Mixed race identity: A reading list

This post was originally published on Medium.

A sampling of some of the books, articles, music, and films that helped inform the creation of my new podcast, Other: Mixed Race in America

Before I started conducting interviews for my new podcast, Other: Mixed Race in America, I took a few months to try and read everything I could find about mixed race theory. Every article I found would lead to another book, another facet of the discussion.

In the interest of transparency, I thought it would be fun to share my media consumption list over the last year with you all.

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Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity — Lise Funderburg

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural — edited by Claudine Chiawei O’Hearn

Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience —Chandra Prasad

‘Mixed Race’ Studies: A Reader — edited by Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

The Face: A Time Code — Ruth Ozeki

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights — Kenji Yoshino

Hapa Japan Volume 1: History — edited by Duncan Ryuken Williams

Hapa Japan Volume 2: Identities and Representations — edited by Duncan Ryuken Williams



The Quadroons — Lydia Maria Child

Slavery’s Pleasant Homes — Lydia Maria Child

Passing — Nella Larsen

Edinburgh — Alexander Chee

The Gilded Years — Karin Tanabe

Caucasia — Danzy Senna

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky — Heidi Durrow

Everything I Never Told You — Celeste Ng

The Hostage’s Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East — Sulome Anderson

A Tale for the Time Being — Ruth Ozeki

All Over Creation — Ruth Ozeki

My Year of Meats — Ruth Ozeki

On Beauty — Zadie Smith

[I was tired of conversations about race being framed in black and white. So I created my own conversation.]


The Tragic Mulatto Myth — Dr. David Pilgrim

Learning why we don’t always mix: A Q&A with Mindy Thompson Fullilove

The Changing Face of America — Lise Funderburg

When Are You White? — Lise Funderburg

Interrogating the Hyphen-Nation: Mixed Race Identities and Multicultural Policy — Minelle Mahtani

When Half is Whole: Learning from the Stories of Multiethnic Asian American Identities — Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

A Narrative of Finding Home for Mixed Roots People: Telling “Our” Story — Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

Addressing Issues of Biracial Asian Americans — Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

Navigating the Color Complex: How Multiracial Individuals Narrate the Elements of Appearance and Dynamics of Color in Twenty-First-Century America — David Brunsma

Hypen-Nation — New York Times

Redefining Asian America: Cultural Politics, Aesthetics, and Social Networks of Independent Rock Musicians — Wendy Hsu

The untold stories of Japanese war brides — Kathryn Tolbert


Almost Asian

Chasing Daybreak

Halving the Bones

Ingrid Nilsen: Growing up in a mixed family


Your Best American Girl music video

Listenable (podcasts/music)

The Mashup Americans

Women of the Hour season 2, episode 9: Sickness & Health

Japanese Breakfast: Psychopomp

Mitski: Puberty 2

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