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Mixed People Monday - Nikki Reed

Mixed People Monday - Nikki Reed | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The actress and singer has Jewish father and a mother of Italian and Native American (Cherokee) descent.
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humanæ - by ANGÉLICA DASS

humanæ - by ANGÉLICA DASS | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Humanæ  is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.
 

The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11x11 pixels of the portrayed´s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.


Humanæ it’s a pursuit for highlighting our subtle-continuous of our tones that make more equality than difference… our true colors, rather than the untrue Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is a kind of game for subverting our codes. The audience is free to read into it. The ultimate goal is to provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity, creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.


(All the portrayed are volunteers, people who approach to the project, visit the space in which I am portraying and decide to participate on their own by a Internet call on the Facebook page, on Tumblr ,using public spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Winterthur, Bergen, Daegu, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris and Chicago)
 
(PANTONE® Guides are one of the main classification systems of colors, which are represented by an alphanumeric code, allowing to accurately recreate any of them in any media. It is a technical industrial standard often called Real Color)
 
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And check Ms. Dass' work at angelicadass.com
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I love this project. I had a similar idea when I got paint chips from the hardware store to see what color name my daughter would be; an idea that came to mind when filling out the census and thinking about tracking race in order to track discrimination. 



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The answer to why all this talk about race

The answer to why all this talk about race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Disambiguation

Race needs to be understood in different ways, the way that ice, water, and steam are different but still all forms of water.


The  lens of society

Society racializes us. A race label is applied to us regardless of our true ethnic heritage.


The lens of sociology

Race is the label used on birth certificates, the census, and school applications. These forms require us to self identify  in order to track discrimination, a requirement since the 1964 civil rights. Race (phenotype) is based on our outward appearance, whereas race (haplotype) takes into account our whole physical identity – inside and out.


The lens of medical science

Most anthropologists describe race (phenotype) as a social construct, often used to discriminate and segregate. Whereas most medical scientists, curing diseases, describe race (haplotype) as real. Medical institutions collect data on self identified race (phenotype). As dangerous as the slippery slope of race-base medicine is, there has been success in finding bone marrow donors through race based donation drives for groups who find it challenging to find a bone marrow match for example. Bone marrow is more difficult to match than say blood. With blood there are four main types (A, B, AB, O). With bone marrow there may be as many types as there are haplogroups on the earth. The bone marrow donor database is in highest need for people of mixed heritage.


The lens of hate

Humans are tribal by nature. Wired into us is a fear of the new that we do not understand and therefore we have a fear of the other. The word for this fear of the foreign is xenophobia. There is a quick slippery slope from xenophobia to racism. Racism can quickly grow out of unchecked fears. Racism is further compounded for people who live in societies that normalize the doctrine of white supremacy. To abolish xenophobia we can start with abolishing the doctrine of white supremacy.


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Carrie Vinch's curator insight, Today, 12:14 AM

     Much like the name our parents give us at birth, race identifies us for the purpose of the local census. But what is in our name? What is in our label? Girl, boy, black, white, Albanian, or Polish all categorize different aspects that make us identifiable. However there is no box to check that says human. Humans have all the same characteristics and therefore leaves no question when a child is born as to it's species. We are first a species then a race. Race is the label used to self identify. This group or that group came from a people that are like a childs relatives. They are dark skinned and their ancestry can be traced back to Africa. Therefore they can be classified as African Americans. Americans are faceless due to the merging of immigration and ethnic groups creating children with alternative ansestry. Everything is different than it once was. You are different than you once were as well. Much like the example of water, ice and steam all being forms of water, we although Polish, male, or Black are human.          The want for white supremacy is founded in discrimination traced back to fear. The fear of things forign (xenophobia). Fear gives rise to hate or feelings of intense dislike and then racism is born. As Humans we all bleed, we all think and act on our thought, and with our thoughts we can reason and exercise judgement. Knowledge and differences give us prespective on culture and social contexts. Domination due to skin color, ethnic heritage, or gender does not seem logical.

 

 

 

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Coming Out as Biracial

Coming Out as Biracial - Human Parts - Medium


A few months ago, I not-so-subtly asserted myself as biracial while having dinner with a new coworker. “I’m a Capricorn,” she’d said. “Yeah…my mom’s black,” I responded ...


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'The Banh Mi Handbook': A Guide To A Viet-French Sandwich [AUDIO]

'The Banh Mi Handbook': A Guide To A Viet-French Sandwich [AUDIO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Food writer Andrea Nguyen dives into the story of banh mi, a Vietnamese street sandwich with a French colonial past that's been popping up on menus around the country.
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If you live in the US South West to California check Lee's Sandwiches. So good. 


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~ The Many Shades of Love ~: Interviewed by a Student in Australia... :)

~ The Many Shades of Love ~: Interviewed by a Student in Australia... :) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


I recently had a very unique interview....
Eugenia Massaquoi, a 12th year student from Nazareth Catholic College in Adelaide South Australia contacted me and asked if she could interview me for her English project regarding the topic of, "What are some of the reasons why people are attracted to different races?" What a special interview it was...
 
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‘Big Hero 6′ shows that an Asian American cast can top the box office

‘Big Hero 6′ shows that an Asian American cast can top the box office | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Big Hero 6 is a robotic sci-fi tale that revolves around Hiro Hamada,  Disney’s first explicitly mixed-heritage protagonist. Hamada is voiced by Ryan Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent himself (our friends at CAAM did a great interview). In fact, the entire film is placed in a “Hapa environment” of sorts, set in San Fransokyo, an architectural and cultural hybrid of the cities the name references.


Casting Asian Americans isn’t new to Disney, whose Mulan in 1998 was voiced by Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong and George Takei, among others.  Still, the studio has been inconsistent when it comes to this matter – the lead role in Lilo & Stitch wasn’t voiced by a Hawaiian (or an Asian Pacific American, for that matter), and we’d have to go as far back as Aladdin or even The Jungle Book to locate another Disney animation starring characters from a broader Asian origin (let’s pretend the Siamese Cats from Lady and the Tramp never happened). Among those mentioned films, the only voice actor of Asian descent was Lea Salonga for Princess Jasmine’s singing parts. So while Big Hero 6 is a fictitious metropolis which never reveals what country it’s actually in, its cultural mash-up of settings, characters and themes means it could very well be Disney’s first Asian/American film that actually stars Asian American actors.


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I love the night shot of 'San Fransokyo' with the Oakland bay bridge in the background :D


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"Check All That Apply" [VIDEO]

A thought provoking film that explores how Americans perceive multiracial people, and how multiracial people perceive themselves. Dir. by Malarie Howard
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Jennifer Lisa Vest [AUDIO]

Jennifer Lisa Vest [AUDIO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


hybrid identities, mixedness, mestiz@s, mulattos, purple people, and bordercrossers


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Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, French Canadian, German

Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, French Canadian, German | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Hello My name is Ariel and I am mixed with Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, French Canadian, and German.


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Book Review: 'The Year She Left Us' by Kathryn Ma

Book Review: 'The Year She Left Us' by Kathryn Ma | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Kathryn Ma's debut novel explores the inner world of an adopted Chinese teenage girl.


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Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America

Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Diversity Explosion shares the good news about diversity in the coming decades, and the more globalized, multiracial country that U.S. is becoming.


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HT Steven Riley of MixedRaceStudies.org @mixed_race 

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OKCupid expands options for gender and sexual orientation

OKCupid expands options for gender and sexual orientation | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Do you identify as agender, asexual or intersex? If so, OKCupid has you covered with expanded options in categories of gender and sexual orientation.
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He Put A Ring On It: Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Gets Engaged!

He Put A Ring On It: Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Gets Engaged! | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock (pictured) announced her engagement to longtime beau and New York photographer, Aaron Tredwell (pictured).  Mock showed off her sparkler and answered her betrothed’s question on her Twitter and Instagram sites by simply stating, “I said “YES!”


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Congratulations to them!!


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Handcuffed For Traveling With A White Girl


"A traveling dance troupe claims they were racially profiled by Texas cops, who cuffed the trio after suspecting something wrong with a 13-year-old white girl and two black men sharing the same car, according to a report.


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This happens to fathers with adopted children who look different and to fathers with children of mixed heritage who look different from them. 


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To The Young Woman Who Noticed Us When I Hoped No One Would

To The Young Woman Who Noticed Us When I Hoped No One Would | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
On a day when I felt like we were the worst example of family... a day when I hoped no one noticed us... she did. But she didn't see what I assumed everyone was seeing. She didn't think what I assumed everyone was thinking. She saw beauty and love a...
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Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking

Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


In their earliest encounters with Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. This was a means of describing their wealth and sophistication, their willingness to trade with the West, and their presumed capacity to become Christianized. But by the end of the seventeenth century the category of whiteness was reserved for Europeans only. When and how did Asians become “yellow” in the Western imagination? Looking at the history of racial thinking, Becoming Yellow explores the notion of yellowness and shows that this label originated not in early travel texts or objective descriptions, but in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century scientific discourses on race.


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The terms Yellow, White, Black and Red to describe people never made sense to me. I have always thought the terms are inaccurate, divisive and an oversimplification that serves only to benefit the racist doctrine of White Supremacy.   


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15 year old girl invents flashlight that needs no batteries - Meet Ann Makosinski


Inspired by friends that could not afford electricity, Ann created a battery-free flashlight that generates light from the heat of the human hand.


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http://annventions.com/?page_id=8




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Judith van Praag's curator insight, December 1, 12:45 PM

Wonderful video, the imagery shows more than the words alone. About the bright lights among us, who make life better.

The Planetary Archives™ 's curator insight, December 3, 5:55 PM

You go, girl!

OK Google, credit where credit is due.

This is pretty cutting-edge.

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Meet a Native American for Native American Heritage Month


1. Are you full Native American?
2. What tribe(s) are you?
3. Traditional or Non-Traditional?
4. What tribe are you mistaken for?
5. Which tribe do you embrace the most?
6. How was it growing up with different tribes?
7. Do you wear traditional clothing?
8. Any famous people from your tribe(s)?
9. Do you dance in powwows?
10. What makes being Native American beautiful?
11. How do you feel about Native American Heritage Month?


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Census 2020: No consensus on how to count Hispanics, Arab-Americans

Census 2020: No consensus on how to count Hispanics, Arab-Americans | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Until now, Hispanic identification has been a separate ethnicity question. Those who check off that box are asked to identify what race they are among five — white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific island.


But a growing number of people don’t identify with any of the race categories, and 6.2 percent chose “some other race” in 2010. Hispanics accounted for more than 18.5 million of the 19 million people who checked “some other race” to describe themselves.


The Census Bureau has been conducting tests and is now considering combining race and ethnicity questions. “Many researchers very much believe that Hispanic is not a race and must remain a separate ethnicity because they believe Hispanics are of many races,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to the Leadership Conference and author of “Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America,” a report released Monday.


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Martha Redbone Roots Project: The Garden of Love [MUSIC VIDEO]

Martha Redbone Roots Project: The Garden of Love [MUSIC VIDEO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


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This is from Martha Redbone's 2012 album "The Garden of Love" where she sings the poetry of William Blake. She is from Appalachia, part Black, White and Native (Cherokee, Choctaw) and so is her music, though she does sing some straight R&B (like "Boyfriehd"and "Children of Love"). In 2002 she won a Nammy (Native American music award) for Debut Artist. As maybe you can imagine, she has been on NPR.


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Crystal Chan - Chinese, Polish

Crystal Chan - Chinese, Polish | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


My dad is from Hong Kong and my mom is Polish-American (from northern Wisconsin), and I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin in the 80′s. We were the only mixed-race family I knew, possibly the only one in town, and my family never talked about race. That made things hard. When the kids at school were pulling their eyes slanty and going “Ching-chong-wing-wong!” my parents told me it was the cruelty of kids, not racism.


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Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’ - COLORLINES

Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’ - COLORLINES | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author broke it down.
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The audience was dead silent when she said there is no such thing as race. 

I bet there were confused as hell. 

'Cause they and we all know racism is real, and how can racism be real without race? 

I think when we oversimplify 'race as a social construct' - only - then we confuse the hell out of people.


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Disambiguation and the answer to why all this talk about race

Ice, water, and steam are all forms of water. Race also needs to be understood in different ways and through different lenses. 


The  lens of society


Society racializes us. A race label is applied to us regardless of our true ethnic heritage. 


The lens of sociology


Race is the label that the census and school applications require of us to self identify  in order to track discrimination, a requirement since the 1964 civil rights. Race (phenotype) is based on our outward appearance, whereas race (haplotype) takes into account our whole physical identity – inside and out.


The lens of medical science

Most anthropologists describe race (phenotype) as a social construct, often used to discriminate and segregate. Whereas most medical scientists, who are curing diseases, will describe race (haplotype) as real. Medical institutions collect data on self identified race (phenotype). As dangerous as the slippery slope of race-base medicine is, there has been success in finding bone marrow donors through race based donation drives for groups who find it challenging to find a bone marrow match for example.


The lens of hate


Humans are tribal by nature. Wired into us is a fear of the new that we do not understand and therefor a fear of the other. The word for this is xenophobia. Having unchecked fear and living in a society that normalizes the doctrine of white supremacy leads to the normalization of racism.


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PS - I read The Bluest Eye. It's good. 

  

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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation - Kindle edition


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Gr 2–5—When the Mendezes moved to Westminster, CA, in 1944, third-grader Sylvia tried to enter Westminster School. However, the family was repeatedly told, "'Your children have to go to the Mexican school.' 'But why?' asked Mr. Mendez……'That is how it is done.'" In response, they formed the Parents' Association of Mexican-American Children, distributed petitions, and eventually filed a successful lawsuit that was supported by organizations ranging from the Japanese American Citizens League to the American Jewish Congress. Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez family story but pleased by its successful resolution. Older children will understand the importance of the 1947 ruling that desegregated California schools, paving the way for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Back matter includes a detailed author's note and photographs. The excellent bibliography cites primary sources, including court transcripts and the author's interview with Sylvia Mendez, who did attend Westminster School and grew up to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tonatiuh's illustrations tell a modern story with figures reminiscent of the pictorial writing of the Mixtec, an indigenous people from Mexico. Here, the author deliberately connects his heritage with the prejudices of mid-20th century America. One jarring illustration of three brown children barred from a pool filled with lighter-skinned children behind a sign that reads, "No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed," will remind readers of photographs from the Jim Crow South. Compare and contrast young Sylvia Mendez's experience with Robert Coles's The Story of Ruby Bridges (Scholastic, 1995) to broaden a discussion of school desegregation.—Toby Rajput, National Louis University, Skokie, IL
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