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(Hat tip to Angry Asian Man) In “In any language, a full plate,” a recent New York Times article, the Liu family struggles to reinforce their childrens’ Korean-Chinese identities and help them keep up in a highly-competitive environment.

As for heritage, Ms. Liu wants to make sure that Chris understands he’s Asian-American. “One time a boy saw Christopher and said, ‘Look, a Chinese boy,” recalled Ms. Liu. “Christopher says, ‘Where?’ I want to do something to make him understand his background and make sure that he’s confident about it.” She turned to her husband and asked, “Do you care if he knows he’s Korean?”

“I don’t think I worry about it,” he said. “The thing I’m most concerned about — at some point in life, he will come to the understanding he’s not the same as everyone else. I don’t want him to be ashamed of that.” Mr. Chung said that growing up in a mostly white, blue-collar town, he worked to excel at track and football as a way of proving that he was as good as or better than other children. “It gave me some added drive,” he said, “a reason to want to succeed.” Read more…

On NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Mocha Moms answer questions from listeners, including “Is the concept of Mocha Moms racist?” Listen…

Lately, we’ve talked a lot on ARP about students of color in majority white schools. On The Root, Delece Smith-Barrow explains why she chose a predominantly-white institution rather than a historically black college.

–”Are all of your friends white?”

That was not the response I’d expected after telling a member of my study abroad program that I’d graduated from a PWI: Predominantly White Institution. She looked at me as though I’d attended school on Mars instead of at my racially-diverse state university, located a mere eight miles away from her historically black alma mater.

And then there was the time I’d told a coworker that I’d chosen the University of Maryland. She assumed I went to Howard. “Oh,” she said, in a tone that sounded like, “why not?”

President George W. Bush is scheduled to issue a proclamation honoring America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and designating Sept. 7-13, 2008 as National HBCU Week.

I appreciate the contributions HBCUs have made throughout history, too, but for me, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) was never a consideration. Read more…

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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