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Racial Mixing: Blasians and Binary Paradigms

September 27th, 2016
12:00 PM

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

NEW LOCATION:

Center for Multicultural Affairs

0010 Bryan Center, Lower Level of the Bryan Center

125 Science Drive

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45 am

Join us for a discussion with Professor Myra Washington about the fluidity of racial identities and the limitations of binary racial paradigms. Blasians (Black & Asian mixed race people) belong to more than one community and have multiple histories and experiences. What are the processes that give meaning to Blasian identity? How do Blasians challenge and destabilize current racial discourses, creating spaces for themselves and spoiling narratives that frame multiracial people?

This discussion will be moderated by Layla Brown, Ph.D., a recent graduate of Duke University's doctoral program in Cultural Anthropology.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Myra Washington

University of New Mexico

Myra Washington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Washington's teaching and research interests are in critical media and cultural studies, rhetoric, and both Asian American and African American studies. Her work revolves around representations of race, mixed-race, gender, and sexuality within popular culture. Most recently, her research has focused on non-White racially mixed people, specifically Blasians — Black + Asian. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012.