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Half and half : writers on growing up biracial and bicultural

Author: Claudine C O'Hearn
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Half and half.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1998
(DLC) 97049597
(OCoLC)38014127
Material Type: Document, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claudine C O'Hearn
ISBN: 9780307485762 0307485765 1299110118 9781299110113
OCLC Number: 656664967
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Lost in place / Garrett Hongo --
The mulatto millennium / Danzy Senna --
The double helix / Roxane Farmanfarmaian --
California palms / lê thi diem thúy --
Moro like me / Francisco Goldman --
The road from Ballygunge / Bharati Mukherjee --
Reflections on my daughter / David Mura --
Life as an alien / Meri Nana-Ama Danquah --
Lost in the middle / Malcolm Gladwell --
The funeral banquet / Lisa See --
A white woman of color / Julia Álvarez --
A middle passage / Philippe Wamba --
Food and the immigrant / Indira Ganesan --
What color is Jesus? / James McBride --
Postcards from "home" / Lori Tsang --From here to Poland / Nina Mehta --
Technicolor / Rubén Martínez --
An ethnic Trump / Gish Jen.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Claudine C. O'Hearn.

Abstract:

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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