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Half and Half

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Written by Claudine C. O'HearnAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Claudine C. O'Hearn

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • On Sale: June 9, 1998
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)
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about this book

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared sense of duality, address the difficulties of not fitting into and the benefits of being a part of two worlds. Through the lens of personal experience, they offer a broader spectrum of meaning for race and culture. In the process, they map a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division.

PRAISE FOR Half and Half:

"The future is here in these fascinating looks at complicated identities. Insightful, hilarious, and often heartbreaking. I can't wait for my daughter (part Cuban, part Japanese, part Jewish) to grow up and read it."
--Cristina Garcia, author of The Aguero Sisters

"Half and Half is more than the sum of its parts--it is at once somber and hilarious, irreverent and moving. These writers show us, in the alchemy of art, how their experiences in identifying who they are make not only for cultural news, but for riveting reading."
--Chang-Rae Lee, author of Native Speaker

"A wonderful and thought-provoking collection which accurately captures the cultural and racial fissions that not only reflect the reality of our modern world, but increasingly feed our sense of who we are as individuals."
--Caryl Phillips, author of The Nature of Blood


Introduction by Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn

Lost in Place by Garrett Hongo

The Mulatto Millennium by Danzy Senna

The Double Helix by Roxane Farmanfarmaian

California Palms by le thi diem thuy

Moro Like Me by Francisco Goldman

The Road from Ballygunge by Bharati Mukherjee

Reflections on My Daughter by David Mura

Life as an Alien by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Lost in the Middle by Malcolm Gladwell

The Funeral Banquet by Lisa See

A White Woman of Color by Julia Alvarez

A Middle Passage by Philippe Wamba

Food and the Immigrant by Indira Ganesan

What Color is Jesus? by James McBride

Postcards from "Home" by Lori Tsang

From Here to Poland by Nina Mehta

Technicolor by Ruben Martinez

An Ethnic Trump by Gish Jen