Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women

Posted in Anthologies, Autobiography, Biography, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Women on 2011-04-16 04:02Z by Steven

Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women

Sister Vision Press
May 1994
389 pages
8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
Paperback ISBN: 092081395X; ISBN 13: 9780920813959
This book is out of print.

Edited by

Carol Camper

Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women is a stunning and long awaited collection of some of the most poignant writing by more than forty women of mixed racial heritage.  Together they explore the concept of a mixed race identity, the fervour of belonging, the harsh reality of not belonging—of grappling in two or more worlds and the final journey home.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Carol Camper Into the Mix
  • Edge to the Middle … location, identity, paradox
    • Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar Ms. Edge Innate
    • A. Nicole Bandy Sorry, Our Translator’s Out Sick Today
    • Culture Is Not Static
    • Lisa Jensen “journal entry 25/10/92″
    • Elehna de Sousa Untitled
    • Nadra Qadeer Spider Woman
    • Deanne Achong Untitled
    • Michele Chai Don’t
    • Naomi Zack My Racial Self Over Time
    • Mercedes Baines Mulatto Woman a honey beige wrapper
    • Mixed Race Women’s Group—Dialogue One
    • Michele Paulse Commingled
    • Lara Doan Untitled
    • Lisa Suhair Majaj Boundaries, Borders, Horizons
  • But You Don’t Look Like a… faces, body, hair
    • Lisa Jensen (one more time now.)
    • Ijosé Two Halves—One Whole (Part I)
    • Two Halves—One Whole (Part two)
    • Ngaire Blankenberg Untitled
    • Blue
    • Joanne Arnott Mutt’s Memoir
    • Lois Robertson-Douglass No Nation Gal
    • Marilyn Elain Carmen The Issue of Skin Colour
    • Claire Huang Kinsley Questions People Have Asked Me
    • Questions I Have Asked Myself
    • Gitanjali Saxena Second Generation; Once Removed
  • My Name is Peaches… obiectification.exoticizaiton
    • Mercedes Baines Bus Fucking
    • Where Are You From? A broken record
    • Michele Chai Resistance 153
    • S.R.W. What is a “Sister”?
    • Barbara Malanka Noblewomen In Exile
    • Stephanie Martin Is true what dem seh bout colrd pussy?
    • Michelle La Flamme Yo White Boy
    • Carol Camper Genetic Appropriation
    • Family Album
  • Some More Stories
    • Annharte Emilia I Should a Said Something Political
    • Victoria Gonzalez Nicaragua, Desde Siempre: War fragments from a woman’s pen
    • Marilyn Dumont The Halfbreed Parade
    • The Red & White
    • S.R.W. For My Sister Rosemary: Just Like Mine
    • Claiming Identity: Mixed Race Black Women Speak
    • Joanne Arnott Song About
    • kim mosa mcneilly don’t mix me up
  • The Unmasking… betrayals, hard truths
    • Lorraine Mention Journal Entry: Thoughts on My “Mother”
    • Letter to a Friend
    • Nadra Qadeer To a Traveller
    • Nila Gupta Falling from the Sky
    • Rage is my sister
    • Jaimi Carter Are You Writing a Book?
    • Nona Saunders Mother Milk
    • Children’s Games
    • Pussy Willows and Pink
    • S.R.W. Untitled
    • That Just Isn’t Right
    • Michi Chase One
    • Karen Stanley Warnings (Suspense Version)
    • Joanne Arnott Little On The Brown Side
    • Speak Out, For Example
    • Anonymous White Mother, Black Daughter
    • Mixed Race Women’s Group—Dialogue Two
    • Heather Green This Piece Done, I Shall Be Renamed
    • Myriam Chancy Je suis un Nègre
    • Yolanda Retter Quincentennial Blues
  • Are We Home Yet?… return to self and cultures
    • Diana Abu-Jaber Tbe Honeymooners
    • Nona Saunders Tapestry I
    • Tapestry II Carole Gray Heritage
    • Bernardine Evaristo Letters from London
    • Ngaire Blankenberg Halifax
    • Kukumo Rocks Route to My Roots
    • Pam Bailey Naming and Claiming Multicultural Identity
    • Maxine Hayman Shortbread and Oolichan Grease
    • Seni Seneviratne Cinnamon Roots
    • Shanti Thakur Domino: Filming the Stories of Interracial People
    • Nila Gupta The Garden of My (Be)Longing 350
    • Gitanjali Saxena Gitanjali’s Bio
    • Kathy Ann March Like Koya
    • Faith Adiele Learning to Eat
    • The Multicultural Self
    • Remembering Anticipating Africa
  • Contributors’ Notes
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Ten Questions, with Adebe DeRango-Adem

Posted in Articles, Identity Development/Psychology, Interviews, Media Archive, Women on 2011-04-15 21:42Z by Steven

Ten Questions, with Adebe DeRango-Adem

Open Book Toronto

Adebe DeRango-Adem talks to Open Book about the anthology she co-edited with Andrea Thompson, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications). The goal for this exciting anthology was not to nail down what identity means, but rather to open discussion and interrogate the diverse experiences of mixed-race identity and identification.
Open Book:
Tell us about the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out.

Adebe DeRango-Adem:
Other Tongues was born from a combination of necessity and a desire to see a new and refreshing literature that could be at the forefront of mixed-race discourse and women’s studies. We are very proud of the finished product and anticipate that it will make many waves in literary and academic communities across the continent!
What inspired you to put together this anthology?

The idea behind this anthology of writing by and about mixed-race women in North America was planted in our minds when we each came across Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women (1994), edited by Carol Camper. While we picked up this groundbreaking book at different times in our lives, the anthology had a lasting impact on both of us, an impact that would set the stage for the collaboration that became Other Tongues. We are thrilled to have had Carol Camper contribute to our anthology and continue to be inspired by the women who have responded so warmly to this book. What inspired me personally is, as many interracial women may share experientially, a feeling that my interracial history is a ripe place for critical analysis.
The subtitle, Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, suggests that identity is a significant theme for Other Tongues. What are some of the ways that your contributors approach issues of identity?
In seeking work for this book, we asked our prospective contributors to share their own individual experiences and tell their unique stories in relation to the way(s) in which they identified themselves. This process led to the excavation of perspectives of women from diverse backgrounds, ideologies, racial mixes, ages, social classes, sexual orientations and geographical locations. This collection has become a snapshot of the North American terrain of questions about race, mixed-race, racial identity, and how mixed-race women in North America identify in the 21st Century.

Yet, Andrea and I made it clear that our agenda was not to define what or how mixed-race identity means, but to open up dialogue. Talking about identity is as dangerous as it is reifying and necessary; as contestable as it is a question of commitment. Authenticity is as much about finding oneself as it is a concept shaped by social norms. In addressing these questions, we asked the women who submitted work to be considered to make a distinction between issues of race and those of cultural identity. In Other Tongues, there are multiple visions and understandings of authenticity/identity, as exemplified by the various sections we have. Where this book treats interracial identities uniquely is in our conscious effort to link creativity to identification; recognizing our potential for creativity as a source of value for writing who we are…

Read the entire interview here.

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