Research continues to uncover early childhood as a crucial time when we set the stage for who we will become. In the last decade, we have also seen a sudden massive shift in America s racial makeup with the majority of the current under-5 age population being children of color. Asian and multiracial are the fastest growing self-identified groups in the United States. MoreResearch continues to uncover early childhood as a crucial time when we set the stage for who we will become. In the last decade, we have also seen a sudden massive shift in America s racial makeup with the majority of the current under-5 age population being children of color. Asian and multiracial are the fastest growing self-identified groups in the United States. More than 2 million people indicated being mixed race Asian on the 2010 Census.Yet young multiracial Asian children are vastly underrepresented in the literature on racial identity. Why? And what are these children learning about themselves in an era that tries to be ahistorical, believes the race problem has been solved, and believes that mixed-race people are proof of it? This book is drawn from extensive research and interviews with 68 parents of multiracial children. It is the first to examine the complex task of supporting our youngest around being 2 or more races and Asian while living amongst post-racial ideologies....
|Title||:||Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World|
|Number of Pages||:||248 Pages|
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Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World Reviews
from what i can tell, without having read the actual book, chang doesn't believe we live in a "post-racial world" at all but that there are so many people, including those having mixed-raced kids, who believe that. she sees this as a problem. just want to say that because i was put off by the title of the book until i read an interview with the author. here is the interview: http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/2016...quote from the interview:"MKB: What were the most unexpected or interesting findings from your research?Chang: There were quite a number of unexpected and interesting findings that resulted from this research. But to me one of the most disturbing discoveries – though in retrospect probably not so surprising – was that mixed children of POC (people of color) and white heritage experienced some of the highest rates of racial discrimination from their own white family members. There is a common public perception that mixed folk of white descent are solely privileged being close to white family. Of course there is often increased socioeconomic access for these children, but this turns out to be only part of the picture. Close proximity to white family can also be very racially violent, and the toll of having to deal with discrimination coming at such close range from someone a mixed child holds a valued relationship with is very, very high.The other fairly alarming discovery was the degree to which even highly educated parents (middle class to affluent, whites and often people of color too) had been indoctrinated into white dominant thinking with very little understanding of what race and racism really were. For instance, I often watched interviewees exercise colorblindness, excuse or laugh off other people’s racist behaviors, and deny their own racial experiences all the while waxing extremely poetic talk about their children’s mixedness as the end of race. The parents’ underdeveloped understandings left them fairly unprepared to parent their multiracial kids transformatively and left their parenting vulnerable to damaging internal and external influences."
It may not offer much guidance in having conversations about race with my children, but this book was the first one to amplify what I've been feeling while raising my multiracial family. The people, the experiences presented absolutely represent us and give voice to those niggling concerns about race in our progressive, so-called "post-racial" world. If I've ever felt like race wasn't an issue in my community or in my neighborhood, this was the book to bring me back to reality, to remind me that there are many every-day instances when I feel like a person who doesn't belong. Author Sharon Chang is unrelenting in her assault at the racist framework at play, in a way that feels almost unfair, and is definitely uncomfortable. Reading this, it's hard not to feel defensive, regardless of your racial identity. But her voice is invaluable in its singularity, the only one that's spoken to my experience with race.
What a phenomenal and important read. So insightful and honest about the unique and difficult expectations and experiences mixed-race children go through in their lives being between two or more distinct races and living in a world that claims to be post-racial. I found myself feeling so affirmed and validated and now want to give this book to everyone I know. Sharon Chang holds no punched and is brutally honest in her critique of the obsession and isolation of mixed race children that many of us aren't even aware of. So wonderful, so accessible, and so good. Read it.
I'm torn with the rating for this book. One one hand I was incredibly put off by the tone of the book and felt defensive while reading it. However, the points the author makes are important and rarely discussed. For myself, I feel it is something that must be read, rather than something I enjoyed reading. Congratulations to the author for blazing a trail into this topic.
absolute must-read for all multiracial asians and their parents
I appreciated this book for providing historical context, language for some of the experiences I have as someone who is often perceived as multiracial (I am not), and an opportunity to examine/correct some of my own biases. I borrowed Raising Mixed Race from the library, and I will be purchasing a copy for when I have my own mixed raced kids in the near future.
Solid resource for parents (and adults in general) navigating conversations with children about race, especially regarding the unique nuances of being multiracial. It's academic in tone but the author includes her own experiences, as well as quotes from research participants.