Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and BiculturalUser Review - hali - Goodreads
insightful stories from some of my favourite writers loved it. Read full review
Review: Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and BiculturalUser Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
I actually liked this book despite it's unfortunate glossing over of what otherwise might be pretty deep subject matter. Some of the essays were really good and others were just downright boring and a ... Read full review
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
AN ETHNIC TRUMPGish Jen
LIFE AS AN ALIENMeri NanaAma Danquah
LOST IN THE MIDDLEMalcolm Gladwell
THE FUNERAL BANQUETLisa See
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