Half/Full

3 Irvine Law Review 1125 (2013)

25 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2013 Last revised: 28 Apr 2014

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Nancy Leong

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: April 7, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Leong, Nancy, Half/Full (April 7, 2013). 3 Irvine Law Review 1125 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2246546

Nancy Leong (Contact Author)

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