In the first book to focus on the experiences of older Americans of mixed race, Cathy J. Tashiro explores questions of identity and the significance of family experiences, aging and the life course, class, gender, and nationality. Including African American/White and Asian American/White individuals, the book highlights the poignant voices of people who embodied the transgression of the color line. Their very existence violated deep cultural beliefs in the distinctiveness of the races at the time. Based on extensive interviews, the book offers a unique perspective on the social construction of race and racism in America.Check out the website for "Standing on Both Feet" here!
“The text is engaging, and it may be useful for both undergraduate and graduate libraries attending to the experiences, identities, and histories of mixed-race Americans or for collections focusing on aging and the life course. Summing Up: Recommended.” —CHOICE
“Cathy Tashiro’s new book explains theory without jargon, tells stories simply but with great meaning, and engages the reader to think seriously about the lives of mixed race Americans. This is a beautiful work, with a cross-disciplinary framework on ethnic and gender studies and scholarship on health and wellness. Students, academics, and readers concerned about humanity will love it.”
—Michael Honey, University of Washington, author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign
"Tashiro's much needed study of older people of mixed heritage-specifically mixed Asian Americans and mixed African Americans-fills a significant void in Critical Mixed Race Studies, which often focuses on the post-1967 Loving v. Virginia population, that demographic Maria P. P. Root calls the "biracial baby boom." By focusing on older individuals and their stories of transgressing racial boundaries, this work makes an important addition to the fields of Critical Mixed Race Studies, Asian American Studies, and Africana Studies."
—Wei Ming Dariotis, San Francisco State University.
"Cathy Tashiro has a knack for bringing out the most eloquent insides of her subjects. Almost all the writing about multiracial people has been about young adults and their identity-wonderings. This book tells an original and striking story of the lives of mature people of mixed race. First-rate!"
—Paul Spickard, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara