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  1. says:

    A great and uick read Each author has a multiracial background not just black and white but possibly Indian Scottish Vietnamese etc and has a written a short story The stories begin with a uick background on the author and end with a note from the author on how they came up with their story some were based on their own lives others took themes and wove them in with personal experiences There were many stories that left me wanting which is what I hate about short fiction If you decide to read this book let me know what you think


  2. says:

    In case you have not yet figured it out I am bi racial For many situations strangers know I am neither black nor white but they do not know where to place me I myself did not know where to put me I enjoyed reading about others with the same issues I hoped to get inspiration that being mixed is a good thing that maybe everyone should try Maybe that is the book I will have to write


  3. says:

    Some of these stories were insightful and some were just bizarre and seemingly pointless I did appreciate that each author wrote commentary on their piece after each short story though I didn't expect all of these writers to feel like being mixed was such a tragedyIn the end I just ended up feeling like there was something inherently wrong with me for not feeling extreme discord or self loathing because of my mixed ethnicity Apparently my best of both worlds and who even cares anyway? perspective is not shared by these writers In the introduction Rebecca Walker discusses the unhealthy sense of fragmentation that plagues the multiracial person that mixed race people can become morbidly obsessed with race both because everyone else is and because it is the place of our deepest wound um really? our deeeeeepest wound huh? and goes on to say that We carry an internal brokenness as a result of our experiences betwixt and between and if we aren't careful we end up hoarding and polishing it like gold as if the brokenness is the true indicator of who we really are As if racial incoherence is the axis upon which our very existence revolves Yet most of the writers contributing to this anthology DID JUST THATThe gist of these stories can be summed up thusly race shouldn't matter no wait it totally does In fact my entire sense of self depends on it wait I changed my mind race is a stupid social construct but it DOES matter; oh I'm so conflicted how dare you make me CHOOOOOOOSE a race never mind that I have already chosen anyway you are just suppose to magically read my mind and KNOW how I racially identify jerk oh how tragic my life is because I'm mixed Acknowledge my inner turmoil damn it you don't understaaaaaaaaaand Seriously Even your drug abuse can be blamed on the hardships of being multiracialIf you want to read a lot of sniveling about pseudo identity crises people feeling like victims of their own ethnicity and race problems of a scarcely measurable magnitude then this book is for youIf like me you are a multiracial person who isn't totally obsessed with your own multiracialness you are going to find this book confusing and mostly irrelevant to your life


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    This is a collection of short stories about multiracial experiences Written by writers who are multi racial themselves however they are not mini biographies I enjoyed most of them although they are not always the same uality and depth My favourites The anthropologists' kids by Ruth Ozeki A poignant and innocent tale with a dark edge very fitting in today's global political climate I am fan of Ruth Ozeki's lucid and effortless writing Minotaur by Peter Ho DaviesA modern fable of a half man half beast short but forceful It's a pure linguistic pleasure to read this prose poem Unacknowledged by Brian Ascalon RoleyA very sharp story Multiracial identity crisis clashes with sexual development double dosage of growing up in pain Caste system by Mary Yukari WatersA beautiful short story It is about Japan than multiracial experience It captures the subtlety of eastern culture very well Wayward by Chandra PrasadDark and violent Wayward catches me off guard the only problem of which is too short It could be a brilliant thriller Mrs Turner's lawn Jockeys by Emily RaboteauA cute story it makes me laugh out loudOthers Effigies by Lucinda Roy Gender issue or race issue? Can you always make a clean cut? The survival of a suppressed coloured man sometimes includes being ignorant if not dominant to the even suppressed coloured women Footnote by Carmit DelmanIs this story the weird one mentioned by another reviewer? A woman's searching for her partial identity in her blood but missing from her upbringing My Elizabeth by Diana Abu JaberA snapshot of American Indian history in 1970s told through a young girl of mixed parentage The writing style is not my favourite I find it broken or incessant at times Falling sky by Cristina GarciaA story about a troubled teenage boy of multiracial parentage set in Vietnam Aren't all teenagers troubled? Hollywood by Marina BudhosA story about a troubled teenage girl of multiracial parentage and her eually troubled mother Human mathematics by Mamle KabuA race incident in an English boarding school and a mixed race girl who is on both sides therefore on neither side Bing Chen by Neela VaswaniIs this story the pointless one mentioned about another reviewer? The lost sparrow by Kien NguyenThe bleakest story in this collection It's about Vietnam than multiracial experience Triad by Danzy Senna A literature experiment


  5. says:

    I usually always skip the forwards and introductions but this time I didn’t And man am I glad I didn’t Something told me not to I knew I struggled with identity but I didn’t realize just how much I did until I read the foreword and introduction to this book People ask me what I am ALL of the time and yes I laugh it off because honestly what else can I do when even I don’t know the answer to that uestion?I’m in a constant battle with which side I identify with and it changes all of the time I used to think it was messed up that depending on the race and class of the person asking the uestion my emphasis and first mention of a particular race changed until I read Mamle Kabu’s “Human Mathematics” and realized it wasn’t so weird after all Mary Yukari Waters described being mixed as not having to choose a side but being able to go back and forth between the two like having a country and a city house The two don’t have to cause a conflict I want to feel like that somedayStory after story I kept hoping the next would be by an author that was like me And then there he was Brian Ascalon Roley “Unacknowledged” felt like it could be a story about my own life my own family about myselfAfter reading all of these stories I understand how important it is for me to embrace my mixed ness and how even important it is for me to explore it and talk about it with other mixed people which sadly I don’t know even one I crave to talk about this topic with people that would understand


  6. says:

    This collection started out so strong for me I couldn't believe my ELA teachers weren't using some of these stories and didn't have this collection in their classrooms But thenas all too often happens with story collections I've hit some weak parts I am in the middle now and I've read two very disappointing stories back to back I just could not love Gift Giving or Shadey There are several stories left and I will continue to read one a day but I hope they improveOkay finally done And pun slightly intendedit was a mixed bag of stories


  7. says:

    Picked it up at the public library if only because I was struck by the very first line of the first story in the collection There used to be this joke at Yale that in order to get tenure in the Anthropology Department you had to have an Oriental wife Some of the stories are enjoyable than the others but it's a good read overall and inspires thoughtful reflections on the meaning of being multiracialmulticultural in modern societies obsessed with identity


  8. says:

    this book fell into my hands at the perfect moment it supported my heart and my experience what can you ask from a book? some wonderful stories in here by mixed race folks we come in all shades


  9. says:

    To hear the voice of true multiculturalism is to listen to the words of “Mixed” The authors in this anthology of short stories are multiracial; each author brings a uniue blend of experiences and styles depending on their mix of races and nationalities Like each author the stories are uniue The first story Ruth Ozeki’s “The Anthropologists Kids” sets the tone for the collection that this was not a “nobody understands me” type of collection The characters bite tongues of their offenders in these stories The stories speak about real and ordinary experiences but the characters are like those you haven’t met Diane Abu Jaber’s story “My Elizabeth” is told by a Palestinian American transplanted into Wyoming and the story weaves in Elizabeth a girl from the Seuoya reservation Both are trying to find themselves and lose themselves in the legacy that their families had left for them Emily Raboteau’s “Mrs Turner’s Lawn Jockeys” take a surreal turn as the lawn statues communicate with a young child One common thread is the acceptance of the multiracial identity by self and others The characters often feel they belong in one bucket and not another For example in Carmit Delman’s story “Footnote” her protagonist forces to carve out an identity of her own an Indian one However she realizes she doesn’t have a basis for it Mat Johnson’s story “Gift Giving” shows the anger and hate in a man who uses race to divide his marriage and divide himself Chandra Prasad’s story “Wayward” echoes of isolation and abandonment by family and strangers while the symbol of blond perfection is so desired even ready to be kidnapped The advantage for writers with a blended background is being able to don any persona Neela Vaswani who is of Irish and Indian descent takes liberties to narrate the experiences of Chinese American boyThere’s a personal touch to this collection because each story is suffixed by a blurb by the authors regarding the inspirations behind the story The writers explore complexities of being multiracial without allowing it to overpower the story Instead the focus is excellent writing and memorable characters It’s a fresh collection of short stories with such varied voices


  10. says:

    dnfSadly I only got to page 128 after that I just didn't want to go on with any of the stories Most of the characters were just not relatable I would have loved to read about peoples experiences positive and negative with being mixed but of the 7 stories I read I realized the authors think that being mixed is something bad that you must choose a side or that it gives you a disadvantage in life Yes sometimes being mixed feels like that but where is the positive part of being mixed? Where is the mix of cultures? Where is the self awareness? The Anthology was published 2006 and most of the stories were written 2005 or earlier Maybe times have changed and I can’t connect to stories written about race and ethnicity from that time? Maybe the American way of looking at ethnicity just don’t fit with my experience being mixed myself in Europe? However one story in particular was amazing Peter Ho Davies’s “Minotaur” Here you can feel the struggle of the Minotaur and his inability to choose and find his way out of the labyrinth It was well written and didn’t rely on racist language The story let you feel something instead of just showing it


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Mixed An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience

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R theme With contributors such as Cristina Garcia Danzy Senna Ruth Ozeki Mat Johnson Wayde Compton Diana Abu Jaber Emily Raboteau Mary Yukari Waters and Peter Ho Davies and an illuminating introduction by Rebecca Walker Mixed gives narrative voice to the multiple identities of the rising generationContentsThe anthropologists' kids by Ruth OzekiEffigies by Lucinda RoyMinotaur by Peter Ho DaviesMrs Turner's lawn Jockeys b. 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Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels Mixed is the first of its kind a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass With original pieces by both established and emerging writers Mixed explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial personEvery story crafted by authors who are themselves mixed race broaches multiracialism through character o. In case you have not yet figured it out I am bi racial For many situations strangers know I am neither black nor white but they do not know where to place me I myself did not know where to put me I enjoyed reading about others with the same issues I hoped to get inspiration that being mixed is a good thing that maybe everyone should try Maybe that is the book I will have to write