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Written by on June 18, 2012

El dia de nuestras madres في اليوم من أمهاتنا The Day of Our Mothers

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Sun’s up, blue skies. Running out to pick up flowers on Mother’s Day and what else? But then I’m snagged by Frances’ essay that I start and can’t s stop (read the prior post from her here) http://chicagoistheworld.org/2012/05/when-mother%E2%80%99s-day-goes-awry/ It’s about being a mother on mother’s day and the day’s meaning for a mother. And that […]

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Written by on May 13, 2012

A Summit of Africans here in Chicago

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Chicago’s Africans are no different than any other immigrants here. Soon after they arrive, they struggle to adjust. So they seek links with those from back home. And they set up organizations to ease the pain, to renew the bonds and to help start life anew. Again and again and again, this is the story […]

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Written by on May 11, 2012

Helping Asian American girls and women navigate a crossroads of stereotypes and expectations

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Together we worried about young women finding themselves, staying safe, having fun, demanding to be treated with respect, and cultivating their characters and self-esteem. It is not easy, especially with all the different messages they get. Figuring this out may be more complicated for Asian American girls and women because they live at such a crossroads of different stereotypes and expectations—for Asians, Americans, Asian Americans, Asian American girls, Asian American women, girls and women, daughters and partners, etc.— many of which are contradictory. Talking about race is not enough, nor is talking about gender. We need to talk about both.

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Written by on April 13, 2012

Lessons I do not want to teach my children–about Dharun Ravi, Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi

My children are multiracial, so they might be perceived as any number of stereotypes. They might be perceived as Caucasian, different kinds of Asian, Hispanic, Arab, Native American, foreign, exotic, lotus blossom, both victim and suspect….I am not only trying to prevent trouble they might encounter, I am also secretly preparing them for the court battle that would follow.
I review constantly because, like these African American parents, I want these to become habits, so that they will not forget.

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Written by on March 29, 2012

Lives on the line: undocumented latino youths

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What’s makes the ethnic press different is that it is different.  It talks to its community with news that otherwise might not get told. Here’s a good example from Extra about passing along information that can change lives.  Are there other stories like this? Please pass them along. Steve@chicagoistheworld.org U-Visa: An unknown answer to many […]

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Written by on March 6, 2012

Learning about Christmas and Santa through the claymation classics–Adventures in Multicultural Living

I suddenly realized that I had taken all those animated and claymation Christmas specials—Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman—as ethnographic films. That is how I learned about Christmas.

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Written by on November 17, 2011

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