Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Social Science - 288 pages
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As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like What are you? and Where are you from? aren't answered--they are discussed.
How do you measure someone's race or culture? Half this, quarter that, born here, raised there. What name do you give that? These eighteen essays, joined by a shared sense of duality, address both the difficulties of not fitting into and the benefits of being part of two worlds.  Danzy Senna parodies the media's fascination with biracials in a futuristic piece about the mulatto millennium. Garrett Hongo writes about watching his mixed-race children play in a sea of blond hair and white faces, realizing that suburban Oregon might swallow up their unique racial identity. Francisco Goldman shares his frustration with having constantly to explain himself in terms of his Latino and Jewish roots. Malcolm Gladwell understands that being biracial frees him from racial discrimination but also holds him hostage to questions of racial difference.  For Indira Ganesan, India and its memory are evoked by the aromas of foods.
Through the lens of personal experience, these essays offer a broader spectrum of meaning for race and culture.  And in the process, they map a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division.


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Review: Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

User Review  - Alec - Goodreads

I liked the wide variety this book offered in personal narrative of bi-racial bi-cultural people. I found a lot of feelings and situations I could relate to even if we didn't have the same background ... Read full review

Review: Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

I wish I could give half stars, some of the essays were 4, some were 3. Overall an interesting mix of voices and views from different writers with different backgrounds, mostly informed by the ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTIONClaudine Chiawei OHearn
LOST IN PLACEGarrett Hongo
THE MULATTO MILLENNIUMDanzy Senna
THE DOUBLE HELIXRoxane Farmanfarmaian
CALIFORNIA PALMSlê thi diem thúy
MOROLIKE MEFrancisco Goldman
THE ROAD FROM BALLYGUNGEBharati Mukherjee
REFLECTIONS ON MY DAUGHTERDavid Mura
A WHITE WOMAN OF COLORJulia Álvarez
A MIDDLE PASSAGEPhilippe Wamba
FOOD AND THE IMMIGRANTIndira Ganesan
WHAT COLOR IS JESUS?James McBride
POSTCARDS FROM HOMELori Tsang
FROM HERE TO POLANDNina Mehta
TECHNICOLORRubén Martínez
AN ETHNIC TRUMPGish Jen

LIFE AS AN ALIENMeri NanaAma Danquah
LOST IN THE MIDDLEMalcolm Gladwell
THE FUNERAL BANQUETLisa See
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn was born in Hong Kong and raised in Asia and Europe. She lives in New York City, where she works as an editor.


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