Sunday, August 16, 2009

my essay up at The Externalist

"Interracial means Other" is up at The Externalist. Yay!

6 comments:

Niaz Khadem said...

nice essay. I can relate. When I was little I was always dissapointed that Persians were considered white. For standardized tests I'd want to check the "other" box, but my teachers wouldn't let me. I tried to explain that I was only half white, but they said for testing half-Persian didn't constitute "other." ahhh... elementary school.

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Niaz, yes, that's exactly what I'm talking about. All these labels. . . I'm told it's to help equality (affirmative action requires statistics to function), and perhaps it worked like that back in the 60s here in the US, but today I wonder.

Bebe said...

I thought of my background ( German/Irish/Scottish and Cherokee) and my own resistance to coloring in the oval. A wonderful thought provoking essay, congratulations.

:) bebe

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

yes, resistance in coloring in that oval. do we resist just for the sake of being contrary? ;-)

Niaz Khadem said...

look what i found.

http://www.intermix.org.uk/news/news_180609_01.asp


Can Identifying As Mixed-Race Boost Well Being?
Stanford Study Finds It Can.

A study by a group of scholars at Stanford graduate school of business, which sought to answer the question: Does identifying themselves as multiracial help or hinder the psychological well-being of individuals of diverse ethnicity has come up with...

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Niaz, Thanks! That was an interesting article and very heartening.