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What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People

 
지은이 : P. Gaskins
출판사 : henry holt
판수 : 1 edition
페이지수 : 274
ISBN : 0805059687
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"In the eyes of many people I am the product of a relationship that wasn't supposed to happen." "I'm no tragedy, and no exotic other." "I'm no jungle-fever rainbow baby." The contemporary voices are disturbing, frank, witty, and heartfelt. In essay, interview, and poetry, 45 mixed-race young people between the ages of 14 and 26, from all over the U.S., speak about their growing up. Whether black and white, white and Asian, Hispanic and black, Jewish and black, or whatever, each one is intensely personal; yet each one speaks to universals of coming-of-age as an outsider who doesn't fit into accepted categories. You read one piece, and it seems to say it all; turn to the next young person, and there is more surprise and drama. As with all authentic writing, the closer you get, the more diversity you see, and the more connections. Some speak of shame, some of pride; most have experienced both, in school and community, in their own families, in their individual searches for roots and love. Gaskins is a journalist for a teen educational magazine and is herself of mixed race. She allows the young people to speak for themselves, but she adds brief commentary where necessary as well as an excellent overview, and the insights of historians, therapists, and other experts. She applauds the recent revolutionary change that allows people to check more than one racial category on federal forms. The extensive annotated list of resources--including books, movies, Web sites, and advocacy groups--adds to the value of this landmark book. Read this with Bell's novel Zack, reviewed on p.1689, about one boy's search for his family roots, and with Nash's Forbidden Love, p.1687, for a view of American history through the lens of race. Hazel Rochman

Pearl Fuyo Gaskins is an award-winning journalist whose articles frequently appear in Scholastic Choices magazine. The child of an interracial marriage, she wrote What Are You? "to be a forum for mixed-race young people to share their experiences and validate their feelings." This is her first book. Ms. Gaskins grew up in California, lived in Hawaii, and now resides with her husband in West Orange, New Jersey.

3 Introduction
13 Bill of Rights for Racially Mixes People
snapshot:Chela Delgado,
14 I Don't Think of Biracial as a Burden
19 Are You This? Are You That?
snapshot: Tyonek Glee Ogemageshig,
40 The Color of My Skin Is Not the Color of My Heart
45 Check ONE box
snapshot: Donna Maketa Randolph,
87 I'm Black and Korean
93 Who's That White Lady?
snapshot: Lisa,
128 I Wasn't the Blue-eyed, Blond-haired Cheerleader Type
133 Sticks and Stones
snapshot: Tatsu Yamato,
164 Roots: Random Thoughts on Random Hair
171 My So-called identity
snapshot: Saladin Ali Ahmed,
206 "Oh, He's Something Else"
215 Are You Dating Me or My Hair?
snapshot: jeff Yoshimi,
238 Hapa Grub
243 Double-Breed
253 Resources
254 Affinity and Advocacy Groups
256 Magazines and E-zines
257 Books
261 Movies and Videos
263 Interracial Family Organizations
265 Resources for College Students
267 Index


"I had been waiting for this book all of my life and when I found it and read it I wished it had been on the shelves when I was a teen and young adult. It is enlightening and enriching to finally hear the many voices that exist outside of the boxes. As an American born in this country who constantly heard and still hear, "Where are you from?" on a regular basis, I highly recommend this book to all adults who have lived through the mixed race reality and for their children who are mixed race. "

"This book is so great and touching. As a mixed race teen this book gave me hope and confidence. It taught me to honest and open. It made me proud to be me. Never has a book made me so convinced that I am great and wonderful to be multiracial. I thank the author for this awesome book. Anyone who is biracial should read this book. Not just once, but over and over, marking the poems and stories that you can most relate to and read them when you are feeling down on yourself. This is one "must have" book. "

"This was a comforting book for me to read; I only wish I had read it years before. Gaskins offers only slight commentary or explanation on the issues surrounding being multi-racial, so don't look to this book for answers or judgements. What it offers is the chance to hear a wide range of voices from disparate people who have eerily all shared very similar experiences.

The worst part of being multi-racial is the feeling that you are alone. If you're a member of another minority, even though you may experience horrible racism there is the comfort of knowing that they are others like you who are treated the same way. As a multi-racial person there is no feeling of having a "people". We have no community, no role-models, no intuition that we're not the only one of our kind in the world. I took joy in reading this book and realizing that they were more of us out there than I had realized. "

   
 
   
 
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