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Remarkable Growth for Multiracial Population
Among American children, the multiracial population has increased almost 50 percent, to 4.2 million, since 2000, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country. The number of people of all ages who identified themselves as both white and black soared by 134 percent since 2000 to 1.8 million people, according to 2010 census data.
Across the country, 9 million people — or 2.9 percent of the population — chose more than one race on the last census, a change of about 32 percent since 2000. But in the South and parts of the Midwest, the growth has been far greater than the national average. In North Carolina, for instance, the multiracial population grew by 99 percent. In Iowa, Indiana and Mississippi, the group grew by about 70 percent. To view a federal, state multicultural census updates,check out PROJECT RACE.
Is Race Real? Exhibit Confronts Most Divisive Issue of Our Time
RACE: Are We So Different? opens February 5 and runs through May 8 at Discovery Place in Charlotte. Making its debut appearance in the southeastern U.S., the exhibition challenges visitors to ask, "Is race real?" As contemporary scientific understanding of human variation has continued to develop, so has the concept of ethno-racial groups. Through the examination of the science, history and cultural impact of race and racism, RACE: Are We So Different? provides visitors with fresh scientific and cultural perspectives intended to inform, test and question modern perceptions.
The 5,000 square foot exhibition presents a powerful combination of artifacts, historic and contemporary photography, multimedia and interactive activities that challenge guests to think and talk about one of the most important and polarizing topics in society. It examines the long-held notion that a certain number of "races" exist within the human species and takes an in-depth look at the continuum of humankind, analyzing whether or not classifying people by race is a substantive measure. It scrutinizes the misconceptions, confusion and other interpretations of the theory of race and the powerful social doctrines that have accompanied it.
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Young Rejecting Standard Notions of Skin Color
College students today include the largest group of mixed-race people ever to come of age in the United States. The country is in the midst of a demographic shift driven by immigration and intermarriage, according to an article by Susan Saulny in the New York Times. One in seven new marriages is between spouses of different races or ethnicities, according to data from 2008 and 2009 that was analyzed by the Pew Research Center. Mixed-race Americans are one of the country's fastest-growing demographic groups. More...
HAPA Photo Blog Gives Voice to Multiracial Asians
Inspired by Kip Fulbeck's The Hapa Project and her own experience as a multiracial Asian individual, University of California graduate Erica Johnson has launched HapaVoice.com to unite and raise awareness about a community of millions that still remains largely invisible in mainstream society.
Hapa, literally "half" in Hawaiian, was originally used as a derogatory term to describe people of biracial ancestry. Today, many multiracial Asians have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification, particularly in Hawaii and California where the largest concentrations of Hapas reside.
To be featured on HapaVoice.com is easy: just send in your photo, explain what you identify as, and share your Hapa experience. HapaVoice.com is a celebration of multiracial Asian identity. The website is a photo blog, awareness project, educational resource, and discussion forum all in one. HapaVoice.com is based in New York City. For more information, visit www.HapaVoice.com.
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