Resources

PUBLICATIONS – NON-FICTION

Funderberg, Lise. Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity. Collection of interviews of 46 black-white biracial people, with insightful commentary provided by journalist Funderberg, also biracial. William Morrow, New York: 1994.

Gaskins, Pearl Fuyo, ed. What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People. Approximately 45 young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-eight discuss their feelings about family relationships, prejudice, dating, personal identity and other issues. Appropriate for teenagers and young adults. Henry Holt and Company, New York: 1999.

Root, Maria P.P., ed. Racially Mixed People in America. A pioneer in the field of multiracial studies. This collection of essays contains Root’s “Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People”. Newbury Park, California: Sage Publications, 1992.

Root, Maria P.P., ed. The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1996.

Root, Maria P.P., and Matt Kelley, ed. Multiracial Child Resource Book. Seattle: Mavin Foundation, 2003.

O’Hearn, Claudine Chiawei, ed. Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural. Eighteen essays by authors on growing up biracial and/or bicultural, including work by Danzy Senna, James McBride and David Mura. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.

Williams-Leon, Teresa and Cynthia L. Nakashima, ed. The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed-Heritage Asian Americans. A collection of social-scientific essays focusing on the construction of identity among people of Asian descent who claim multiple heritages. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001.

PUBLICATIONS – MEMOIR

Cross, June. Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away. Cross’ memoir is a companion to her documentary of the same name. The memoir takes a more in-depth look at Cross’ family, including her white mother who had her daughter adopted by family friends. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Walker, Rebecca. Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self. Walker’s memoir is the search for identity, home, and forgiveness between the worlds of her black mother, Alice Walker, and her Jewish father, Mel Leventhal. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.

PUBLICATIONS – FICTION and POETRY

Durrow, Heidi. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. A fictional story about a brown-skinned, blue-eyed mixed race girl being raised by her grandmother after a family tragedy. New York: Algonquin Books, 2009.

Farry, Emma. Redemption. Published by Face to Face Press, an independent press for the mixed race, interracial, transracial and multicultural communities. New York, 2002.

Hara, Marie and Nora Okja Keller. Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1999.

Prasad, Chandra, ed. Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience. Contributors include Rebecca Walker, Kien Nguyen, Danzy Senna and Ruth Ozeki. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.

Senna, Danzy. Caucasia. Set in the politically-charged context of the early seventies and rich in the nuances of mixed race lives. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.

FILMS and VIDEOS

Anderson, Erika Surat. None of the Above. 23 minutes, color, 1994. The filmmaker, Indian and Danish American, describes her own search for identity and community and interviews several other multiracial people. Distributed by Filmakers Library, 124 East 40th Street, Suite 910, New York, NY 10016. http://www.filmakers.com

Baynard, John and June Cross. Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away. 150 minutes, color, 1996. An Emmy Award-winning PBS Frontline documentary about journalist Cross, who traces her family history from her father, vaudeville performer, Jimmy Cross, to her mother, Norma Storch, who gave her up when June could no longer pass as white. PBS/WGBH.

Bertelsen, Phil. EveryOther. 15 minutes, color, 2003. This social satire examines the new racial classifications on the US. Census through the concerns and deliberations of multiracial people. Utilizes writing by Danzy Senna. Part of the PBS series, Matters of Race, executive produced by Orlando Bagwell. Roja Productions/PBS.

Drammeh, Jessica Chen. Anomaly. 47 minutes, color, 2009. A groundbreaking documentary taking an insider’s look at the experiences of people of mixed race, told through personal narratives, original performances, and historical context. Distributed by Nyabinghi Productions, PO Box 300, New York, NY 10012. Email info@anomalythefilm.com or visit http://www.anomalythefilm.com. View clips at http://www.youtube.com/anomalyJCD.

Fulbeck, Kip. Banana Split. 37 minutes, color and BW, 1990. An experimental video on being hapa, comprised of a sequence of 25 short stories and still images. Distributed by the Center for Asian American Media, 145 Ninth Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel (415) 863-0814. http://www.asianamericanmedia.org and Seaweed Productions, http://www.seaweedproductions.com

Thakur, Shanti. Seven Hours to Burn. 9 minutes, color and BW, 1999. An experimental documentary film about the director’s parents (Danish and Indian), who came from parallel wars during the same decade based on the premises of ethnic or religious purity. Distributed by Women Make Movies, 462 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY 10013. Tel (212) 925-0606. http://www.wmm.com

PERFORMERS (as featured in Anomaly)

Gabriella Callender, singer/songwriter of the performance trio Mahina Movement: http://www.mahinamovement.org

Michelle Myers, of the spoken word duo Yellow Rage: http://www.yellowrage.com

Pete Shungu, spoken word artist and trumpet player, a.k.a. Afro DZ ak: http://www.afrodzak.com

Thaddeus Rutkowski, poet: http://www.thaddeusrutkowski.com

ORGANIZATIONS

AMEA, the Association of MultiEthnic Americans, Inc. Educating and advocating on behalf of multiethnic individuals and families by collaborating with others to eradicate all forms of discrimination. http://www.ameasite.org

iPride was founded in 1979 by a concerned group of multiracial families in Berkeley, CA. Today, iPride’s programs feature a FUSION Camp for kids and a Multiethnic Education program.  http://www.ipride.org

Loving Day. Founded by Ken Tanabe to celebrate the anniversary of the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision on June 12, 1967, which declared laws against interracial marriage unconstitutional. Loving Day builds multicultural communities through annual Loving Day celebrations worldwide, and additional public programs year-round. http://www.lovingday.org

MAVIN Foundation. Based in Seattle, Mavin’s projects explore the experiences of mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees, interracial relationships and multiracial families. Mavin runs an online Mixed Heritage Center, bone marrow drives, and other community activities. http://www.mavinfoundation.org

Swirl, Inc. is a national multi-ethnic organization that challenges society’s notions of race through community building and education. Swirl has chapters in New York City, Boston, the Bay Area, and six other cities across the U.S. http://www.swirlinc.org

These two organizations were active in the 1990s-2005 and are now defunct:

Eurasian Nation, an online magazine and community for people of mixed European and Asian descent founded by sisters Carmen and Iris Van Kerckhove.

Hapa Issues Forum, a membership organization that provides unique programs and services to the mixed race Asian Pacific Islander community, particularly in California.

MIXED RACE CURRICULUM

The following colleges and universities have offered course work on mixed race issues:

California State University at Northridge

Mills College

New York University (Prof. Jennifer Chan, 2002-2003)

San Francisco State University (Prof. Wei Ming Dariotis)

Stanford University (Prof. Michele Elam)

University of California at Berkeley

University of California at Davis

University of California at Irvine

University of California at Los Angeles

University of California at Santa Barbara

University of San Francisco

Yale University (Prof. Naomi Pabst)

Complied and edited by Jessica Chen Drammeh, Director/Producer, Anomaly. This resource list is to be used as a starting point for informational purposes only. Updated Feb. 2010.

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