Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Papers by keyword: 'relationships'

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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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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

'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

Abstract

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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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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Health Employment Criminal justice

Enigmatic or enriched?

Tod O'Brien, )

Tod O'Brien

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Tod O'Brien,

Date posted

Monday 20 August 2007

Abstract

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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Criminal justice

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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Education

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

Abstract

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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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

Abstract

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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Mixed Race Britain - Through My Eyes

Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history)

Rory Campbell

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Rory Campbell, twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history

Date posted

Monday 06 August 2007

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I am Rory Campbell. My mother is white and my father is black. I don't remember ever meeting my father and have been raised by my mother my whole life. I don't feel I have ever had a positive black role model but my mum always tried to make me aware of my black history and I feel that this helped me to form the belief that all people are equal and anyone who thinks otherwise is just wrong.

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Culture and sport

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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