Half and Half: Writers on Growing up Biracial and Bicultural

Half and Half: Writers on Growing up Biracial and Bicultural

by Claudine C. O'Hearn
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Half and Half: Writers on Growing up Biracial and Bicultural 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People need to understand that everything isn't about white or black or latino and jewish. Everyone has a history in which they are ashamed of or don't even know about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where are you from? What are you? These simple questions aren¿t easy answers for these 18 writers. Some are immigrants, some of them are children, and parents of biracial, bicultural families. Many of these writers feel disconnected to their society having difficulties of fitting in. With their challenges and experiences they express what it truly means to be a biracial and bicultural person. It is a book that can relate its authors and readers with each description and personal experiences. The book is full of insight and helps you truly understand experiences as a biracial person. The authors descriptions and personal life examples are so easy to comprehend and visualize. For example in the essay ¿Life as an Alien¿ by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah says: ¿These words, which flowed so freely from the lips of teachers, parents, and fellow students, were intended to excuse me from my race, to cage me like some zoo animal being domesticated these words, I realized years later, were intend to absolve those white people from their own racism.' Each author plainly draws out their pain into their essays. The essays are both sad and moving allowing the reader to see the painful truth. In each essay, the authors clearly state their confusion with their own ethnicity with wonderful figures of speech. In our own communities, we create our own racial categories and social categories. If you¿re White, you go in with the whites. If you¿re African you go in with the Africans. These racial categorizing usually work but what if you¿re Japanese, Colombian, and Costa Rican? Where do you fit into then? It¿s extremely confusing. ¿Like Madonna it changes its image every couple of years.¿ This is a quote from the essay ¿The Mulatto Millennium¿ by Danzy Senna. In her essay she explains the difficulties with racism through her personal experiences. As she exclaims, racism was ¿difficult not because things were confusing, but rather because things were so painfully clear. Racism, as well as the absurdity of race, were obvious to me in ways that they perhaps weren't to those whose racial classification was a given.' Half + Half is also a great aid for biracial and bicultural people. I am Japanese, Colombian, and Costa Rican. While growing up in a mainly white suburban area it is easy to relate to. There are so many connections for any biracial person. It can be great help for people while being comforting, and can raise questions and answers for further understanding. One great quote from the essay by David Mura says, ¿also brought up my own memories of wanting to fit in as a youngster, of wanting to be accepted as normal. It wasn¿t that I was ever the brunt of direct racial insults it was more that I knew I was somehow different from most of the other kids at school or from the stars of the sitcoms or the westerns I worshiped as a child.¿ Half + Half is a great book for all ages. It is easy to relate to with its excellent figures of speech and thorough personal experiences. It¿s also an easy read allowing readers to choose which essays appeal more than others. The book clearly states the true meaning of being biracial and bicultural. I strongly encourage this book. This book is extremely powerful and important for any biracial or non-biracial person to read. The book clearly states the true meaning of being biracial and bicultural.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. Growing up bicultural myself, (Peruvian/American) I could definitly relate to so many of the authors' personal reflections. This wasn't a scholarly dull sociological analysis of cultural or whatever. It's a heartfelt pouring out of the emotions, fears, worries and frustrations that people of mixed backgrounds struggle with. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 'white' woman who just found out last month from some relatives that I have black ancestors! At first, I was shocked, but then I went to Barnes and Noble and I picked up this book. I immediately bought it and read it in two days! It is amazing and I recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am a white man who has a biracial teenage son. Cody absolutely loved this book and so did I. Race is such a big deal in this country. When I first tell people my wife is black, they all look at me funny. But then after they meet her, they understand that we have a lot in common. I recommend this book to biracial and non-biracial people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am always asked , 'what race are you.' And I like to reply, 'I am of the human race.' My mother is part African and Japanese. My father is half Swedish and Canadian. I have found that there is a lot if racism when you are mixed and not 'one whole' race. But as I look at it, everyone is mixed. I have black friends whose descendents came from Africa and Europe. I have friends who look white but happen to have black ancestors. When a German marries an English person or a Spanish person marries an Italian, no one pays attention. But when two Americans of different color, religion or ancestory fall in love, it is a big deal. This book was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have just read the first 2 chapters and the one i really took to heart was 'the mulatto millenium' it was amusing at one point about all the different latto's.