The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed Heritage Asian Americans
Edited by Teresa Williams-Leon and Cynthia L. Nakashima. Foreword by Michael Omi.
Largely as a result of multiracial activism, the US Census for 2000 offered people the unprecedented opportunity to officially identify themselves with more than one racial group.
Among Asian-heritage people in this country and elsewhere, racial and ethnic mixing has a long but unacknowledged history. According to the last US Census, nearly one-third of all interracial marriages included an Asian-descent spouse, and intermarriage rates are accelerating.
This unique collection of essays focuses on the construction of identity among people of Asian descent who claim multiple heritages. It is divided into four sections: Multiraciality and Asian America: Bridging the Hybrid Past to the Multiracial Present; Navigating Sociocultural Terrains of Family and Identity; Remapping Political Landscapes and Communities; Asian-Descent Multiraciality in Global Perspective. Paper: 279 pp. B/w photos.