Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

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Thai-British Families: Towards a deeper understanding of 'mixedness'

Jessica Mai Sims, The Runnymede Trust)

Jessica Mai Sims

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Jessica Mai Sims, The Runnymede Trust

Date posted

Wednesday 29 August 2007

Abstract

Little Britain's characters Ting Tong Macadangdang and her White British husband Dudley, have become the most famous Thai-White British relationship in British media. This sketch, along with press coverage of Thai women migrating to Britain, have set the standard profile of the life of a Thai woman in Britain, not as a woman, or someone of Thai ethnicity, but as a 'Thai Bride' found on the internet through dating agencies.

This article will explore the challenges Thai-White British relationships face, the strategies couples employ to confront stereotypes and the implications of the lack of positive images of Thai culture and mixed Thai relationships for Thai and mixed Thai/British young people. The following case presented here of both mixed Thai-White British families and mixed Thai/White British people will endeavour to present a deeper understanding on the meaning of 'mixing' and 'mixedness' for Britain.

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People in harmony

Jill Olumide, People in Harmony)

Jill Olumide

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Jill Olumide, People in Harmony

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

Abstract

People in Harmony is a charity that has been active for some 35 years. It was formed as a self help group to offer a refuge to mixed race families and mixed race people from the onslaught of the politics of the time (the heyday of Enoch Powell) when the race card was often played with reference to the perceived unnatural and inappropriate (if not distasteful) practise and outcomes of race mixing.


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Gendering mixed-race - deconstructing mixedness

Dr Suki Ali, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Dr Suki Ali

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Dr Suki Ali, London School of Economics and Political Science

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

Abstract

This short paper arises from the workshop of the same title from which this collection comes, in which we presented some of our perspectives on the contemporary interest in mixedness. As such this paper aims to add some thoughts to an ongoing debate about research into mixed-race, and how this is and might be configured by the current debates about mixedness in the UK; this is not an academic paper per se, but draws upon my own research in this area.

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The diversity of the 'mixed' race population in Britain

Miri Song, University of Kent)

Miri Song

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Miri Song, University of Kent

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

Abstract

The growth of 'mixed race' people and relationships today makes nonsense out of the idea that there exist distinct, 'natural' 'races' among people in multiethnic societies around the world. The population of the UK is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of ethnicity, race, religion, and national identity. For the first time, the growth in 'mixed race' people was officially recognized by the inclusion of a "mixed" group in the 2001 UK Census, in which about 674,000 people were identified as 'mixed'. Demographers have identified the "mixed" group as one of the fastest growing of all ethnic groups, estimating that by 2010 it will have increased by more than 40 per cent (or by more than 80 per cent by 2020) compared with 2001.

Yet in spite of its growing importance in demographic terms and its entry into 'official' data collection, relatively little is known about the life experiences of so-called 'mixed' people, or how this new population grouping identifies in ethnic and racial terms - information which is crucial for our understandings of cultural diversity and the delivery of culturally competent public services.

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A mixed society should be a positive society

Graham Suppiah,)

Graham Suppiah

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Graham Suppiah,

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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A summary of issues facing mixed-race people/single parents with mixed-race children in today's society.

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Health Criminal justice Culture and sport

A white woman’s experience of “mixing”

Gill Lawrence, writer)

Gill Lawrence

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Gill Lawrence, writer

Date posted

Wednesday 22 August 2007

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If you have grown up in a predominantly white community, suddenly experiencing racism when you have Black friends or lovers can be quite a shock.

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Mixed race people in advertising

Emma Dabiri,)

Emma Dabiri

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Emma Dabiri,

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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"London is the home of most of the advertising industry. 20 per cent of the population is from an ethnic minority background but only 4.5 per cent of people in advertising agencies are from ethnic minorities, and the majority of them are in support disciplines such as IT and accounts departments," says Jonathan Mildenhall (joint managing director of TBWA, co-chair of the IPA's Ethnic Diversity Committee, who is himself mixed-race). In some agencies, the lack of black executives is so acute that it is not unknown for them to scurry out and hire one or two black recruits if they win an account with an ethnic target market."There aren't enough people from ethnic minorities in advertising," agrees Stephen Woodford, president of the IPA. "We need to address this for both moral and pragmatic reasons."

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First person: Eve Ahmed

Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist)

Eve Ahmed

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Eve Ahmed, freelance journalist

Date posted

Monday 30 July 2007

Abstract

When I was growing up, life was bleached white. At all three of my schools - infant's, primary and secondary - there were two or three lonely-looking African Caribbean and Asian girls, while everyone else was definitively pale-skinned. That's what south London was like during the 1970's and 80's. There was no-one else around like me. I was the sole 'beige' person, with a Pakistani dad and an English mum.

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