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Resources for and about Multiracial/Multiethnic Americans

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This page contains resources that discuss or were written by biracial and multiracial Americans, dealing primarily with racial identity. Both personal and public conflict over racial identity can be a serious concern for multiracial Americans. One topic being currently debated is the creation of a “multiracial” category on next U.S. Census. These sources include Internet resources, first-person accounts, books, journals, and organizations.

Internet Resources

These resources include informative websites, websites that provide links, and Usenet groups. The Internet has proved to be a rich resource of information about multiracial Americans.

Interracial Voice http://www.webcom.com/intvoice/
Interracial Voice is a monthly electronic news journal that serves the mixed-race/interracial community. IV advocates the establishment of a multiracial category on the US Census.

Beginning Library Research on ETHNIC IDENTITY in the United States http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/adams/shortcu/ethi.html
A site with a bibliography and links to other sites, created by the Stanford University Libraries/Academic Information Resources

Soc.culture.intercultural, is a Usenet group that may also be of interest to multicultural individuals and families.

Deb Smyre’s Diversity Page has links to many other Web resources. http://www.users.qwest.net/~se6249/bottom4.html

Books and Magazines

  • Black, White, Other by Lise Funderburg
    The author presents the results of interviews conducted with 46 people who have one white parent and one black parent. The subjects of the interviews mainly discuss how their lives affect and are affected by racial identity.

  • Coping as a Biracial Teen by Renee D. Nash
    This book provides a positive outlook on the ways that young people and families cope with being biracial in America.

  • Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural by Claudine C. O’Hearn (Editor)
    “A lively collection of essays on the theme of being biracial and bicultural in contemporary American society. Editor O’Hearn, herself born in Hong Kong and raised in Asia and Europe, has assembled a passionate medley of writings by 18 authors who share a bicultural or biracial identity.” (from Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 1998)

  • In the Shadow of Race : Growing Up As a Multiethinc, Multicultural, and ‘Multiracial’ American by Teja Arboleda
    The author “fleshes out the depth of his experience as a culturally and racially mixed American, illustrating throughout the enigma of cultural and racial identity and the American identity crisis.” (from Amazon.com)
  • Karen Downing, a librarian at the University of Michigan, and several colleagues have also compiled an extensive bibliography of books, organizations, and magazine articles as part of her personal website at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~kdown/multi.html

Organizations and Associations

Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) http://www.ameasite.org/
PO Box 66061
Tucson, AZ 85728-6061

Project RACE http://www.projectrace.com/
PMB 129
2910 Kerry Forest Parkway, D4
Tallahassee, FL 32308
FAX: (850) 894-8540

Other Places to Look

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