Over the past decade, there has been an upsurge in attention regarding the mixed-race condition. The rise of the mixed-race movement in recent years has brought to light myriad issues surrounding the issue of mixed-race peoples, racial intermixing, and cross-cultural understandings of these two phenomena. Not only is the mixed-race condition unique in incomparable ways, but it uproots our conventional understandings of race, gender, and culture. The uniqueness of being mixed-race prompts us rethink and reconsider our previous understandings of race and culture. This blog serves to do just that: to present, as mixed ourselves, our understanding, predicaments, and societal treatment (be it discrimination or fetishisation) in such a way that we could further racial discourse and be heard (and understood) by society at large.
Being mixed-race not only concerns race but also gender. In recent years, a surge of blogs have appeared by Eurasians (Asian-white mixes) in the United States that concern interracial relationships. This blog also serves partly as a response to these types of judgements. We believe that it is problematic and often dangerous to generalise interracial relationships, be it the “All Eurasians Are Beautiful” post-racial myth or the “All WMAF (White Male Asian Female) Couples are Racist” trope. The Eurasian condition is something that cannot be homogenised – Eurasians that grew up from Asia are different from Eurasians that grew up in America; Eurasians with Asian fathers are different from Eurasians with white fathers. This blog hopes to shed light on these complex but nevertheless significant issues that define what it means to be Eurasian. We hope to explore the interracial dynamics and illuminate just whether interracial relationships can be helpful if done correctly, or if they are, as some say, inherently dysfunctional. Issues of white worship and racism do exist. But they do not – and should not – define Eurasians. I hope this blog serves to remind us of the dangers of being consumed by racial discourse, and the hate and division that often comes with it. For every self-hating, Asian hating Elliot Rodgers and Hanna Stoyanov there are dozens more who are well-balanced and successful, irrespective of broken or healthy families. We hope this blog contributes to this conversation in a balanced, beneficial, and academic way.
The name of this blog, “Being Eurasian, Race and Gender Across Cultural Divides” takes its inspiration from Vicky Lee’s book Being Eurasian: Memories Across Racial Divides. Being Eurasians ourselves, this blog hopes to present race-related issues from an Asian-white perspective, hence the name of the blog. This does not mean, however, that we are limited to examining the Eurasian experience only. The mixed-race experience can only be understood through narratives, and this blog hopes to present this from a pedagogical perspective. This blog also hopes to serve as a hub for sharing other blogs dealing with mixed-race identity form a variety of perspectives , sometimes with commentary, other times not.