Multiracial Child Resources
Adoptive Families Articles
White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity
In a sensitive exploration of the pressures and prejudices confronting
biracial individuals, Funderburg, a New York-based freelance journalist,
presents in-depth interviews with 46 American adults who have one
black and one white parent. Her respondents report feeling tremendous
pressure to choose one racial identity over the other as they were
growing up, yet many finally embraced both racial heritages.
and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Pantheon; 1998. ISBN: 0375700110 New Yorker O'Hearn, who was born
in Hong Kong of an Irish-American father and a Chinese mother, first
tells her own story- she found she could pass as Hawaiian, Italian
or even Russian- then goes on to collect first-person accounts of
17 others with biracial or bicultural backgrounds who grew up in the
U.S. or emigrated here. A valuable book for bi- and multiracial families
that parents and teens will enjoy.
All That Apply: Finding Wholeness as a Multiracial Person
In her book, Sundee Frazier, a self-described "AmericanAfricanScottishDutch-DanishSwedeIndigenousPerson,"
tackles the ambiguities of being a multiracial woman of faith. In
it she cogently describes the particular tension of multiracial identity,
the sense of never quite belonging anywhere; she also insists that
one's core identity comes only from God. Through her broad interviews
and examples from her own life, she gives voice to the under represented
of the under represented. And her reflections on the spiritual lives
of multiracial people are profound. Readable, enjoyable, provocative.
Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
In this sensitive, thoughtful collection of interviews, essays, and
poetry, over 40 young adults ranging in age from 14 to 26 relate their
experiences growing up in the United States. Arranged thematically
with occasional author notes offering clarification and transition,
the primarily upbeat testimonies address issues of discrimination,
dating, family dynamics, and self-esteem. A helpful resource section
includes annotated lists of affinity and advocacy groups and Web sites,
as well as relevant fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, and movies
Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children
in a Race-Conscious World
This guide for parents and teachers of black children offers clear,
compelling, well-grounded advice on self-esteem, shatters common myths
about race, and reveals practical ways adults can instill children
with positive racial identities. Parents and educators alike have
long struggled to understand what meanings race might have for the
very young, and for ways to insure that every child grows up with
a healthy sense of self. Marguerite Wright handles sensitive issues
with consummate clarity, practicality, and hope.
Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families
In this compendium, the catalog of an award-winning exhibition that
has been traveling since 1993, photographer Gigi Kaeser and interviewer
Peggy Gillespie profile 39 families with multiracial children. (Kaeser
and Gillespie are co-directors of Family Diversity Projects, Inc,
in Amherst, Massachusetts.) By using photographs and interviews with
both parents and children, the authors show us the joys and frustrations
inherent in being multiracial in a country that officially recognizes
only five racial categories. This book will be useful to parents who
want to show the variety of family life to their children.
- Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A
Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children
Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s new book offers advice from both parents
of children with multiracial or transracial backgrounds, and from
the children themselves. The rest of the world sees our families’
differences first, she says, and makes comments that range from the
innocent to the asinine. We can’t change the world single-handedly,
but we can arm our children with a strong sense of self and a selection
of quips. Nakazawa is a biological mother of half-Japanese, half-Caucasian
children, and doesn’t extensively address the situations that arise
in adoptive families, when parents aren’t also multi-racial, and thus
able to act as direct role models for their children. Her book is
a good start, however, particularly the section on choosing where
to live and send your children to school.
- Dim Sum, Bagels, And Grits: A Sourcebook
For Multicultural Families
Myra Alperson provides a great starting point for families who are
contemplating adopting across cultures or those looking for information
to help raise a transracial family. Using a narrow definition of intercultural
adoption-one that limits the field to nonwhite or non-U.S.-born children
adopted by white parents- Alperson addresses a wide range of issues,
mainly from the perspective of adoptive parents with young children.
The most valuable section of the book is the list of resources, which
includes not only organizations and publications but also websites
and catalog providers of specialty foods, ethnic toys, and artifacts
from around the world. This list alone is worth the price of the book.
- Multiracial Child Resource Book: Living
Root and Kelley, both notable figures in the public
discourse on multiracial identity, have combined scholarly essays, U.S.
census analyses, and first-person testimonials into 30 chapters that
chart the history, politics, and social and psychological implications
of multiracial America. The book is crammed with information targeted
primarily toward educators and therapists, although parents will also
find it useful. The back contains exhaustive lists of Web sites, films,
and books on related topics.
- MAVIN magazine
In high school, Matt Kelley realized the lack of resources
available for people like him- a biracial, Korean American growing up
in the Midwest. As a freshman at Wesleyan University, he
founded MAVIN magazine. Today, MAVIN is an internationally distributed
and critically acclaimed magazine celebrating multiracial and transracially
adopted young people. As the only magazine of its kind, MAVIN fills
an important void by presenting young multiracial people in a positive,
affirming light. The magazine’s unique mix of personal, political, fashion
and social justice articles embrace life in the borderlands of race.
In the colorful pages of MAVIN, race is never a black or white issue.
In addition to offering information about
ordering the magazine and resource book listed above, MAVIN’s Web
site provides a wealth of information, resources, volunteer and support
group opportunities, speaker information, and the MatchMaker Bone
Marrow Project. It strives to fill the void for bi- and multiracial
children and families that founder Matt Kelley experienced while growing
up as a Korean-American adoptee in a midwestern community.
- Association of MultiEthnic Americans
AMEA’s mission is to educate and advocate on behalf of multiethnic individuals and families by collaborating with others to eradicate all forms of discrimination. The Web site contains more information about the organization, books and movie reviews and recommendations, and contact information for affiliate groups across the country.
- The Center for the Study of Biracial Children
Dr. Francis Wardle, Executive Director of the CSBC, works to produce and disseminate materials for and about interracial families and biracial children. The Center provides advocacy, training and consulting. Its primary mission is to advocate for the rights of interracial families, biracial children, and multiracial people. The Web site contains many articles written by Wardle, as well as information on training and workshops offered by the center.
- Interracial / Intercultural Pride
I-Pride is a nonprofit organization interested in the well-being and development of children and adults who are of more than one racial or ethnic heritage. I-Pride's mission is education, and its activities reflect this goal, urging us to educate ourselves, our children, and our community about the facts of interculturalism and interracial identity. In particular, they strive to fight that peculiar form of racism aimed at interracialism, which is present in all ethnic communities. They sponsor events and provide news and resources.
National Association for Multicultural Education
NAME acts as a clearinghouse for multicultural education resource materials
and educational strategies, and facilitates initiatives supportive of
culturally diverse faculty, administrators, students, and parents in schools
at all levels, from pre-K through universities. The Web site provides
information about finding or starting a NAME chapter in your state,
resources, and publications.
- The Multiracial Activist
The Multiracial Activist is a libertarian oriented activist journal covering
social and civil liberties issues of interest to individuals who perceive
themselves to be "biracial" or "multiracial," "interracial" couples/families
and "transracial" adoptees.
- Swirl, Inc.
Swirl aims to unite the mixed community by providing support to mixed
families, mixed individuals, transracial adoptees, and inter-racial,
cultural couples. Swirl sponsors an average of three events per month in
its eleven chapters across the U.S. and in Japan.