fresh Off the Boat’: A Sweet Father-Son Fiction - COLORLINES | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By Julianne Hing


"Are my unabashedly positive feelings about “Fresh Off the Boat” colored by a desperation to see Asian faces on television? How much is due to the fact that it genuinely makes me laugh? Then again am I only laughing so hard because the Huang family reminds me of my own Chinese family? Is it possible that this show really is as good as it seems?


That’s what I’ve been asking myself the last four weeks that ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” has been on the air. As the show continues, and I continue to laugh, I’m no better able to answer those questions today than I was a month ago. Mine is an incredulity born of a lifetime of jaded pop culture consumption where crap TV is the norm and Asian invisibility is the standard. Last night’s Episode 6, “Fajita Man,” was no different."


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Zendaya Speaks Out After Her Dreadlocks Are Criticized at Oscars

Zendaya Speaks Out After Her Dreadlocks Are Criticized at Oscars | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
E! hosts declared that she probably "smells like patchouli oil," or "weed."
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Zendaya responds beautifully to a mean spirited remark about her hair, and gets tens of thousands of Retweets and Favs. 


Giuliana Rancic put on blast by Twitter. 


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As diversity increases, will U.S. be more or less politically divided?

As diversity increases, will U.S. be more or less politically divided? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The United States is rapidly transforming into a more diverse, more educated and older nation. Gwen Ifill talks to Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute and Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress about a special collaborative report that analyzes the implications of these changes and what they mean for American politics.
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These Are Apple's New, Diverse Emoji

These Are Apple's New, Diverse Emoji | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Apple has today delivered a new beta of OS X to developers that comes with a major new feature: diverse emoji.


A tipster sent in these screenshots of the new emoji palette found in OS X 10.10.3. ... click and hold on any emoji to change the skin tone. The same emoji are appearing in iOS 8.3 beta 2 as well.

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Kudos to Apple.


However, the yellow skin looks ridiculous. No one actually has yellow skin like that. 


My prediction, in their next revision they will let you change the hair color. Then in the next revision after that they will let you change the hair texture


Thank you to @LatinaLista for the news article. 


@MxUSlife  


cc @1neDrop @mixed_race humanae.tumblr.com


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America is #BuiltByImmigrants

America is #BuiltByImmigrants | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
#BuiltByImmigrants features stories by immigrants who have made a difference in America, whether through starting companies, or contributing significantly in an industry.
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By Glenn


This is a fairly new national group fighting for (im)migration reform.


Tweet or contact your local rep to keep the progress moving forward here
http://app.fwd.us/legislators


You can also join our monthly meetings at a local chapter. 

http://www.fwd.us/chapters


Without (im)migration, there is no Mixed American Life.


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Curly Kinky Hair Business - Lyric's true story: "Good" hair

Curly Kinky Hair Business - Lyric's true story: "Good" hair | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
This story was sent by Lyric and speaks for itself. When one is taught that there is such a thing as "good" hair.
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Part Asian-American, All Jewish?

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After years of dealing with doubters, one writer examines the lives of other people with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage, and what that means for their faith.
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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


I fell in love with this book the moment I saw it. The cover itself featuring the entire Loving family in a close embrace, seemingly on Dad’s lap as Mom and Dad exchange a gaze as warm as a hug, emanates warmth and makes me feel a sense of strength and belonging. Right now I let my four-year-old interpret the illustrations and make her own story but I have cleared a center space on one of our bookshelves to present this book and look forward to the day when I will read my daughter the words. Written and illustrated by an interracial wife and husband team—Selina Alko and Sean Qualls— who include their own short bio of being an interracial couple at the end of the book, the narrative weaves the sensitive story of the Loving family from the perspectives of Mildred, Richard, and their children with the harsh facts of U.S.America’s racial history. While the narrative portrays some aspects of the love story between Mildred and Richard, as children read the images and/or words of this picture book, they will connect with the Loving children through the cozy illustrations and narrative lines like “Donald, Peggy, and Sidney had two parents who loved them, and who loved each other.” The third person omniscient narrative voice switches from the children’s perspective to the parents’ to a compassionate voice detailing as delicately as possible, the disturbing realities of Reconstruction Era, Jim Crow, and other racist laws of United States’ history.


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Perfect post for Valentines day :D 


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Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop

Fresh Off the Boat’s Rocky Relationship With Hip-Hop | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Is Huang’s real-life relationship with hip-hop too complex for sitcom television?


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I was okay with the OJ stuff. 


It is not fair to blame the writers of this show for denigrating hip-hop. The denigration of hip-hop has already been done  by the record studios. 


What we need to be watchful of is if the writers are going to use the 'model minority' stereotype to push down African-Americans - which already happened at least once on the show. 
 

Flaws and all, the show is good to keep the dialog open on race relations. 
 

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I watched the trailer for the pilot of this series and I thought it was absolutely hilarious, I am concerned about how it exposes Chinese immigrants, but I can also see this show being a stepping-stone towards eliminating any existing racism against the Chinese—if that makes sense.
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Infatuation

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Art by Cheyan Lefebvre


"Do you mind? 

I've never seen anyone so soft and so fluffy and so pink..! 

But I'm sure you get that all the time, don't you?


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4 Important Rules for White Men Dating Black Women

4 Important Rules for White Men Dating Black Women | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

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I wish I could say that I’m surprised and appalled by the ignorance that white men tend to show when they approach me, but I’ve come to expect it. While white men are not the only group to hold racial biases and stereotypes against black women, they tend to be the least informed on the racialized and gendered issues that black women endure.


White men have the privilege of not having to actively think about their intersections of race and gender, which is starkly different from black women’s realities. White men navigate society with relative ease while black women are teetering on the precarious margins of race and gender that they do not have the privilege to ignore.


This is not a game to us, nor is it something we can ignore.


Our race and gender affects the way we carry ourselves, and this uncomfortable mindfulness is something that white men simply cannot relate to. While it may be hard for two people from widely different intersections of race and gender to understand each other, it’s not impossible once the more privileged party (in this case, the white guy) is able to recognize their shortcomings and how the intersections of race and gender affect every aspect of a black woman’s life.


A white man must be willing to work toward a better understanding of how race and gender intersect differently for everyone, and he must also be prepared to speak out against the injustices that their partners will endure.


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The Microhistory of Racial Identity and Racial Passing in the U.S. and Mexico in the Early Twentieth Century

The Microhistory of Racial Identity and Racial Passing in the U.S. and Mexico in the Early Twentieth Century | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


The U.S.’s obsession with racial purity
, which reached its apogee in various “one drop” laws in the early 20th century, came about at the same time that Mexico was increasingly viewing itself as a mestizo nation composed of peoples of mixed racial descent. The juxtaposition of two such apparently different racial regimes across a mutual border is, I would argue, no accident. As Ellis’s life demonstrates, both nations were going through profound experiences of reconstruction in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and they came to define themselves in large part against one another. At the same time, ironically, both nations used peoples of African descent as the “other” who set the limits of national belonging, albeit in quite different ways. If in the U.S. African Americans were subjected to segregation and second-class citizenship, in Mexico, Afro-Mexicanos were erased altogether through a process that defined mestizaje (mixing) as occurring solely between Europeans and Indians. I thus make no claims in my study as to whether one nation was more racist or tolerant than the other, for it seems to me that each posed their own unique problems for peoples of African descent.


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Thank you for sharing Steven Riley @mixed_race 

http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/?p=39857 
 

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