Author Archives: Jason Sperber

Seeing pink

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber Before my daughter was born, I knew what kind of father I wanted to be for her. My babygrrl was going to be raised to be a fierce, strong woman of color. I was … Continue reading

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This is where we live.

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber This is where we live. A couple weeks ago, my wife and I took our almost-three-year-old daughter to her first county fair. She got to eat French fries and funnel cake, look at cows, … Continue reading

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The parenting blogosphere’s lack of diversity

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber Last week, the parentblogosphere (or at least the neighborhood I frequent) was buzzing, post-BlogHer, with HKMIC (that’s Head Kimchi Mama In Charge) CityMama/Stefania Pomponi Butler’s smackdown on clueless PR flacks trying to get mombloggers … Continue reading

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How do we parent to eliminate bullying from our culture?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber My wife and I have been talking and thinking about this for a while. Last December, we heard a heartbreaking episode of This American Life in which a Muslim American family’s American dream dissolves … Continue reading

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What are the unique challenges of parenting multiracial children?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber, originally published at Rice Daddies I’ve been reading a bunch of posts lately, by hapa parents and/or parents of hapas, about that periennial old miscegenated bugaboo [no, not the stroller, look it up], the … Continue reading

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Santa’s Got a Brand-New Multi-Culti Bag

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber, originally published at Rice Daddies

I’ve always been that friend or relative that you either love or absolutely hate around gift-giving time: I like to give books and “educational” stuff. Of course, that also means that I love to get those kind of presents too, and I hope The Pumpkin picks up that tendency from me. Here’s a list of all the multi-culti and/or educational presents my toddlergirl received this Christmas (and no, they weren’t all from me!):

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How do you celebrate the, um, holidays?

by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber

holidaysWe put up our Christmas lights this weekend — well, we tried to put them up, but seeing as how four of five strings of icicle lights, which worked when I tested them individually, decided not to work when I had already gotten them up on the frakkin’ house, I guess I’ve gotta run to Target on my lunch break tomorrow.

Here in Bakersfield, of course, the first weekend of December is already late — Christmas-happy residents tend to follow the big-box retailers’ decorating lead and get stuff up by Thanksgiving eve, if not before.

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Trick or Treat? Thinking about the masks we put on our kids on Halloween

by ARP columnist, Jason Sperber A recent post on Rice Daddies, the group blog by Asian American dads that I coordinate, incited a lively debate among commenters about whether racially or culturally based Halloween costumes were well-meaning or racist, or … Continue reading

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What do you think?

by ARP Columnist, Jason Sperber If you surf certain corners of the parentblogosphere, chances are you’ve read, or even participated in, some pretty heated discussions about the intersection of race and parenting. Most parentblogs, however, are the creations of individual … Continue reading

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Columnist Intro: Jason

by ARP Columnist, Jason Sperber Where I’m Coming From What does it mean to be an anti-racist parent? Thinking about this question makes me flash back to the diversity trainings I was involved with during college, both as a participant … Continue reading

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