Chicago — “We are biracial, gay parents raising biological and adopted kids. I guess we are a little unique.”
The graphic shows what percentage of people responded to a “yes,” based on the gender and ethnicity of both parties (the data are only for opposite-sex pairs of people). Unsurprisingly, most “yes’s” go unanswered, but there are patterns: For example, Asian women responded to white men who “yessed” them 7.8% of the time, more often than they responded to any other race. On the other hand, white men responded to black women 8.5% of the time—less often than for white, Latino, or Asian women. In general, men responded to women about three times as often as women responded to men.Unfortunately the data reveal winners and losers. All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men. And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders.
Perhaps most surprising is that among men, all racial groups preferred another race over their own.
Interesting. Not sure what the non-knee jerk takeaway is, though (all of my thoughts on this are knee-jerk at the moment.)
As an aside: somebody who knew full well that I am of biracial/mixed/hapa descent once asked me what it was like being in an interracial relationship. After thinking about it, I answered,
"Even when I’m *not* in a relationship, I’m still in an interracial relationship."
It seemed thoughtful at the time.
In this next phase, I have broken it out into 3 sections
Synthesize all my research and see how it overlaps with my interests. In this section start to focus on what really matters with me.
- How is my thesis personally connected to me?
Research more about social constructs and understand how people self-identify by looking into how people perceive themselves and others. This will be done with surveys and 1-1 interviews.
- How do people self-identify?
- What does it mean to be American?
- How has living in America influenced the way they self-identity?
- On what basis are relationships established with friends and/or partners?
I am still interested in looking at how civic engagement can be a tool to strengthen diverse neighborhoods so I am volunteering with Participatory Budgeting NYC. My job will be to help Red Hook and Sunset Park residents assess their community needs and propose projects to their community and council member. I will observe how these participants interact with each other.
Amazing project that brings forth the discussion of race and stereotypes.
Last weekend, I attended the event “What Are You?” hosted by Crossing Border, Bridging Generations. During this 3-hour event, we discussed this inherently complicated question through the lens of a multicultural and multiracial viewpoint. It was inspiring to see projects like Question Bridge, We Are the 15%, and We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic manifest because of the need to acknowledge the complexities of identity. I felt this hunger for wanting a community where people can talk about their identity and find others who are going through the same struggles in a multicultural society. I look at the youngest generation in my family and majority of them are multiracial. I wonder how they will grapple with their identity in a pluralistic country.Read more
For the past two weekends, I’ve been hanging out at Prospect Park and asking strangers to participate in my experiment. I decided to go back to the postcards but this time I asked different prompts. The four prompts are:
The way it works is I ask a stranger to pick out a postcard, fill one out and then I mail it to another stranger in their neighborhood. The receiver then responds to their postcard through a Tumblr site.Read more