Asian American Racial Realities in Black and White

Asian American Racial Realities in Black and White

Lynne Rienner Publishers
June 2011
167 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935049-39-5

Bruce Calvin Hoskins, Professor of Sociology
MiraCosta College, Oceanside, California

What does it mean for an Asian American to be part white—or part black? Bruce Hoskins probes the experience of biracial Asian Americans, revealing the ways that our discourse about multiracial identities too often reinforces racial hierarchies.

Hoskins explores the everyday lives of people of Asian/white and Asian/black heritage to uncover the role of our society’s white-black continuum in shaping racial identity. Mixing intimate personal stories with cutting-edge theoretical analysis, he directly confronts the notion that multiracial identity provides an easy solution for our society’s racial stratification.

Read the introduction here.

Table of Conents

  • Introduction
  • Internal Racial Identity
  • Public Racial Identity
  • The External Context of Racial Identity Formation
  • Learning Racial Hierarchy
  • Conclusion
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