Sick of the same old “tragic mulatto” story? Dying to watch a movie or read a book that reflects your experiences? Be sure to check these out (links are provided when available):
None of the Above: People of Multiracial Heritage by Erika Surat Anderson
None of the Above is a documentary about people of mixed-racial heritage, based on the filmmaker’s own search for identity and community. The director, Erika Surat Andersen, whose mother is (Asian) Indian and father is Danish, explores the experience of being multiracial by finding others in the same ambiguous category.
Daughter From Danang
A stunning documentary about the daughter of an American Service man and a Vietnamese woman, adopted by an American family, who returns to Vietnam 22 years later to find her biological family.
Hapa filmmaker Greg Pak’s science-fiction anthology contains an unforgettable commentary on the mixed-race experience.
This is a film about interracial dating that has been described as a must see for anyone who is either dating interracially or thinking about it.
This site has an extensive list of picture books for young readers.
The Amy Hodgepodge Series
by Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts
From comedic entertainer Kim Wayans and her writer husband, Kevin Knotts, comes a dynamic chapter book series that gives a face and a voice to multiracial children. Children of all races will identify with Amy Hodgepodge because it deals with universal themes such as feeling “different,” being teased, and making new friends. Celebrate what makes you unique with the one and only Amy Hodgepodge.
by Malathi Michelle Iyengar
Romina’s class is learning about immigrants, and she must make a project that represents the culture that her family comes from. But Romina has a problem: her father is from India, and her mother is from Mexico. How can she come up with one project that encompasses both cultures?
Book of Dead Birds
by Gayle Brandeis
Winner of Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize, an award in support of a literature of social responsibility, The Book of Dead Birds is an intimate portrait of a young woman at a defining moment in her life, who stands at the intersection of two cultures and races.
Dreams of My Father
by Barack Obama
Senator Obama’s memoir of growing up in Hawaii with his mother and her family after his father returned to his home country.
by Kip Fullbeck
Acclaimed artist Kip Fullbeck presents an “autobiographical novel” that deals with the racial and sexual politics of his life experiences.
Part Asian: 100% Hapa
by Kip Fullbeck
This book, the culmination of Kip Fullbeck’s “Hapa Project,” features over two hundred images of mixed race people, along with statements by them answering the age old question “what are you?”
The Color of Water
by James McBridge
Author James McBride presents the story of his mother, who raised twelve children almost alone, while facing prejudice from people of almost every race.
Mark One or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America
by Kim Williams
The little-known story of the struggle to include a multiracial category on the U.S. census, and the profound changes it wrought in the American political landscape.
Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience
edited by Chandra Prasad
The short stories in Mixed present vastly different themes and settings, but all have in common characters from a mixed-race background. Contributors include Danzy Senna, Cristina Garcia, Ruth Ozeki, Mat Johnson, Peter Ho Davies, Diana Abu Jaber, and many other new and established authors. Each story is preceded by a biographical statement about its author, and is followed by a personal commentary that sheds light on the story’s origin and mood. Rebecca Walker, the author of Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, pens Mixed’s illuminating introduction.
Black, White and Jewish
by Rebecca Walker, daughter of Alice Walker
Rebecca Walker’s story of trying and not really fitting in with either culture as she was growing up.
They Always Said I Would Marry a White Girl
by Robert Moore
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Check out this Sister Speak article from Donna Summer about being multicultural.
**Please note that the presence of a title on this list does not imply endorsement by MASC.