Mixed Race 2013: The Asian American Literary Review

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“AALR’s special issue on mixed race, coming this Fall 2013, is not simply a reexamination of race or a survey of mixed voices, important as both are. We envision our role as that of provocateur–inspiring new conversations and cross-pollinations, pushing into new corners.

All contributions to the issue are collaborative, “mixed” in nature, bringing together folks across racial and ethnic boundaries, across disciplines, genres, regions, and generations. We solicited work from artists and writers, historians and activists, race scholars and filmmakers, teachers and students, among others. The idea is a network of original projects that not only map out multiracialism past and present but also break new ground.

Pre-order your copy of our Mixed Race Issue now:”

Community Village‘s insight:

This issue includes an article by Steven F. Riley & Glenn C. Robinson:

The Impact of Internet Publishing and Online Communications on Mixed-Race Discourses

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Community Village: Black Like Me (Book Review)

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What does it mean to be a person another race?The answer to the question would lead John Howard Griffin on a journey through a side of America he had never known about. All he had to do was darken his skin.
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Natasha Trethewey (Anniversary Month Rewind) (Black/White) [American]

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Known as: 19th United States Poet Laureate (Poet Laureate of Mississippi; 2007 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard”; Holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University; Inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011)

Works: “Native Guard”, “Domestic Work”, “Bellocq’s Ophelia”, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast”
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Book Review: No Tildes on Tuesday (ISBN:978-1616636890)

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No Tildes on Tuesday

Author: Cherrye S. Vasquez

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tate Publishing Author’s Website (electronic and paperback versions)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

No Tuesday for Tildes (2010) is an interesting and refreshing look at the world of language, culture, and identity from a child’s perspective. So often, conversations about language or culture revolve around an adult’s point of view. In this book, the central character makes the argument that these conversations should include children too.

The basic premise of the story is simple. Elizabeth, a girl of Mexican American and White descent, refuses to learn Spanish even though everyone around her believes that it is important for her to do. With this plot, the author (Cherrye S. Vasquez) is able to craft a book that is a worthwhile read for both parents and children. For adults, this book provides the opportunity for parents (especially parents of second-generation Hispanic or multi-racial children) to talk about the sensitive issues of race, ethnicity, and language. For children, this book provides an interesting model in Elizabeth as she raises some important questions about the right of a child to choose their own cultural and ethnic identity and language versus the authority and obligation of their parents to choose one for them.

This does not mean that race is not the only issue in this book. Unlike other children’s books that I have seen dealing with race, this book also deals with other family issues in the context of the race instead of focusing on race exclusively. In other words, it’s not just a “race” book. It is a book about a family issue that includes racial identity. In the midst of the Elizabeth’s argument with her parents, she is also dealing with a move to a new neighborhood and a health concern with her father. This adds additional layers to the books without making it complicated or confusing.

Even though a lot of material is covered, the book is paced well and appropriate language at level children can understand.  Overall, it’s a good all-around read for everyone, particularly those families who need or want to have the conversation about identity, language, and changes in the family.

CONFERENCE: U.S. Association for Commonwealth Literature & Language Studies, 19-22 April, 2012, Santa Clara, CA

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“We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of the multi-ethnic literatures of the United States and elsewhere. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore globalization in terms of its influence on ethnic canons, and vice versa, and encourage presentations on all global frameworks of analysis, such as Atlantic studies, global feminisms, pan-Africanism, postcolonialism, transnationalism, global indigenous studies, etc. ”
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