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Mixed Race Hollywood / Edition 1

Mixed Race Hollywood / Edition 1

by Mary C. Beltran, Camilla Fojas


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Mixed Race Hollywood / Edition 1

A Kansas City Star 2008 Notable Book

Since the early days of Hollywood film, portrayals of interracial romance and of individuals of mixed racial and ethnic heritage have served to highlight and challenge fault lines within Hollywood and the nation’s racial categories and borders. Mixed Race Hollywood is a pioneering compilation of essays on mixed-race romance, individuals, families, and stars in U.S. film and media culture.

Situated at the cutting-edge juncture of ethnic studies and media studies, this collection addresses early mixed-race film characters, Blaxploitation, mixed race in children’s television programming, and the "outing" of mixed-race stars on the Internet, among other issues and contemporary trends in mixed-race representation. The contributors explore this history and current trends from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand the evolving conception of race and ethnicity in contemporary culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814799888
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mary C. Beltrán is an assistant professor of Communication Arts and Chicana/o-Latino/a Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom.

Camilla Fojas is Associate Professor and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies and a member of the Asian American studies program at DePaul University and author of Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier.

Table of Contents


Mary Beltrán and Camilla Fojas


Classical Hollywood and the Filmic Writing of Interracial History, 1931–1939

J. E. Smyth

Mixed Race Frontiers

Camilla Fojas

Lisa Nakamura

Part II

Catching Up with History: Night of the Quarter Moon, the Rhinelander Case, and Interracial Marriage in 1959

Heidi Ardizzone

A Window into a Life Uncloseted

Robb Hernandez

The Biracial Subject as Passive Receptacle for Japanese American Memory in Come See the Paradise

Kent A. Ono

Part III

Race Mixing and the Fantastic: Lineages of Identity and Genre in Contemporary Hollywood

Adam Knee

Virtual Race

Jane Park

From Blaxploitation to Mixploitation: Male Leads and Changing Mixed Race Identities

Gregory T. Carter

Part IV

Detecting Difference in Devil in a Blue Dress

Aisha D. Bastiaans

Mixed Race in Latinowood

Mary Beltrán

Mixed Race on the Disney Channel: From Johnny Tsunami through Lizzie McGuire and Ending with The Cheetah Girls

Angharad N. Valdivia

The Matrix Trilogy, Keanu Reeves, and Multiraciality at the End of Time

LeiLani Nishime

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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"An immensely readable interrogation of contemporary representations of multi-racial characters and inter-racial relationships in film, television, and popular culture."


"An accomplished, well-researched view of race identity in cinema."
-M/C Reviews


"Each essay stands as an exciting contribution to an open-ended discussion."


"Mixed Race Hollywood does to race what queer has done to sexuality—it challenges binary thinking and the normative categories it creates. This book opens up productive new areas for scholarship on Hollywood representation and the intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and nation."
-Chon A. Noriega,University of California, Los Angeles

"A significant step forward in the study of race and media. There are very few academic collections that match this one in timeliness, depth and readability. Mixed Race Hollywood reflects both a theoretical turn in critical race studies and the new representational habits of a culture in which celebrities wear their multiracial status as a badge of pride and sign of demographic pull."
-Diane Negra,University of East Anglia

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