Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide To Raising Multiracial Childrenby Donna Jackson Nakazawa
"Am I black or white or am I American?" "Why don't my eyes look like yours?" "Why do people always call attention to my 'different' hair?" Helping a child understand his mixed racial background can be daunting, especially when, whether out of honest appreciation or mean-spiritedness, peers and strangers alike perceive his features to be "other."Drawing on
"Am I black or white or am I American?" "Why don't my eyes look like yours?" "Why do people always call attention to my 'different' hair?" Helping a child understand his mixed racial background can be daunting, especially when, whether out of honest appreciation or mean-spiritedness, peers and strangers alike perceive his features to be "other."Drawing on psychological research and input from more than fifty multiracial families, Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? addresses the special questions and concerns facing such families, explaining how they can best prepare their multiracial children to make their way confidently in our color-conscious world. From the books and toys to use in play with young children, to simple scripts to help them gracefully react to insensitive comments at school, to advice on guiding older children toward an unflappable sense of self, Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? is the first book to outline for parents how, exactly, to deflect the objectifying and discomforting attention multiracial children are likely to receive. Full of powerful stories and expert counsel, it is sure to become the book that both adoptive and birth parents of different races will look to for understanding as they strive to raise their children in a changing world.
- Da Capo Press
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Meet the Author
Donna Jackson Nakazawa has been a regular contributor to AARP's My Generation , as well as to Working Mother , Modern Maturity , New Woman , and Baby Talk . She is married to a Japanese-American and has two children. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Finally, some practical advice on how to parent multiracial children. I was so relieved to read this book. It helped me understand what struggles my children may face and how they might feel, without overemphasizing the issues (ie. race is just one aspect of parenting among many many others). I was worried it might try to overstate the issues and have me turning every corner looking for racial issues. However, it is based on true experience and testimony through stories from multiracial people. It convinced me, for example, of the vital importance and necessity of taking extra care to expose my kids to other cultures; and it detailed exactly why this is so vital. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is racing multiracial children or transracially adopted children. It helped me open my eyes to their experience.