People of Mixed Race
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African American Videography
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The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Interracial Marriage & Relationships

After the Immigrant. Disc 2, Topics and Themes
A compilation of six short documentaries each with a variety of segments addressing issues in the overall theme of each film. Presents a unique mixed race persepective on the cultural shifts of people whose families moved from Mexico to the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries addressing a wide spectrum of issues and representations. Contents: History (10 segments, 41 min.) -- Cultural identity (14 segments, 46 min.) -- Family dynamics (8 segments, 24 min.) -- National ethnic identity (9 segments, 27 min.) -- Mix race perspectives (5 segments, 19 min.) -- Storytime (5 segments, 14 min.) 2005. DVD X102

Amerasians.
This documentary film consists of interviews in Vietnam and the U.S. with some of the more 100,000 children of U.S. soldiers born to Vietnamese mothers during the Vietnam War. Most of the Amerasians portrayed in the film have moved to the United States under the Amerasian homecoming act of 1987, which permitted the children of American soldiers to immigrate to the United States with their immediate relatives. They talk of the discrimination they experienced growing up in Vietnam, issues of identity and their struggles to adapt to American society. Directed by Erik Gandini. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 9396

An American Love Story.
Documentary condensed from 1000 hours of filming the bi-racial Wilson Sims family: Karen Wilson, a white woman, Bill Sims, a black man, and their two daughters--daughter Cicily's entrance to college, her semester in Nigeria, and job search, daughter Chaney's first date, Karen Wilson's solitary visit to her mother, and ill health, Bill Simms' visit to his past life, and career struggles, and, 25 years after their first meeting, Karen and Bill's deciding to attend her high school reunion to face people who have ostracized them in the past. Contents: v. 1. Episode 1. Welcome to America. Episode 2. A piece of the puzzle is missing -- v. 2. Episode 3. I've fallen and I can't get up. Episode 4. It's another new year and I ain't gone -- v. 3. Episode 5. Chaney & the boy. Episode 6. You & me against the world -- v. 4. Episode 7. True love. Episode 8. Marion truth -- v. 5. Episode 9. It's my job. Episode 10. We were never Ozzie and Harriet. 1999. ca. 500 min. Video/C 6503

Banana Split: 25 Stories.
In this film Kip Fulbeck focuses on biracial ethnicity exploration and Asian self-identity. He examines the relationship between his father who is Caucasian and his mother who is Asian and also explores ethnic patterns and media stereotypes of Asian American men. 37 min. DVD X4563; Video/C 2522

Between: Living in the Hyphen
In Canada, diversity often means 'an ethnicity + a hyphen + Canadian,' but what if you ... don't fit into an obvious category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live ... somewhere in between, where cultural identities overlap? This program shares the experiences of a group of Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority, all struggling to find a satisfying frame of reference and cultural identity. Directed and written by Anne Marie Nakagawa. 2005. 45 min. DVD X2946

Between Worlds.
This unique documentary explores the lives of several Vietnamese Amerasians (children of Vietnamese women and American servicemen) and their families who left Vietnam in 1992 through the Orderly Departure Program. Each of the families was sent to a refugee camp in the Philippines for 6 months of ESL and cultural orientation. The film details their experiences in the camp, and their arrival in different regions of this country. It then follows their lives for 5 more years as they struggle to learn English, find jobs and pursue their educations and for one Amerasian, to be re-united with his American father. 57 min. Video/C 6118

Bittersweet.
Interviews with East Indians living in the United States and with Americans of East Indian descent are intercut with fictional exchanges between members of an Indian-American family. 39 min. Video/C 4184

The Body Beautiful.
Film situated in England examines the relationship between a Caucasian mother and her bi-racial Caucasian/Nigerian daughter. 1991. 23 min. Video/C 3274

Camp Arirang.
Filmmakers explore prostitution near American military bases in South Korea and examine the lives of the sex workers and their Amerasian children who live in U.S. camp towns throughout South Korea. Through interviews with the workers, soldiers and scholars the film examines the historical roots of the problem and the complicity of the Korean and American governments. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 5299

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Children of Mixed Race = Who You Wanna Be. 1997.
A study of the various types of identities that interracial people have had to invent for themselves. Based on interviews with racially mixed students at the University of California, Berkeley, who speak about their perceptions of their own personal identities. An Ethnic Studies 150 Project by Sean Lightholder, UCB, 1997. 38 min. DVD 4251; vhs Video/C 6093

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Coffee Colored Children.
A semi-autobiographical story set in England of racism, prejudice, and self-definition experienced by bi-racial children of a Caucasian/Nigerian marriage. A film by Ngozi Onwurah. 17 min. DVD X2407; vhs Video/C 3280

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Crossing the Line
This documentary analyzes how mixed race comedians mediate multiracial identities and humor. Crossing lines of racial, ethnic, and cultural acceptability by their very existence, multiracial comedians reveal that meanings of race vary across ethnic combination, gender, place, and time. The film features the experiences, perspectives, and performances of American comedians of more than one racial ancestry. The timeliness of multiracial comedians' roles as crossracial mediators is underscored as they provide insight into controversies over how comedians express race (i.e., Michael Richards' use of the N-word, Rosie O' Donnell's slurs), and other debated meanings of race in an increasingly diverse society. Exploring these questions exposes the very nature of where pain and laughter come from in a racially divided world. Special features: Disc 2, (77 min.) Special educational features: extended interviews with Paul Spickard and Reginald Daniel; extended comedy routines by Jim Ruel, Tessie Chua; game/interactive class activity, Where's the line? Based on Darby Li Po Price's Mixed laughter : mediating multiracial identities in American ethnic comedy (Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1998) (Main 308t 1998 863) 59 min. DVD X899

Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo.
Documentary about artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyo. Vivid portrayal through her words and drawings and through photographs of the deprivations and humiliations of camp life, and the difficulties of readjustment at war's end. 30 min. Video/C 2177

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Journal of American History v82, n3 (Dec, 1995):1324 (2 pages).
American Historical Review v98, n4 (Oct, 1993):1181 (4 pages).

Do 2 Halves Really Make a Whole?
This video features the diverse viewpoints of people with multiracial Asian heritages and their personal experiences in growing up as multiracial Asian Americans. African and Japanese American poet and playwright, Velina Hasu Houston, lives an amalgamated existence and encourages others to take pride in all that they are. Performance artist, Dan Kwong, struggles with two strong Asian heritages, Japanese and Chinese American, while Brenda Wong Aoki uses her unique ethnic mix of four cultural heritages to intersect social circles. 29 min. Video/C 3831

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Domino: Interracial People and the Search for Identity
Portrays the stories of six interracial people, exploring issues of identity, cultural isolation, and the search for community. Through these personal stories, each person recounts how their identity is affected by their parents' history, hierarchies of race, gender roles, and class. Ultimately, these six individuals demonstrate how living intimately with two cultures can be a source of strength and enrichment. 45 min. Video/C 4997

Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children.
After World War II, despite orders forbidding it, fraternization between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women resulted in a number of children born in and out of wedlock. This film focuses on interview with American soldiers, Japanese women, and their biracial children thirty years after the Allies occupied Japan. Includes documentary footage of the allied occupation between 1945 and 1952. Producer/director, Regge Life. 59 min. Video/C 4072.

En Ryo Identity: A Reclamation
This experimental documentary addresses the complexities inherent in establishing and asserting a biracial identity. Berges also explores mainstream media constructions and stereotypical images of Asian American identity juxtaposed with Hollywood representations of Asians and interviews with his Japanese American grandmother on her internment camp experiences. 23 min. Video/C 3826

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Family Matters.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 15)
The traditional or nuclear family of the 1950s and 1960s is what most of us think of when asked to define "family." But the idea that there is a typical family is perhaps little more than a myth. This lesson considers the diversity of family forms that exist today and cultural shifts that are changing the definition of "family." You will meet the Scott-Chung family and a lesbian couple who discuss their decision to start a family. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4811

First Person Plural
A personal and political film about the filmmaker's experiences being adopted from South Korea at the age of nine and raised by an American Caucasian family. In this personal documentary she chronicles her struggle to reconcile the demands of two families, two cultures and two nations. 1999. 59 min. DVD X2958

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Fuori/outside
A young woman whose father was Italian American and mother was African American reflects on racism in her family and in her community. Written in the form of a letter to her aging white grandmother, she talks about racism against African Americans by New Yorkers from Southern Italy who had experienced racism themselves. 1997. 13 min. Video/C MM243

Great Girl.
This film follows Kim Su Theiler who came to America as a child adoptee, as she returns to Korea looking for her birth mother. Drawn from personal experience, this film is an evocative and poetic drama about al and cultural disorientation. A film by Kim Su Theiler. 1994. 14 min. Video/C 5230

Halmani.
Sensitive story of generation and cultural differences that occur when a Korean grandmother visits her daughter, American son-in-law, and bi-racial granddaughter in the United States. Writer/director, Kyung-Ja Lee. Dist.: Pyramid Film & Video. 30 min. Video/C 4157

Halving the Bones.
Traces the filmmaker's journey into personal identity and the cultural interpretations of three generations of Asian American women. 72 min. Video/C 4292

Hapa
Marathon runner Midori Sperandeo talks personally about her biracial heritage and reflects on the phenomenon of being biracial, with interviews from a number of ethnically mixed-raced people with additional viewpoints. Midori, her mother (who is also interviewed) and the others offer an overview of the struggle of racially mixed people to be accepted and understood and how that role has changed as the United States becomes a more multicultural society. Midori in describing her own personal struggles likens them to the challenges encountered in learning to be a long-distance runner. 26 min. Video/C 8897

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

I'm British But...
Using Bhangra and Bangla music and the testimonies of young British Asians, the video uncovers a defiant popular culture--a synthesis--part Asian, part British. 30 min. Video/C 3827

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40 year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, this 8 year old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem (First person plural, PBS 2000) returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Directed by Deann Borshay. c2010. Theatrical version (62:00) -- PBS/Educational version (51:10). min. DVD X4674
Interracial Marriage: Blending the Races in America.
Examines how and why couples of different colors, religions, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, and how they deal with their friends and family. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 4994

Jahkiya Queen Marie McLoskey-Beasley.
An young interracially married couple with an infant discuss adjustments in their marriage and relations with their parents. UCB Student film by Adrienne Aubry, Chris Azalde, Elena Carr, Jesse Ehrman. 17 min. 1998. Video/C 5556

Just Black?: Multi-Racial Identity.
In this documentary several young people whose parents are of mixed racial heritage talk about their struggle to establish, acquire and assert a racial identity. 57 min. DVD X3201; Video/C 2262

Filmakers Library catalog description

Just Mom and Me
Single motherhood in the U.S. is not just the experience of poor, uneducated women or minority teenagers, as often depicted by the media and the press. This film examines the lives of five mothers, whose circumstances are vastly different, who are raising children on their own: a widow raising a bi-racial daughter, A high school dropout raising her child, a lawyer balancing motherhood and a career, a middle-aged college student raising 3 young children, and a single woman who opted for artificial insemination to have a child. 1998. 60 min. Video/C 6520

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Juxta.
Observes the deep and complex psychological effects of racially mixed children of Japanese women and American servicemen in the 1950's and mid 1980's. 29 min. Video/C 2157

Khush Refugees
The film focuses on San Francisco's gay community where two exiles, Rahul, an immigrant from India, and Dante, an ex-marine from suburban Ohio, try to assimilate in this new foreign culture. 32 min. Video/C 3822

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Love, Culture and the Kitchen Sink.
Takes a personal look at the lives of four cross-cultural couples in Canada at different stages in their lives and how their cultural differences affect them and their children. Ben, an English Canadian, and Janet, a Chinese Canadian, are just married. Alex, an East Indian from South Africa, and Maria, a Portuguese, have been married many years, and their children are now married. Mariko, the daughter of a Canadian mother and Japanese father, has made two marriages, one to a Japanese, the second to a Canadian Indian. Shireen, the daughter of Alex and Maria, and her husband, Jason, the son of a Polish Canadian mother and an African American father, discuss the possibilities of heritage for their new son, Jamal. 2001. 48 min. Video/C 9760

Made in China
Follows the filmmaker on an international journey to uncover his white American father's remarkable childhood in pre-Mao China. This personal documentary uncovers the story of Caucasian children who grew up with a foot in two cultures, spoke Chinese as a first language, and lived with war and unrest outside their doorstep. As he searches to understand his father he discovers what 'home' really means. Written, produced and directed by John Helde. c2008. 70 min. DVD X5003

Mah Jong Orphan.
A real life film focusing on the widening chasm between a Chinese mother, Suzane, a first generation immigrant, and her daughter, Lilly, who is eager to fit in with her Caucasian friends and rejects her mother's values. Suzan talks of her disappointment at Lilly's choice of a non-Chinese husband, while Lilly, to her own surprise discovers a need to pass on her cultural heritage to her son, who eventually heals the rift between the generations. 45 min. Video/C 3962

Memories of a Forgotten War
The Philippine-American War of 1899 was one of the most violent imperial wars of the 20th century and set the precedent for U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia, yet few remember the details of the war or why it was fought. The film is told from the unique perspective of the film's co-director, Camilla Benolirao Griggers, who draws parallels between the history of war and violence between the two countries and her own family history as the granddaughter of a U.S. calvary soldier and a Filipina seamstress. A film by Camilla Benolirao Griggers and Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2001. 63 min. Video/C 9279

Mixed Blood.
Directed by Valerie Soe. Takes a personal view of interracial relationships between Asian Americans and non-Asian Americans and looks at whether such choices have public and political implications. 20 min. Video/C 2834

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Mixed Feelings.
Through interviews with five U.C. Berkeley students and teachers of mixed ethnic heritage, the producer illuminates the experience of what it is like to grow up part Asian in American society. Those interviewed offer personal anecdotes of their families, how they initially perceived their own cultural identities and how they see themselves today. Director/producer, Mikko Jokela. 1995. 40 min. Video/C 6613

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

More to the Chinese Side.
"I used to think that we were the typical Asian American family," muses William Gow, a fifth-generation Chinese American of biracial descent, as several family members describe instances of how they are commonly mistaken for other ethnicities. Intrigued by thesemisperceptions, Gow invites his parents and other relatives to share their experiences and views on how they see themselves in relation to the larger Asian American community. His Caucasian mother and Chinese father provide insights into raising biracial children; his Chinese cousin observes how being adopted repeatedly throws off people's expectations of him. Interspersed with historical details about Chinese immigration to the U.S., the interviews warmly touch upon the complexities of a family negotiating ethnic identities within an Asian American community that is constantly changing. 17 min. Video/C MM298

Multiracial Identity
Multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in America, yet there is no official political recognition for mixed-race people. This film explores the social, political, and religious impact of the multiracial movement and the lived experience of being multiracial. Directed by Brian Chinhema. c2010. 77 min. version ; 56 min. version. DVD X6432

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

My Mother India
Portrait of the filmmaker's family, her Sikh father and Australian mother, and her upbringing in New Delhi. "What begins as a gently humorous portrait unfolds into a complex commentary on the social, political, and religious events of the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 which tore this family apart. This is a powerful story of love and hate, exile and belonging, loss of identity and return to faith." Written and directed by Safina Uberoi; produced by Penelope McDonald. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 9783

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

My Niagara.
A film by Helen Lee. Probes the emotional undercurrents of a third-generation Japanese American woman who breaks up with her Caucasian boyfriend then meets a young Korean immigrant obsessed with all things American. 40 min. Video/C 4807

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story
Documentary about a Brooklyn teen-aged girl, raised by two Jewish mothers and with two adopted brothers, who searches for information about her African-American birth mother. Her complex exploration of race, identity, and family begins to lead the teen into trouble in her personal life, threatening a promising career as a track and field athlete. She eventually picks up the pieces of her life, leading to inspiring results. Directed, produced and sound recorded by Nicole Opper. 2009. 76 min. DVD X5013

One Drop Rule
Explores the recurring and divisive issue in African American communities of skin color. The film inter-cuts intimate interviews with darker skinned African Americans, lighter skinned African Americans and inter-racial children of black and white parents. It investigates the sensitive topic of color consciousness within the African American community with great tact and a clear commitment to healing divisions. Writer, producer, director, James Banks. 2001. 49 min. Video/C 8280

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Parallel Adele
Two half Vietnamese documentary filmmakers, both named Adele, weave a shared narrative of mixed Asian (hapa) experiences through interviews with 7 other mixed race subjects. History, memory, and anecdotes on multiracial ethnicity are represented through archival images, super 8 film, verité, and interview. Cast: Adele Pham, Adele Ray, Carmen Vankerhove, Chaz "Koba" McHale. Director, Adele Pham. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. c2008. 16 min. DVD X1961

The Politics of Love in Black & White
In this documentary college students talk about interracial relationships, about the racial legacy they have inherited from the fears of past generations and their current experiences and attitudes both pro and con concerning interracial dating and marriage. 32 min. Video/C 2969

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Quiet Passages.
This documentary presents the experiences of Japanese women who married servicemen from the United States after World War II and came to Kansas to live with their husbands. The stories of these women's lives are mainly told through interviews with their children. 26 min. Video/C 3817

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Question of Color.
Examines the issue of color consciousness within the black community. This film explores a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal. A variety of African Americans give their experiences and attitudes towards the questions of color. 58 min. Video/C 2540

Seoul II Seoul
Korean film maker, Hak J. Chung explores his own identity and that of the Yates family. The Yates' household consists of the father, an African American Korean war veteran, his Korean war bride and their three grown children. Discusses the discrimination the family has encountered and the cultural miscommunications that exist within the family. Produced at USC School of Cinema & Television. 1997? 25 min. Video/C 8805

Silencio
Silencio takes place in San Francisco, 1951, and focuses on the experience of a young Filipino-American trying to adjust to his predominantly Caucasion workplace. This short film explores the subtle ways racism affects members of a multi-ethnic family, especially when discrimination forces a mixed-blood sibling to reject part of his ethnic heritage and "pass" as Italian in order to fit in. 9 min. Video/C 6090

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Sin City Diary
Examines the wretched lives of Filipina women who work as prostitutes in Olongapo City, near the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Philippines, and the plight of the Amer-Asian children who've been deserted by their American fathers. 1992. 29 min. Video/C 7752

Some Questions for 28 Kisses.
Confronts the viewer with images of Asian female/non-Asian male pairings in American movies and mass media. Examines topics such as interracial dating, ethnic fetishes, and race identity. A film by Kip Fulbeck. 16 min. DVD X4563; Video/C 4178

Something Other Than Other
This personal experimental documentary explores the question of racial identity by the parents of a multi-racial child. A film by Jerry A. Henry and Andrea J. Chia. 7 min. DVD 6304

Songs For Our Daughters
West Indian women in Britain discuss the way they pass their heritage and culture on to their mixed race daughters. Director, Jillian Li-Sue. 1995. 10 min. Video/C 5075

The Story of Vinh.
The story of Vinh Dinh, son of a U.S. serviceman and a Vietnamese mother, who makes the journey from Vietnamese to American culture, from youth to manhood, and from false dream to harsh reality. 60 min. Video/C 2350

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Sweet or Spicy?
In the context of a telephone dating service, this film examines dating relationships for men of mixed Asian/white descent and probes Asian American male sexuality in popular culture. c2000. 7 min. Video/C 8321

Taxi-vala / Auto-biography.
Documentary, exploring the experiences and attitudes of Indian and Pakistani taxi drivers in New York City. Questions as well the filmmaker's relationship to these South Asian immigrants and to his Pakistani/Australian mixed-race heritage.. 48 min. Video/C 4659

That's a Family!
This fresh look at the changing American family breaks new ground and lets children lead the way in preventing prejudice and embracing diversity. Here American children describe their own families and explain concepts like "birth mom", "mixed race", "gay and lesbian", and "stepdad.". Directed by Debra Chasnoff. c2000. 35 min. Video/C 8373

The Women Outside: Korean Women and the U.S. Military
Documentary on young South Korean women who work in sex related enterprises adjacent to American military bases in South Korea. Also explores the lives of Korean American women who came to the United States as wives of American servicemen. 52 min. Filmmakers, J.T. Takagi, Hye Jung Park. 1995. 52 min. DVD X517; vhs Video/C 5290

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