Culture

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 […]

Memorable Multicultural Musicians of the ‘90s

If there’s one thing that is equally appreciated and celebrated by all cultures, it is music. Music defies gender, skin color and race, and it brings people together in a beautiful and harmonious way. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind,” and I’d have to agree with him. We’ve all at […]

8 year old Martin Richards dies in the Boston Marathon Bombings

An eight-year-old boy, Martin Richards, was waiting at the finish line to give his father a hug at the Boston Marathon. He was killed as two hidden bombs detonated within seconds of each other. Little Martin was among the three people killed and more than 144 injured from this cowardly act of violence. This photo was taken […]

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 […]

Mixed Nation Dishes: Jerk Chicken & Pasta

Food is synonymous with heritage, culture and identity. Recipes can be passed along through generations of families and are reminiscent of your roots. Exploring culture through cuisine is one way to explore various cultures and see the differences and similarities between us all. Over the years, fusion cuisine has become popular; mixing up spices and ingredients from various countries […]

What is Culture?

Our ethnic identity and culture may overlap but they are not interchangeable. There are obvious and non-obvious things that make up our cultural identity. A nice visual that helps explain this concept is an iceberg. Although you can see the tip of an iceberg, as you can see a person’s skin color, you can not […]

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