The Beiging of America

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Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century
Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Sean Frederick Forbes and Tara Betts
Foreword by Michele Elam
Afterword by Heidi W. Durrow
JUN. 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-940939-55-1 (eBook)
LCCN 2016944187
2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY

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THE BEIGING OF AMERICA, BEING MIXED RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, takes on “race matters” and considers them through the firsthand accounts of mixed race people in the United States. Edited by mixed race scholars Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Sean Frederick Forbes and Tara Betts, this collection consists of 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists and activists, whose personal narratives articulate the complexities of interracial life. Discrimination, instilling pride in family settings, sorting out the terms and names that people call themselves and their relatives, tackling colorism within communities of color, and childhood recollections fill these pages with compelling stories that speak to lived experiences, mapping a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division. THE BEIGING OF AMERICA was prompted by cultural critic/scholar Hua Hsu, who contemplated the changing face and race of U.S. demographics in his 2009 The Atlantic article provocatively titled “The End of White America.” In it, Hsu acknowledged “steadily ascending rates of interracial marriage” that undergirded assertions about the “beiging of America.”

As one flips through the pages of THE BEIGING OF AMERICA, one discovers contributors’ shared exasperation with the inevitable and preposterous question – “What are you?” – simply because they do not fit neatly into any one racial category. This in itself is a reflection of how the black-white paradigm in America continues to obfuscate and distort rigid constructs and systemic racism, reminding readers that race – even in a post-racial imaginary – still matters. THE BEIGING OF AMERICA is an absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories that explore racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed race experience, these unadorned voices offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers. Cover design: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Cover art: Laura Kina. Reprinted with permission from artist. Copyright © 2006 by Laura Kina. All rights reserved.

Author Bio

ABOUT THE EDITORS

CATHY SCHLUND-VIALS
CATHY J. SCHLUND-VIALS is a mixed race Cambodian and white American born in Thailand and adopted by an American Air Force father and a Japanese mother. She holds a Joint Appointment as professor in the Department of English and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and has served as director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn since 2010. She currently serves as the President of the National Association for Asian American Studies. Schlund-Vials’ work on visual culture, popular culture, human rights, and Asian American studies has appeared in a number of collections and journals. Her latest book is Asian America: A Primary Source Reader (2017), co-edited with K. Scott Wong and Jason O. Chang.

SEAN FREDERICK FORBES
SEAN FREDERICK FORBES is a mixed race Afro-Latino and the series editor of 2Leaf Press’ 2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY, which explores the past, present and future of diversity and inclusivity in America. He is the co-editor of the series’ first book, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WHITE IN AMERICA? Breaking the White Code of Silence, A Collection of Personal Narratives (2016). The series also includes the publication of THE BEIGING OF AMERICA (2017), edited by Cathy J. Vials-Schlund and Tara Betts, of which he also serves as co-editor; and BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED (2017), edited by Abiodun Oyewole. His work has appeared in various journals including Chagrin River Review, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. He is the author of the poetry collection, Providencia: A Book of Poems (2013), and teaches creative writing and poetry, and is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. www.seanfrederickforbes.com.

TARA BETTS
TARA BETTS TARA BETTS is mixed race award-winning poet, author and scholar of African American and white French descent. Betts is the author of Break the Habit (2016), Arc and Hue (2009) and the libretto, The Greatest: An Homage to Muhammad Ali (2010). She has appeared in several radio and television programs, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including POETRY, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Essence, Nylon, American Poetry Review, Gathering Ground, Bum Rush the Page, Villanelles, both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies, The Break Beat Poets, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and GHOST FISHING: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She is currently a professor at University of Illinois-Chicago. www.tarabetts.net.

 

FOREWORD BY MICHELE ELAN

MICHELE ELAM
MICHELE ELAM is the Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Professor of English, and currently Director of Stanford University’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Modern Thought and Literature (MTL). She is an affiliate with the Michelle R. Clayman Insitute for Gender Studies, African & African American Studies, and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Elam is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930 (2003), The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium (2011), and is editor of the Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (2015). She has published articles in African American Review, American Literature, Theatre Journal and Genre, among others as well as op-eds for CNN, Huffington Post, and Boston Review.

AFTERWORD BY HEIDI W. DURROW

HEIDI W. DURROW
HEIDI W. DURROW is mixed race of Danish and African-American descent. She is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (2010), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and is a book club favorite. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist. Durrow received BA in English at Stanford University, earned her MS Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and rceived her JD at Yale Law School. She has worked as a corporate attorney, a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes, and cohost of the award-winning weekly podcast, “Mixed Chicks Chat.” and is the founder and executive producer of the Mixed Remixed Festival. www.heidiwdurrow.com.

Contributors

To find out more information about THE BEIGING OF AMERICA and the contributors, visit the website at www.beigingofamerica.org.

Carlos Adams
Dedria Humphries Barker
Carly Bates
Jackson Bliss
F. Douglas Brown
Alison Carr
Mona Lisa Chavez Esqueda
Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd
Santana Dempsey
Timeka Drew
Naomi Raquel Enright
Anika Fajardo
Liberty Ferda
Chelsea Lemon Fetzer
Wayne Freeman
Frances Frost
Wendy A. Gaudin
Herbert Harris
Rena Heinrich
Velina Houston
Mark S. James
Allyson Jeffredo
Nadine M. Knight
Kyla Kupferstein
Jewel Love
devorah major-harden
Jane Marchant
Rachel Masilamani
Jeni McFarland
Abra Mims
Via Perkins
Eman Rimawi
Charles Matthew Snyder
Lily Anne Welty Tamai
Diana Emiko Tsuchida
Jenny Turner
Maya Washington
Shiane Wilcoxen
Jessica Williams

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