Tweet There are some incredible opportunities out there right now to get certificates, higher ed and even advanced degrees specializing in the experience of Americans of color. Want a degree in Asian American Studies? Sure. …
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“People share their deepest pains and emotions with us,” Tashiro said. “It’s really important for us to understand the complexity of where different people are coming from.”
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Our relationship started with a simple friend request on Facebook. At this time, Husani was living in Trinidad and Laura in Massachusetts. Neither of us imagined what would come of this friendshi…
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…that Louis C.K. is Lynda Carter kind of mixed!! No wonder he is so authentic and astute in the funniest of ways. Not because he happened to be born Irish and Mexican. Nor because his mother w…
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“Every mestizo is one less Indian — or one more Indian waiting to reemerge.” - Jose Barreiro, Taino/Guajiro What is the concept of Mestizaje? What are its origins? What role does it have to play i…
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Mixed Remixed Festival
June 14, 2014
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA
ADMISSION AND EVENTS FREE
A film, book and media festival celebrating stories of the Mixed experience and racial and cultural connectedness through stories.
What are you?
I remember people started asking me that question on a pretty regular basis when I was about 11 and we moved to a racially divided town. At first I’d say: “I’m the best speller and my favorite color is blue. I’m also someone who likes to write poems.”
I soon learned that what people wanted to know was: why do you look like you do? Why do you have curly brown hair and light brown skin and blue eyes?
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“They saw poor people, Indians. My grandmother was a sheepherder, living on an Indian reservation without electricity,” Morrill said. “My relatives couldn’t speak English, so they said— ‘we don’t know if these people are your relatives or not, so we are going to take you.’”Leland was immediately removed from his home and placed with an adoptive couple looking for Native American children to foster and adopt. The day after he was adopted, the family moved to Ontario, Canada, severing all ties Leland had to his biological, Native American family.Not uncommon for the times, before 1978, when Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act, a very high number of Indian children were removed from their homes by public and private agencies and placed in non-Indian foster and adoptive homes or institutions….“From a human trafficking point of view, I was trafficked,” said Morrill. …“They trained us within the Mormon ideology; they thought they were saving us. They thought they were doing the right thing, and from that perspective they were good people. But from a Native American perspective—they were not.”
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