The Beiging of America


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



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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. It is this personal history that has shaped her as a scholar whose work is marked by immigration, migration and diaspora that repeatedly examines moments of dislocation, rupture, and movement. 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. She is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (2011), and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (2012). She has also co-edited and edited a number of collections, including Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (2014), Keywords for Asian American Studies (2015), and Interrogating the Perpetrator: Violation, Culpability, and Human Rights (2016). Her latest book is Asian America: A Primary Source Reader (2017), co-edited with K. Scott Wong and Jason O. Chang, and she is currently working on a number of publishing projects with Fordham University Press, and University of Georgia Press.

TARA BETTS is a 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 holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University, and an MFA in creative writing from New England College. She was a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is currently a professor at University of Illinois-Chicago. A Cave Canem graduate, she held residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera, and was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship.

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 also appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and the Black Family Channel series “SPOKEN” with Jessica Care Moore.


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.


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.


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), and the poetry collection, Providencia: A Book of Poems (2013). The series also includes the publication of THE BEIGING OF AMERICA (2017), edited by Cathy J. Vials-Schlund and Tara Betts, 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 teaches creative writing and poetry, and is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut.

Forbes studied English and Africana Studies at Queens College (CUNY), where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, and went on to receive his MA and PhD in English from the University of Connecticut. In 2009, Forbes received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia.
He has appeared on radio and television programs, and his work was featured online on Poem-a-Day, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets in 2014. He also served as the associate director of Humanities House, a living and learning community, at the University of Connecticut during the 2013-2014 academic year. Forbes is the poetry and nonfiction reader for the journal WESTVIEW published by Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He also leads professional learning and growth workshops for elementary and secondary school teachers who seek to advance creative writing to the language arts curriculum. >a href=””>


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