Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?

by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

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A psychologically wise guide to helping multiracial children of all ages develop confidence and a healthy understanding of their uniquenessSee more details below


A psychologically wise guide to helping multiracial children of all ages develop confidence and a healthy understanding of their uniqueness

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Publishers Weekly
The author, a freelance writer, is from a western European background, while her husband is Japanese American. Although Nakazawa initially hoped to raise her son and daughter to be "color blind," they couldn't ignore the many comments made by both adults and children concerning Christian and Claire's appearance. When Christian was a toddler he was asked if he spoke Chinese, and the author was assured that little Claire didn't "even look Asian." Nakazawa decided to develop strategies to ensure that her son and daughter would be proud of their heritage and confident about their multiracial identity. Finding no useful book on the subject, she decided to write her own. Based on personal experience and interviews conducted with 60 other multiracial families, Nakazawa has skillfully combined anecdotal research with a strong knowledge of childhood and educational development philosophy to provide this useful guide for raising multiracial children in a color- and race-conscious world. Nakazawa believes that, although most three-year-olds are not racially aware, it is important to deflect insensitive comments from strangers about appearance. As a child grows older, this early dialogue should deepen, so that children will feel safe and comfortable discussing their racial identity with parents and be able to bring up any racially charged experiences that have occurred at school or with friends. Included are suggestions for the special problems that may arise during adolescence. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Drawing on interviews, research, and her own experiences raising biracial children, Nakazawa offers sound advice to families of multiracial and multicultural backgrounds, whether headed by parents of different races or families who adopt children of race different from the parents. A distant relative of Stonewall Jackson married to a Japanese American, she advocates ways to help children identify all their racial heritages and grow confident and proud in their identities. Parents will also benefit from sample dialogs and scripts to answer children's questions at each stage of development. With the 900 percent increase in interracial marriages between 1960 and 1998, resulting in approximately 4.5 million biracial children, many readers will be eager for Nakazawa's book. Her solid research and grasp of the issue's complexity will certainly enhance parents' knowledge. Just two quibbles: at times readers will wish for more concrete ideas and a faster pace. Regardless, as the only parenting guide with this angle, Nakazawa's book is recommended for all public libraries.-Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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