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The Beiging of America.

The Beiging of America

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, SeanFrederick Forbes, Tara Betts, editors

2Leaf Press

PO Box 4378, Grand Central Station, New York, NY, 10163-4378

9781940939544, $24.99, PB, 286pp,

Synopsis: Collaborative compiled and co-edited by the team of Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (who is a mixed-race Cambodian and white American. She holds a Joint Appointment as professor in the Department of English and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut), SeanFrederick Forbes (who is a mixed race Afro-Latino and the series editor of 2Leaf Press' 2LP Explorations in Diversity), and Tara Betts (who is a mixed-race award-winning poet, author and scholar of African American and white French descent), "The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century", takes on "race matters" and considers them through the firsthand accounts of mixed race people in the United States.

This unique collection consists of contributions by 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists and activists, whose personal narratives articulate the complexities of interracial life. "The Beiging of America" was prompted by cultural critic/scholar Hua Hsu, who contemplated the changing face and race of U.S. demographics in his 2009 The Atlantic article provocatively titled "The End of White America." In it, Hsu acknowledged "steadily ascending rates of interracial marriage" that undergirded assertions about the "beiging of America".

"The Beiging of America" is an absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories that explore racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed-race experience, these unadorned voices offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers.

Critique: Thoughtful and thought-provoking, "The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century" is an inherently compelling read and a valued contribution to our on-going national discussion over America's changing demographics. While an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Beiging of America" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Helen Dumont


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Title Annotation:The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century
Author:Dumont, Helen
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2019
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