Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families

Overview

Based on an award-winning photo exhibit, this book documents the feelings and experiences of Americans who live in multiracial families. Of Many Colors tells the stories of thirty-nine families who have bridged the racial divide through interracial marriage or adoption. In these pages, parents and children speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they have dealt with issues of race.
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Overview

Based on an award-winning photo exhibit, this book documents the feelings and experiences of Americans who live in multiracial families. Of Many Colors tells the stories of thirty-nine families who have bridged the racial divide through interracial marriage or adoption. In these pages, parents and children speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they have dealt with issues of race.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
One of the visible effects of our increasingly diverse society is multiracial children. The New York Times has estimated that the number of those children has jumped by 300 percent since the 1970 census. In this compendium, the catalog of an award-winning exhibition that has been traveling since 1993, photographer Gigi Kaeser and interviewer Peggy Gillespie profile 39 families with multiracial children. (Kaeser and Gillespie are codirectors of Family Diversity Projects, Inc, in Amherst, Massachusetts.) By using photographs and interviews with both parents and children, the authors show us the joys and frustrations inherent in being multiracial in a country that officially recognizes only five racial categories. This book will be useful to parents who want to show the variety of family life to their children, to teachers exploring issues of race and identity, and to readers trying to understand the current proposal to add a multiracial category to the decennial census for the year 2000. Recommended for all public libraries.Nora Harris, Corte Madera Regional Branch Lib., Cal.
Booknews
The authors present b&w photographs of 39 multiracial families in western Massachusetts and several other parts of the US, and provide brief excerpts from interviews with each family. Family members are of black, white, Asian, Latino, Native American and other ethnic backgrounds. The introduction provides historical and demographic information on interracial marriages and transracial adoption in the US. Includes a resource list. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558491014
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,448,818
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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