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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