When Seattle-based researcher and writer Sharon H. Chang wrote an essay that detailed why she tells her mixed-race son that he's Asian and not white, many readers were surprised -- some were downright offended -- that she would deny him his "whiteness." These reactions led Sharon -- who herself is mixed-race -- to write a follow-up essay aptly titled Why Mixed with White isn't White. Naturally, I had to feature her on MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman. For this episode, Sharon tackles race, racism, mixed-race identity and the dangers of assuming white privilege when you look anything but.
Sharon H. Chang is multiracial Asian woman and South Seattle-based mother raising awareness around the unique experiences of multiracial Asian families. Sharon has an MA in Human Development with an Early Childhood Specialization. She is currently working on a 2015 book for Paradigm Publishers examining multiracial Asian identity in early childhood, and is a frequent contributor at Racism Review and ParentMap Magazine.
MsRepresent: Behind the Face, a Fierce Woman can also be found at charlenesayo.com
Intro/extro music: Rainbow by Emilie Simone