Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'racism'

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Judgement of Solomon

Savita De Sousa & John Simmonds, British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Savita De Sousa & John Simmonds

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Monday 03 September 2007

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The title of this paper comes from the story of King Solomon, who made a judgement in the case of two women who came to see him carrying a dead baby and a living one with each claiming the living child as her own. Solomon ordered that the living child be cut in two and that half be given to each mother. When one woman gave up her claim rather than see the child killed, Solomon at once recognised her as the true mother. This powerful story is indicative of the kind of judgement that social workers are often in the position of making when deciding which family to place a 'looked after' child with, including those of mixed heritage.

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First person: Amanda Hussain

Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster)

Amanda Hussain

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Amanda Hussain, Journalist and broadcaster

Date posted

Monday 03 September 2007

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I'm a broadcaster and live in Winchester, Hampshire, with my husband Ian, a film publicist, and our five-year-old daughter, Lola. I'm used to describing myself as mixed race and yet a friend recently picked me upon it and argued that we should now be saying 'dual heritage' instead.

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Not Black Enough

Lin King,)

Lin King

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Lin King,

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Friday 31 August 2007

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I was born in 1949 to a white woman and a black father. I was put into care from birth. I do not think that this was unusual at the time. Although I do not know of any research to substantiate this, I believe the pressure on white women to give mixed race babies up existed at that time. The pressure may still exist, as the care system today, is full of mixed race, hard to place children.

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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

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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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Against the term 'mixed-race'

Linda Bellos, Diversity Solutions)

Linda Bellos

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Linda Bellos, Diversity Solutions

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

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I loath the term 'mixed race' almost as much I as I loath 'half-caste' as a description of who I am or part of who I am. What does 'full-caste' look like, I wonder? What exactly is a 'race' in terms of biology, genetics or societies?

These are some of the questions that arise when a racist society seeks to define individuals in terms of their 'race'.

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Meeting the Educational Needs of Mixed Heritage Pupils: Challenges for Policy and Practice

Leon Tikly, University of Bristol)

Leon Tikly

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Leon Tikly, University of Bristol

Date posted

Tuesday 28 August 2007

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The aim of the article is to present evidence concerning the educational needs of mixed heritage pupils and in particular those of White/Black Caribbean origin and to outline the challenges for policy and practice in meeting the needs of these learners. The article draws on and extends the findings of original research (Tikly, Caballero, Haynes and Hill; 2004) which was sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and is the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind . The article will begin by outlining the evidence relating to the achievement of White/Black Caribbean pupils and the nature of the barriers to achievement facing this group. This will provide a basis for a discussion in the second part of the article about the challenges facing policy makers and practitioners.

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A mixed society should be a positive society

Graham Suppiah,)

Graham Suppiah

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Graham Suppiah,

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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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It’s time for foundation

Sharron Hall, Intermix)

Sharron Hall

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Sharron Hall, Intermix

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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As a working class mixed-race woman I do not see the mixed-race experience from an academic's view. Instead I live it, feel it, am hurt and comforted by it.

Ten years ago the term mixed-race wasn't even in general UK circulation, white mothers were being advised to tell their mixed-race children they were black and the idea of a mixed-race identity and history were dreams to people like me and nightmares to those who wanted to keep the races pure.

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'Mixed' families: assumptions and new approaches

Dr Chamion Caballero, London South Bank University)

Dr Chamion Caballero

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Dr Chamion Caballero, London South Bank University

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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Couples from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and their 'mixed' children are increasingly visible in the public eye. Though Britain has long been host to mixed relationships and population groups, since the 1990s there has been a noticeable public interest in those who are part of, or a product of, mixed relationships; what has been dubbed 'Beige' or 'Brown Britain'.

However, while more and more is known about those who identify themselves as belonging to the group the Census has called 'Mixed', parents of mixed children in Britain continue to be subject to longstanding assumptions and stereotypes, ones which often presume their racial, ethnic and socioeconomic profiles, their inability to raise their children with healthy racialised identities or the hypersexual nature of their marriage or relationship.

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Black and Minority Ethnic health inequalities and the 'mixed-race' population

Ayo Bakare, Multiple Heritage Voices)

Ayo Bakare

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Ayo Bakare, Multiple Heritage Voices

Date posted

Friday 24 August 2007

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In 2006 I carried out research focusing on the recognition of inequalities in health for Black and Minority Ethnic groups. It specifically focused on if, and how these inequalities will effect the growing mixed race population and the implications this may have on existing health policy. It also explored issues of identity as a critique on existing outdated research, in an effort to gain insight into how mixed race people feel they are perceived ('racially') by society and how they want to be perceived.


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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 - The future’s bright, the future’s blended

Dr Nathalie van Meurs, Middlesex University)

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Dr Nathalie van Meurs, Middlesex University

Date posted

Tuesday 21 August 2007

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This paper uses theory and findings from the field of social psychology to question the usefulness of the concept of 'race'. Scientists agree that differences between races or ethnic groups are clinal (genetically inherited traits gradually change in frequency from one geographic region to another) and not categorical. Then why do we still use racial categories to define people and is mixedness a prime indicator that we need to re-evaluate the concept of race? Furthermore, what is the role of the media and government in this process and what is required to overcome humans natural tendency to differentiate between groups?

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Mixed-race theory for everyone

Dr Jin Haritaworn, Goldsmiths College)

Dr Jin Haritaworn

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Dr Jin Haritaworn, Goldsmiths College

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

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What insights does mixed-race theory bear for mixed-race people, our allies, and the professionals who work with us? This paper introduces three lessons which are especially relevant in this time and place.

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Enigmatic or enriched?

Tod O'Brien, )

Tod O'Brien

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Tod O'Brien,

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

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Personal experience of being a mixed heritage, British-born person. The paper emphasises the need for integration through the recruitment, retention and progression of Black and Minority Ethnic people into the policy making institutions of society to create an ethical and leveraging of diversity for the benefit of all.

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On being mixed race

Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant)

Sir Keith Ajegbo

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Sir Keith Ajegbo, consultant

Date posted

Saturday 18 August 2007

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This is a personal reflection on being mixed race and what I see as the issues for mixed race children now. It is based on being a headteacher in inner London for many years and working with mixed race students. It is not based on researched evidence.

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Equality and mixed couples: the final frontier

Ashley Chisholm, MixTogether.org)

Ashley Chisholm

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Ashley Chisholm, MixTogether.org

Date posted

Friday 17 August 2007

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This paper is drawn from the collective experience of MixTogether.org.

It addresses some of the difficulties facing couples who would like to mix.

It argues that years of work on equality have created an atmosphere where more and more young people have the confidence to mix. However, this also means that everyone who has supported equality now has an obligation to support mixed couples.

Many young mixed couples face strong family opposition. To allow this to continue unchecked, risks undermining the moral case for all work on equality. More importantly, it risks the happiness of young mixed couples. They should be given help to thrive, so that they can serve as an example to the rest of society.

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Identifications and cultural practices of mixed-heritage youth

Prof Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey)

Prof Martyn Barrett

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Prof Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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This paper summarises findings from a research study which investigated how 11- to 17-year-old mixed-heritage adolescents living in London negotiate the demands of living with multiple cultures. The study also explored how these adolescents construe themselves in terms of race, ethnicity and nationality. It was found that these individuals had multiple identifications which were subjectively salient to them, and that they were very adept at managing their various identities in different situations. There was no evidence of a sense of marginality, or of being 'caught between two cultures', and there was no difference in the strength of British identification exhibited by these mixed-heritage adolescents and white English adolescents of the same age. However, the identities and cultural practices of the mixed-heritage adolescents were fluid and context-dependent, and they appreciated the advantages of being able to negotiate and interact with multiple ethnic worlds.

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Black and White doesn't do the trick

Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer)

Toby Laurent Belson

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Toby Laurent Belson, Artist and designer

Date posted

Thursday 16 August 2007

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Experience of growing up in a mixed West London community with the terms 'Black' and 'White'.

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The elephant in the room

Tanya Datta, BBC)

Tanya Datta

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Tanya Datta, BBC

Date posted

Wednesday 15 August 2007

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Last year, journalist Tanya Datta made a documentary called 'The Last Taboo' for BBC Radio 4. In the programme, she explored inter-racial romance between Asian and African-Caribbean people and why it can often spark fierce opposition.

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Racial Identity - to have or to be

Isabel Adonis, writer)

Isabel Adonis

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Isabel Adonis, writer

Date posted

Monday 13 August 2007

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Erich Fromm distinguishes two kinds of identity, characterized in terms of having and being. The 'having' identity is grounded in the external and material, while the 'being' identity is grounded within the person. I suggest that race is an external identity, and therefore both fragile and divisive.

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Identity as relationship

Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker)

Bob Macintosh

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Bob Macintosh, amateur philosopher and charity worker

Date posted

Thursday 09 August 2007

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A personal reflection on being white in a mixed race family.

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Learning about racism

Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group)

Sue Funge

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Sue Funge, founder of the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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The personal journey of a white mum, Sue Funge, bringing up Rory, her black son of mixed heritage.

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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

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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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