Carmen, Jen and Anthony discuss the future of the multiracial movement. In the late 80s and 90s, quite a few organizations sprang up to serve people of mixed heritage. In 2000 they enjoyed a significant victory when the Census finally allowed people to check two or more races. But since then, the multiracial movement seems to have floundered. Prominent community leaders have withdrawn from the scene, and one of the oldest organizations, Hapa Issues Forum, closes its doors this month after 15 years of activism. So what’s going on here? What’s the future of movement? Or was it even a movement to begin with?
This episode features the song “Home Alone” by Lux featuring Freeway, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment.
Carmen is joined by Anthony Yuen and Jen Chau in this episode.
Anthony Yuen is a former executive director of Hapa Issues Forum who first became involved with the organization in 1996 as a member of the UC Berkeley chapter. A graduate of UCLA’s Asian American Studies M.A. program, he produced as his thesis a video documentary entitled From Their Own Voice, which examines multiracial Asian American arts, academics, and activism from 1977-1997. He recently received his M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Affairs from UCLA and currently works as a study abroad advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jen Chau is the Founder and Executive Director of Swirl, Inc., a national anti-racist, grassroots organization that serves the mixed heritage community. In addition, she is the Director of People Services at New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit education reform organization. She shares her thoughts on identity, education, and leadership at her blog, The Time is Always Right.
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