Book Description from Back CoverAt a time when multiracial Americans are the country's fastest growing demographic group, we find ourselves ready to embrace a diversity that was long stigmatized. From beloved writer and artist Kip Fulbeck - author of the best-selling Part Asian, 100% Hapa - comes this timely collection of portraits that celebrate the future through the faces and voices of mixed-race children.
These charming and uplifting images of kids unabashedly being themselves are accompanied by handwritten statements from the children and first-person text from their parents. A foreword from acclaimed educator Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and an afterword by international film and music star Cher, whose multiracial heritage inspired her hit song "Half-Breed," bookend this celebration of family, individuality, belonging, and identity.
This important and joyful volume is sure to be embraced by families everywhere for its ability to inspire hope and self-confidence in parents and children alike.
Comments from Back Cover"There is great value in seeing ourselves reflected in others and knowing that there is some shared experience between us and others 'out there.' That is why Kip Fulbeck is important, and why Mixed is a book that matters. It is important that we be given an opportunity to name ourselves. Mixed is a book I wish I'd had."
- From the foreword by Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng
Background on Kip Fulbeck, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, and CherKIP FULBECK, filmmaker, photographer, spoken word performer, and author (www.redsushi.com), is a professor of art at UC Santa Barbara. An acclaimed public speaker, he lectures nationwide on multiracial identity. He has been profiled on CNN, MTV, and PBS, and his films and photography are exhibited worldwide. The author is multiracial himself, as well as the parent of a multiracial child.
DR. MAYA SOETORO-NG has a long and rich background in multicultural education. An internationally known educator, multiracial-identity researcher, and sister of President Barack Obama, Dr. Soetoro-Ng has spoken at the Democratic National Convention, has taught at the University of Hawai'i and the La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls, and is the author of the children's book Ladder to the Moon.
CHER is an international icon. A much-beloved film, television, and music star, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. She is the only female solo artist to have a song in the Billboard Top Ten in each of the last four decades. With her 1973 song "Half-Breed" -inspired by her part-Cherokee heritage-she brought pioneering attention to mixed-race issues on the pop culture scene.
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