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Why NBC’s The Voice is the Perfect Example of a Mixed Nation

Although I’ve only been a fan of NBC’s “The Voice” for two seasons, I’m completely enamored of it. I went from merely liking the show to loving it because of this past week’s episode. What happened? Before one of Adam Levine’s team members performed, the show did a short video vignette about her. The performer […]

Raising Confident Hapa Kids

“Your kids are so beautiful!” “Is their father white?” “Look at that wavy hair.” “She has Chinky eyes.” Those are just a few of the comments parents of hapa kids hear everyday. The phrase hapa haole is Hawaiian slang meaning half-white. Nowadays, the term hapa is used by many Asian Americans as an affectionate term […]

“I Am Mixed” Q&A

The “I Am Mixed” children’s book was created to help multicultural & mixed race children be proud of who they are. It helps deal with identity issues and encourages them to be happy about all parts of their mix. This book has wonderful illustrations & great word flow for easy reading. It also has some […]

Uncomfortable In The ‘Comfort Zone’

‘Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable.’ Tom Robbins Are we really comfortable where we are in life, or are we just settling because we don’t believe we can get any better? Most people I have met try […]

Capoeira: A Resilient & Unique Martial Art

Although there were many disastrous consequences from colonization-which still have ripple effects on our society until this day- the human spirit is amazingly resilient. Approximately 3.5 million people were kidnapped from Africa and taken to Brazil during the 350 years of the slave trade. The Afro-Brazilian art form of Capoeira is an excellent example of […]

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This includes the first Japanese immigrants in the United States in 1843, the Chinese immigrants who helped to complete the transcontinental railroad in 1869, the […]

Transforming the Negative to Positive

When I feel the burning sting of a racist remark, I remind myself that it is just an ignorant bark… When I see thick polluting smog taking over the horizon, I close my eyes and imagine the beauty of a rainbow glistening under the sun… When I hear police & ambulance sirens at odd hours […]

Gay in the NBA

NBA center Jason Collins announced that he’s gay in a story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first active player in a major American team sport to announce that he’s gay. He wrote: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major […]

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