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"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.
Chapter 15: The Hazards of Visibility: “Bifacial” Women, Media Images, and Narratives of Identity
The Hazards of Visibility: “Bifacial” Women, Media Images, and Narratives of Identity
The republic of the United States is a society consumed by ideas of racial purity and racial denial. Therefore, the United States is also replete with fascination with racial mixing and racial difference.
In this chapter, I examine the topic of biracial women through two lenses: media images from the United States and a small sample of creative writing and documentary videos produced by college-age women from two University of California campuses. We encounter an immediate dilemma with regard to terminology because, in media imagery, it is rarely possible to discern whether a woman depicted is “biracial,” that is, has ...