2010 Census Shows Asians are Fastest-Growing Race Group

Posted in Articles, Asian Diaspora, Census/Demographics, New Media, Reports, United States on 2012-03-21 23:30Z by Steven

2010 Census Shows Asians are Fastest-Growing Race Group

United States Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a 2010 Census brief, The Asian Population: 2010 [PDF], that shows the Asian population grew faster than any other race group over the last decade. The population that identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, grew by 45.6 percent from 2000 to 2010, while those who identified as Asian alone grew by 43.3 percent. Both populations grew at a faster rate than the total U.S. population, which increased by 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Out of the total U.S. population, 14.7 million people, or 4.8 percent, were Asian alone. In addition, 2.6 million people, or another 0.9 percent, reported Asian in combination with one or more other races. Together, these two groups totaled 17.3 million people. Thus, 5.6 percent of all people in the United States identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more other races…

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Family Tree’s Startling Roots

Posted in Anthropology, Articles, History, Media Archive, United States, Virginia on 2012-03-21 19:16Z by Steven

Family Tree’s Startling Roots

The New York Times

Felicia Lee

Thirty-nine lashes “well laid” on her bare back and an extension of her indentured servitude was Elizabeth Banks’s punishment for “fornication & Bastardy with a negroe slave,” according to a stark June 20, 1683, court document from York County, Va. Through the alchemy of celebrity and genealogy, that record and others led to the recent discovery that Banks, a free white woman despite her servitude, was the paternal ninth great-grandmother of Wanda Sykes, the ribald comedian and actress.

More than an intriguing boldface-name connection, it is a rare find even in a genealogy-crazed era in which Internet sites like ancestry.com, with more than 14 million users, and the popular NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” play on that fascination. Because slavery meant that their black ancestors were considered property and not people, most African-Americans are able to trace their roots in this country only back to the first quarter of the 19th century.

“This is an extraordinary case and the only such case that I know of in which it is possible to trace a black family rooted in freedom from the late 17th century to the present,” said the historian Ira Berlin, a professor at the University of Maryland known for his work on slavery and African-American history.

Mary Banks, the biracial child born to Elizabeth Banks around 1683, inherited her mother’s free status, although she too was indentured. Mary appeared to have four children. There are many other unanswered questions, but the family grew, often as free people of color married or paired off with other free people of color.

Ms. Sykes’s family history was professionally researched for a segment of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” a new series that has its debut Sunday on PBS.

“The bottom line is that Wanda Sykes has the longest continuously documented family tree of any African-American we have ever researched, ” said Mr. Gates, the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. He was referring to the dozens of genealogies his researchers have unearthed for his television roots franchise, which began in 2006 with the PBS series “African-American Lives” and includes three other genealogy-inspired shows. Mr. Gates said he also checked Ms. Sykes’s family tree with historians, including Mr. Berlin…

…Johni Cerny, who is the chief genealogist for Mr. Gates’s television programs, noted that many African-Americans with white ancestry could trace their heritage beyond the 1600s to European ancestors. She said 85 percent of African-Americans have some European ancestry.

The unique thing about Wanda is that she descends from 10 generations of free Virginia mulattos, which is more rare than descendants of mixed-race African-Americans who descend from English royalty,” Ms. Cerny wrote in an e-mail message.

More than 1,000 mixed-race children were born to white women in colonial Virginia and Maryland, but their existence has been erased from oral and written history, said Paul Heinegg, a respected lay genealogist and historian. Mr. Heinegg’s Web site, freeafricanamericans.com, features books and documents like tax lists that provide information about those families…

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Performativity and the Latina/o-white hybrid identity: performing the textual self

Posted in Communications/Media Studies, Dissertations, Identity Development/Psychology, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive on 2012-03-21 18:33Z by Steven

Performativity and the Latina/o-white hybrid identity: performing the textual self

University of South Florida
192 pages

Shane T. Moreman, Associate Professor of Communications
California State University, Fresno

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Department of Communication College of Arts and Sciences

This study is an exploration of Latina/o-White hybrid identity for constructions and negotiations of hybridity as performed in the lives of individuals and as rearticulated in discourse. These discourses are drawn from interviews with nine individuals, stories of my own life, and three published memoirs. Despite these different forms, all the self identified Latina/o-White hybrid individuals speak to the difficulty of imagining and enacting a hybrid identity within todays discourse on race and ethnicity. This study articulates these difficulties as lived experience, theory, and performance come together to argue for and against hybridity as a model for contemporary identity. The project rests mainly on the theory of performativity and the theory of hybridity. In Chapter Two, I interview nine participants. While Whiteness was consistently re-centered in their self-perceptions, this re-centering disrupts naturalness to their racial identity.
Race is understood beyond the visual and into the performative.This disruption of naturalness allows room for a more imaginative approach to race. In Chapter Three, I utilize the Mexican pop singer, Paulina Rubio, as a backdrop to my own theoretical and material performative embodiments of hybridity. I deconstruct the perceived hybridity of Paulina Rubio, and I theorize the lived-experience of my own hybrid performativity. I demonstrate how hybrid performativity,while theoretically achievable, loses its material efficacy.In Chapter Four, I do a close-reading of three memoirs written about and by Latina/o-White hybrid individuals. The range of hybridity, being thrust upon and beinga strategy, is reproduced as a continuum across different hybridities of the Latina/o-White hybrid individual. The continuum moves across five hybrid strategies for languaging identity: imposter, mongrel, homeless, bridge, and twin. Chapter Five is a summary of the dissertation.

Table of Contents

  • List of Tables
  • Abstract
  • Chapter One: Introduction
    • Rationale for the Study
    • Identity: Self, Other, and Racial Other
    • Performing an Identity
    • Multiplicity of Self and Other
    • Preview of the Chapters
  • Chapter Two: Acting in Concert and Acting In Accord: Performativity of Latina/o-White Identity
    • The Terms of Latina/o Identity
    • The Ineffable White
    • Between the Many-Named and the Never-Need-to-be-Named
    • Constructing and Negotiating Identity through Material Practices
    • Constructing and Negotiating Identity through the Visual
    • Constructing and Negotiating Identity through Discourse
    • Constructing and Negotiating Identity through Performative Acts
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Three: Paulina Rubio Y Yo: Questioning Hybrid Perfomativity
    • Paulina Rubio: ?Eres la persona que te dices?
    • Moving as She Moves and Mouthing Her Words: Hybrid Performativity
    • Globalized Media as an Opportunity for Hybridity
    • A Hybrid Identity Foreclosed
  • Chapter Four: Memoir as Equipment for Living: Hybrid Performative Identities
    • Textual Production of Hybrid Performativity
    • Performative Trappings: Language as Binary/Hierarchy Trap
    • Performative Trappings: Performing Whiteness
    • Performative Trappings: Words that Produce Their Subjects and Effects
    • When Performativity Meets Hybridity: Beyond the Trappings
    • A Continuum of Strategies of Hybrid Performativity: The Imposter
    • A Continuum of Strategies of Hybrid Performativity: The Mongrel
    • A Continuum of Strategies of Hybrid Performativity: The Homeless
    • A Continuum of Strategies of Hybrid Performativity: The Bridge
    • A Continuum of Strategies of Hybrid Performativity: The Twin
    • Hybridizing Art with Love
  • Chapter Five: A Grammar of Hybridity in the Subjunctive Mood
    • Overview of Significant Findings within the Chapters
    • Performativity & the Latina/o-White Hybrid Identity: Performing the Textual Self
    • Implications for Future Research in Hybridity
  • References
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A: Informed Consent
    • Appendix B: Interview Schedule
    • Appendix C: Letter of Support
  • About the Author

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