Racial Identity

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Ask AF: On Race and Beauty

Ask AF: On Race and Beauty

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Racial stereotypes are everywhere, especially for transracial families

“Is My Asian Son a Whiz Kid?”

When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student — probably a mathematician.

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A mother doing cornrow styles in her daughter's hair

“Learning to Care for My Daughters’ Hair”

I felt frustrated, thinking I'd never learn how to cornrow. Now, I show others how to care for tight, curly hair.

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One father's decision on adopting transracially.

“My Decision to Adopt Transracially”

I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.

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Talking to children about race from an early age is important

“Bigotry, Blindness, and Basketball”

What started off as a fun day on the courts left my heart hurting for my two brown boys, and the kids who excluded them.

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An adoptee escort and a baby from Korea

“Homeward Bound”

Retracing a journey I had made 23 years earlier inspired unforeseen emotions about my past, and about one child's future.

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In this personal essay, one mom discusses the challenges of transracial parenting.

“Having ‘the Talk’ with My Black Son”

Explaining racism to our child is part of our jobs as parents through transracial adoption, but it's not easy to teach your child that some people may fear him because of the color of his skin.

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My son's drawing, drawing on Martin Luther King Jr's ideas of forgiveness

“Martin Luther King’s Dream Come True?”

When my son was harassed by a classmate for his race, I knew I only had a second to act.

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Introducing racism to your child should be done early.

First Conversations with Kids About Race

Bringing up race and racism to your kid can be tough — but it should be done sooner rather than later.

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A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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Ballerinas can have black natural hair, too.

“Cornrows Fit for a Ballerina!”

A simple hairstyle was not so simple for a dance class full of little girls with beautiful heads of black hair.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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A black adoptee raised by white adoptive parents

“On Becoming African American”

Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.

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A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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One of many multicultural adoptive families

Shifting Your Mindset to Become a Multicultural Family

After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?

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A Korean adoptee

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience

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