Thanks, LIE readers, for your link suggestions last week. I’m building up my bookmark file once again, thanks to you!
Newport Ads Target Black Youth: Stanford Study [Reuters; h/t Racialicious]
The study “shows the predatory marketing in school neighborhoods with higher concentrations of youth and African-American students,” by the menthol cigarette maker, researcher Lisa Henriksen said in a statement.
Do Kids Prefer Playmates of Different Ethnicities? [Concordia University]
“We found Asian-Canadian and French-Canadian children seemed to prefer interacting with kids of the same ethnic background,” says Nadine Girouard, a research associate in the Concordia Department of Psychology and member of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH). “Both groups were more interactive with children of the same ethnicity and, when matched with kids from another background, preferred solitary play.”
This study builds on previous investigations that have shown preschoolers prefer to play with children of the same ethnic group. The research team also observed how multicultural playmates could influence conflict among peers of the same ethnicity — findings that contradict previous studies. “We observed that Asian-Canadian children frequently removed or attempted to remove toys from each other,” explains Girouard. “When interacting with peers of the same ethnicity, Asian-Canadian preschoolers were more competitive.”
It Doesn’t Get Old [Foreigner in Buckeye Nation]
I guess the story starts when we checked the box next to African American on our adoption application, because that’s when I knew we would someday leave Portland, Maine. I knew this even though my desk at Learning Works looked out onto an elementary school playground where more than half the students climbing up the ladder to the slide were children of color. Collectively those students spoke more than forty languages. They were from Somalia, and Sudan, and the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, and Cambodia. And a few of them were African American. But not many.
And I knew it again when the kids came over to Learning Works after school, and the visiting artist went around the room and asked each kid to name their culture or ethnicity, and they, each in turn, said, “Somali,” or “Congolese,” or “Croatian,” except when we got to the biracial girl, a fifth grader raised by her white father, who paused in confusion before answering: “English, I guess.” It was clear to me that in a school where most of the children of color spent their time in ESL classes, culture, ethnicity, and race were defined by language. So who are you if you have brown skin and were raised to speak English?