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Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

Title

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

Publisher

Knopf Publishing Group

Publication Year

1998

ISBN

9780375400315

Pages

272 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

anthology

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Eighteen biracial and bicultural writers address the difficulties and benefits of growing up different in the United States. As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like 'What are you?' and 'Where are you from?' aren't answered -- they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared sense of duality, address the difficulties of not fitting into and the benefits of being part of two worlds. Through the lens of personal experience, they offer a broader spectrum of meaning for race and culture. And in the process, they map a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Biracial; Bicultural; biracial people; mixed race; bicultural people

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

Awards

Senior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Fifteenth Edition,1999
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2000 Short Takes

Keywords

personal stories; different religions; famous authors

Diversity Impact

direct

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural

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