The question of who counts as 'American' has been around as long as the country has. In this episode, we tell the story of Virginia Matsuoka, a half-Japanese woman who was interned during World War II.
In this episode we look into the history of African Americans passing as white in the U.S. Karin Tanabe, author of 'The Gilded Years' joins us to share the story of Anita Hemmings, Vassar College’s first black graduate.
We talk with Amy S. Choi of The Mashup Americans about what it means to be a mashup family. Then, we share a story about Sulome Anderson, a journalist who has spent her career humanizing the people responsible for the pain and discord in her life.
In the first episode of Other: Mixed Race in America, we investigate the supercharged (and super awkward) microaggressions that multiracial people face in romantic situations. New York Magazine’s Maureen O’Connor shares a story about a casual hookup that turned creepy, and we hear the story of one woman who still grapples with the effects of being fetishized at a young age.
Starting May 1, this five-part miniseries will introduce you to stories of mixed race Americans. Five episodes, five themes, and a whole bunch of stories to make you think about what it means to be an American.