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On Reapropriate, a post about the release of Secret Identities, an Asian American Superhero anthology, includes a quote about comics and Asian youth by freelance writer Keith Chow, whose conversation with San Francisco Chronicle writer Jeff Yang inspired the new book:

“Comics have always been a refuge for kids who are shy or socially awkward. And I think for Asian Americans, the parallels are even stronger. You’re an outsider. You don’t fit in. But then you go to school and meet other people like yourself. You discover your secret heritage – the thing inside you that makes you special.” Read more…

 Hmmm…I am taking this release that moved on PR/Newswire with a grain of salt. Having been on the commissioning end of a few studies, I am quite skeptical when it comes to these things. Nevertheless, the results are intriguing. I wonder why children of color might be more pessimistic about the world?

Has all of the attention on saving the planet these days actually created more anxiety about the state of the Earth for our children? Perhaps. A new survey finds that one out of three children ages 6-11 years old fear that the planet won’t exist when they grow up and more than half (56%) believe that the Earth will not be as good a place to live. Minority children worried the most – with 75% of Black children and 65% of Hispanic children fearing the planet was going to deteriorate before they grew up. Read more…

I just discovered that The Chicago Tribune has an online section dealing exclusively with race. Some parts haven’t been updated, but interesting sections include one on Racial Etiquette, a Prejudice Compass featuring tests to evaluate your own bias, and Revelations where readers can share what they have learned about race. There is some provocative and maddening talk there. Check it out.

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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,, 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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