3 Irvine Law Review 1125 (2013)
25 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2013 Last revised: 28 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 7, 2013
Research suggests that multiracial identity is uniquely malleable, and I will focus here on the significance of that malleability for mixed-Asian individuals. At various times, mixed-Asian individuals may present themselves as "half" Asian; other times, they may present themselves as "full" Asian, "full" White, or, in some instances, fully ambiguous. Mixed-Asian racial identity negotiation, I will argue, often presents considerable challenges for mixed-Asian individuals. And mixed-Asian individuals are often targets of what I have elsewhere called "racial capitalism" by White individuals and predominantly White institutions. Still, I conclude that the malleability of mixed-Asian racial identity provides unique opportunities for destabilizing existing views about racial identity, reinvigorating stale conversations about race, and ultimately facilitating progress toward a racially egalitarian society.
Keywords: race, racism, multiracial, mixed race, Asian, mixed Asian, multiracial Asian, hapa, racial capitalism, commodification
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