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Title:
In the shadow of race : growing up as a multiethnic, multicultural, and "multiracial" American
Author:
Arboleda, Teja.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Mahwah, N.J. : Erlbaum, 1998.
Physical Description:
xi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780805825749

9780805825756
Format :
Book

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Central Library E184.A1 A747 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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My father's father was Filipino-Chinese...
My father's mother was African American-Native American...
My mother's father was German-Danish...
My mother's mother was German...
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, but I grew up in Japan...
For once it's not just black and white. In this compelling chronicle of his journey through life as a multicultural and multiethnic American, Teja Arboleda uniquely and personally challenges institutionalized notions of race, culture, ethnicity, and class. Arboleda has presented his story around the United States through his one-man performance-lecture Ethnic Man Now, in this book, he fleshes out the depth of his experience as a culturally and racially mixed American, illustrating throughout the enigma of cultural and racial identity and the American identity crisis.
To facilitate its use as a course text, In the Shadow of Race is offered with a Teacher's Guide written by Christine Clark. Topics for discussion include: * the social construction of race;
* racial separatism vs. diversity;
* racial, ethnic, and cultural identity development;
* the politics of racial categorization;
* mixed "race" peoples;
* cultural identity vs. identity by heritage;
* the concept of a "cultural home;" and
* changing identities within cultures.


Summary

My father's father was Filipino-Chinese...
My father's mother was African American-Native American...
My mother's father was German-Danish...
My mother's mother was German...
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, but I grew up in Japan...
For once it's not just black and white. In this compelling chronicle of his journey through life as a multicultural and multiethnic American, Teja Arboleda uniquely and personally challenges institutionalized notions of race, culture, ethnicity, and class. Arboleda has presented his story around the United States through his one-man performance-lecture Ethnic Man Now, in this book, he fleshes out the depth of his experience as a culturally and racially mixed American, illustrating throughout the enigma of cultural and racial identity and the American identity crisis.
To facilitate its use as a course text, In the Shadow of Race is offered with a Teacher's Guide written by Christine Clark. Topics for discussion include: * the social construction of race;
* racial separatism vs. diversity;
* racial, ethnic, and cultural identity development;
* the politics of racial categorization;
* mixed "race" peoples;
* cultural identity vs. identity by heritage;
* the concept of a "cultural home;" and
* changing identities within cultures.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

For the past four years, Arboleda has performed a highly successful one-man show, "Ethnic Man," throughout the US. This volume is his attempt to turn this largely autobiographical show into a book. Arboleda is both multiethnic and multicultural. His father's father was Filipino-Chinese; his father's mother was African-American; his mother's father was German-Dutch; and his mother's mother was German. The author was born In Brooklyn, NY, but grew up in Japan. Arboleda's varied experiences have forced him to call into question American assumptions about terms such as race, ethnicity, and culture. Engagingly written and highly accessible,In the Shadow of Race contains many keen insights and useful observations but is not intended for a scholarly audience. The author offers few generalizations and raises many more questions than he attempts to answer. A video package of "Ethnic Man" (geared for grades 6 through 12) is also available from the publisher. Recommended for general readers. S. D. Glazier; University of Nebraska at Kearney


Choice Review

For the past four years, Arboleda has performed a highly successful one-man show, "Ethnic Man," throughout the US. This volume is his attempt to turn this largely autobiographical show into a book. Arboleda is both multiethnic and multicultural. His father's father was Filipino-Chinese; his father's mother was African-American; his mother's father was German-Dutch; and his mother's mother was German. The author was born In Brooklyn, NY, but grew up in Japan. Arboleda's varied experiences have forced him to call into question American assumptions about terms such as race, ethnicity, and culture. Engagingly written and highly accessible,In the Shadow of Race contains many keen insights and useful observations but is not intended for a scholarly audience. The author offers few generalizations and raises many more questions than he attempts to answer. A video package of "Ethnic Man" (geared for grades 6 through 12) is also available from the publisher. Recommended for general readers. S. D. Glazier; University of Nebraska at Kearney


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 Race Is a Four-Letter Wordp. 1
2 Among the Treesp. 6
3 Four Walls and a Cellarp. 15
4 Checkmatep. 24
5 Carrots?p. 30
6 Plastic Armiesp. 38
7 Old Fence, New Paintp. 43
8 Paper Houses, Horses, and Swordsp. 54
9 Squares in a Circlep. 64
10 Shufflep. 73
11 The Connectionp. 90
12 The Adjustable Pedestalp. 97
13 Hokkaidop. 108
15 The Official Proxyp. 131
16 """"You're Form China, Right?""""p. 138
17 The Awakeningp. 159
18 This Land is Your Landp. 168
19 Top of the Hillp. 183
2 Letting Gop. 195
21 Check One Onlyp. 208
22 Lossesp. 216
24 Onep. 236
25 Cool Winds Return Homep. 245
26 Homep. 247
About the Authorp. 266

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