ATR 27 – June 19, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –

The fascination people have with finding out the race of your partner, and the assumptions they make based on that information are the subjects of Jen and Carmen’s joint rant in this episode.

Jen and Carmen discuss three recent posts on their blog, Mixed Media Watch. First, Jen questions the premise behind a new book titled Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians . Carmen discusses the case of an interracial family in a town near St. Louis, MO who are facing eviction because of a law that prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related “by blood, marriage or adoption.” The couple is not married, but are raising 3 children and have been together for 13 years. Is this really about marriage, or about race? Finally, Jen discusses the racism that black athletes are facing from white fans in the World Cup .

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5 thoughts on “ATR 27 – June 19, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –”

  1. On the rant about making assumptions on being down in the community according to who you date, a black male blogger ( recently made the following interesting comment:

    “By that logic, the white slavemaster would be considered a pro-black militant nationalist because he was gettin’ more black pussy than I’ve ever seen.”

    It’s also tantamount to saying you can’t be a feminist if you’re not a lesbian.

  2. Your rant definitely rang true with me. I’m white and live with my Chinese boyfriend. The amount of times people have asked me “So you’re into that whole kinky Asian stuff, are you?” or someone has made assumptions on our sexual practices based solely on my partner’s ethnic heritage is just not funny any more.

    On the flipside of that, when people find out I do such “Asian” things as eat with chopsticks (Gasp! Shock! Horror!), practice kung fu and listen to Canto pop, they ask me “And I bet you date Asians, too”, as if one automatically must lead to the other.

    We get a lot of odd looks in the street and have both become pretty much hypesensitive to people staring at us.

    Another question I now get a fair bit is “So have you always dated Asians?” when they find out the race of my boyfriend as if it’s more about some sort of fetish than about two people being compatible with each other on a pesonal level.

  3. About Keith and the girl podcast, it’s suppose to be a comedy.A really bad comedy.Nothing really funny about it at least to me.I tried to laugh…but nothing.

  4. I listened to your June 19 podcast and found it very interesting! It’s only the second one I’ve listened to, but I plan to listen to more.

    Thought you might be interested in this article about how the World Cup, in some ways, is helping improve race relations in Germany.

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