Do you have questions about parenting mixed-race children? Don’t know who to talk to? I’ve written before about Sharon Chang’s book Raising Mixed Race and also about the thought-provoking Visible and Invisible exhibit currently on display at the Japanese American Museum in San Jose. Next month, you can meet Sharon in person during a panel discussion on raising multiracials. Hear from and ask your questions to more experienced parents of hapa kids.
The museum itself is is also worthy of an afternoon visit and there are also many delicious cafe, shaved ice shops and restaurants nearby. My recommendations: Gombei for homestyle Japanese fare and Minato Sushi for families with younger kids, who will enjoy picking a cute little prize at the end of the meal.
Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Sharon earlier this year:
Of 75 multiracial Asian children represented in my book mostly under the age of 6 who were predominantly Asian-white – at least half had already experienced racism as racialized people of color. This number is likely much higher given it’s based on parent reports and parents demonstrated repeatedly that they did not like to see their children’s real racial experiences. Further these children were having the very unique challenge of facing racism not predominantly outside the home, but within the home. Sadly a lot of the discrimination they contended with was by white family members. There is a very particularly painful toll in having to deal with discrimination coming from people you love and hold valued relationships with.
Sounds like a great opportunity for San Francisco Bay Area parents to talk about some of the issues that come with raising mixed-race Asian Americans. Here’s the info:
Panel Discussion on Parenting Mixed-Race Kids
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 No. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
For more information visit the Japanese American Museum website.