Inspiration vs. Appropriation: When Does it Cross the Line?

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Inspiration vs. Appropriation: When Does it Cross the Line? Earlier this week my family was packing up to head out of town for Thanksgiving. My kids were being goofy (a regular occurrence) and somehow the word pelvis came up. My youngest giggled wildly about the word pelvis and asked if there was anything that rhymed with it. “Elvis used […]

Sisters Network: Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Image Credit: Sisters Network Inc.   The Sisters Network is a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization. The mission of the Sisters Network is to raise awareness of the devastating impact breast cancer has on the African American community. Did you know? The breast cancer mortality rate for African American women is 36% higher than white women. […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  As is the case for so many women who regularly obtain check-ups, my gynecologist suggested that I receive my first baseline mammogram at age 35. I was still nursing my youngest child at that time, and we put it off until she had been weaned for a full year because breast tissue is much […]

How Do You Teach Your Kids About African Ancestry?

Image Credit: Flickr / Thomas Hawk I’m always curious to see how my kids answer that ever-present question asked of people of mixed heritage, “What are you?” They are starting to reach an age where they are out and about without their family members. Their golden skin and reddish-tinted hair makes them an obvious mixture, […]

Film & Festival Shed Light on Hapa Heritage

  Hapa-palooza Festival Success! The first ever Hapa-palooza hit Vancouver last week, September  7-10, 2011. Highlights included a night of Mixed Voices Raised (writers, poets, and spoken word artists); Mixed Flicks (celebrating the Mixed experience in film); and The Sir James Douglas Mix-A-Lot Cabaret (featuring Mixed music and dance.) Check out the Hapa-palooza page on […]

The Injustice of War: Life After 9/11

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The Injustice of War: Life After 9/11 September 11, 2001. I was teaching in exactly the same classroom I am teaching today. Ten years ago, September 11th started out a normal day; but it turned out to be anything but normal. Instead of our regular schoolwork, we watched the footage of planes crashing into the Twin […]

How To Give Your Child a Multicultural Education

How To Give Your Child a Multicultural Education At what age is it appropriate to marry? What time of day do you eat your biggest meal? How often do you shower or wash your hair? Where in your home do your children sleep?  These questions represent common aspects of every day life, and the answer […]

Special Needs & Stereotypes in Education

Special Needs & Stereotypes in Education One of my daughters has always been a little bit different from other kids her age. She climbed before she could walk. When she started talking she never seemed to stop. She blurted, babbled, interrupted, and couldn’t stop herself from touching anything and everything that caught her eye. When […]

The Right to Self-Identify: “I Am Mixed”

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  We left the Glee Camp finale humming the songs that my daughter and her fellow show choir campers had performed, “Funkytown,” and “Car Wash.” We had disco fever! When we got in our minivan to drive home, the kids (my two daughters, my son, and two of their friends) were still in a seventies […]

A New Hero: Multiracial Spider Man

A New Hero: Multiracial Spider Man “Up, up and away web! Shazam!  Go! Go! Go web, Go!”  He jumped on to the coffee table reciting those lines, mimicking the actions of his favorite superhero, the Amazing Spider-Man! Since the age of two, my son has been a huge fan of superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, The Flash, […]