In her bold new edited volume, The Multiracial Experience, Maria P. P. Root challenges current theoretical and political conceptualizations of race by examining the experience of mixed-race individuals. Articulating questions that will form the basis for future discussions of race and identity, the contributors tackle concepts such as redefining ethnicity when race is less central to the definition and how a multiracial model might dismantle our negative construction of race. Researchers and practitioners in ethnic studies, anthropology, education, law, psychology, nursing, social work, and sociology add personal insights in chapter-opening vignettes while providing integral critical viewpoints. Sure to stimulate thinking and discussion, the contributors focus on the most contemporary racial issues, including the racial classification system from the U.S. Census to the schools; the differences between race, ethnicity, and colorism; gender and sexuality in a multicultural context; ethnic identity and identity formation; transracial adoption; and the future of race relations in the United States. The Multiracial Experience opens up the dialogue to rethink and redefine race and social relations in this country. This volume provides discussions key to all professionals, practitioners, researchers, and students in multicultural issues, ethnic relations, sociology, education, psychology, management, and public health. “Dr. Maria P. P. Root's … discussions are thoughtful, analytical, and informative. Root argues that the emergence of a racially mixed population is transforming the racial character of the United States and that the increasing presence of multiracial people necessitates Americans to ask questions about their identity.” --Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism “Finally, in one volume, ammunition for the informed debate about what multiculturalism means in the United States.” --Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial
Chapter 2: Government Classification of Multiracial/Multiethnic People
Government Classification of Multiracial/Multiethnic People
I cannot recall exactly when I first became aware of my identity as both an American and a Mexican. Perhaps it was as early as the age of 4, when we prepared to travel to Mexico for the Christmas holidays to visit my father's family in Mexico City. It was probably then that we took a trip to the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco to ensure that our travel papers were in order, at which time I learned that my parents had registered me at birth as a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Naturally, I asked a familiar question: Who or what am I? Am I half Mexican and half American? My ...