Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hard Times

 ©  Sharon Chang and MultiAsian Families Blog, Apr 18 2013  

After my son was born I developed co-occurring health issues that prevented me from working and required expensive medical treatment. My husband and I found ourselves in a stressful financial situation. For the first time in either of our lives, we applied for low-income help. Our son qualified for health insurance coverage and some food support. Although these services have been amazingly helpful, and of course we are deeply grateful, qualifying for them has been eye opening and a little shocking for me. I have now seen and experienced firsthand the stark, dividing racial lines that sill exist in this country; the way race clearly impacts income, access to healthcare, quality of healthcare, and treatment by others.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mixed Race, Pretty Face

 ©  Sharon Chang, April 4, 2013  as seen on Racism Review

It was once thought multiracial children were destined to be confused, inwardly conflicted and maladjusted. “Think of the children”, used to be the warning used to discourage interracial couples from marrying. Mixed-race children often faced discrimination and prejudice. Experts worried that these children would suffer from poor self-esteem and lack of identity.1  The “tragic mulatto” archetype was featured prominently in American culture (Show Boat, 1951). Usually female, she embodied dislocation, incompatibility and confusion. Similarly we often saw the heartrending, Native American/White “half-blood” (Dances With Wolves, 1990) and in Yellow Peril fiction, the interracial love affair that ends tragically (Sayonara, 1951).2

Sayonara (1951) (image source)