Multiracial: Not so black and white

On March 29, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down and filled out the U.S. federal census form for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He included his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson as members of his household. When he came to Question 9, which asks the person’s race, he filled in the […]

Multiracial & Multiethnic Special Issue: Introduction

In 2007, Hapa Issues Forum formally closed down. Founded in 1992 to provide a voice for multiracial Nikkei, the organization eventually expanded to serve a wider Asian American constituency, but languished into inactivity during its final years. In 2008, the Nichi Bei Times published its first special edition dedicated to multiracial and multiethnic topics. Although […]

Multiracial: Border Crosser: Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu navigates nations, cultures and academia

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is looking again toward Japan. A psychotherapist, writer and academic, Murphy-Shigematsu has lived in Palo Alto, Calif. the past eight years, teaching at Stanford University and running an independent multicultural consulting practice. Life in the Bay Area, he says, is easy for someone like him, the son of an Irish American man and […]

Multiracial: Observations of a Waegook

It’s a strange feeling to be labeled as a “foreigner,” but that’s what I was. Foreigner. Waegook. In Korea, it’s the all-purpose term for someone not like them. We weren’t considered immigrants, international students, foreign workers or tourists. Or Americans, Europeans or Africans. Just foreigners, lumped together in an easy category. I don’t think we […]

Multiracial Enka Singer Jero ‘Helps Connect Cultures’

“I’m at a loss for words, it’s really humbling to be here,” Pittsburgh-native and enka sensation Jero told the audience at his sold-out March 28 show at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. “I never imagined being able to perform like this in a foreign country.” The 28-year-old mixed-race Nikkei paused and […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: Race and Reality: The ‘Balloon Boy,’ Jon & Kate

On Wednesday last week, a six-year-old hapa boy captured the attention of the world when it was reported that he was trapped in a homemade helium balloon floating 15,000 feet in the air. Falcon Heene, dubbed “the balloon boy,” replaced President Obama’s New Orleans town hall meeting as the day’s big story on cable news. […]

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