The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege offers a fresh and critical perspective to people of indigenous and/or marginalized identifications. It highlights the research, shared experiences and personal stories, and the artistic collections of those who are of mixed heritage and/or identity, as well as the perspectives of young adolescents who identify as being of mixed racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and ethno-cultural backgrounds and experiences. These auto-ethnographic collections serve as an impetus for the untold stories of millions of marginalized people who may find solace here and in the stories of others who are of mixed identity.
Ellis Hurd, Ed.D. (2008), is Professor of Education at Illinois State University. He has published on education, equity and cultural responsiveness, and mixed identities, and is co-editor of
Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in the Middle Grades (Information Age Publishing, 2019).
“A groundbreaking and thoughtful collection of narratives, essays, and poems on challenges that arise for individuals of mixed race identity at different stages of development. Drawing on the experiences of an international collection of scholars, these artifacts remind us that in a world where race and ethnic identities are often used to confer power and privilege, those who occupy hybrid spaces because of their status as ‘mixed’ people, often have unique insights into how these social constructions of identity play out in everyday life. Illuminating and thought provoking, this book will serve as a useful guide to anyone who seeks to understand why race and ethnicity continue to matter so much in modern society.”
~Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles
Acknowledgements List of Figures Notes on Contributors
The Homily of Pain and Privilege: Understanding the Need for a Discourse on Mixed Identity Ellis Hurd
Part 1: Exploring the Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege
Navigating the Ambiguity of Mixed Identity as Chinese-Indonesian Dian Mitrayani 2.
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Cristina Santamaría Graff 3.
Stepping towards Healing about Learning Disability at Our Intersectionality: How Learning Disability Pain and Privilege Structured Our Schooling Experiences Lisa A. Boskovich and David I. Hernández-Saca
Part 2: Supporting Youth with Marginalized Identities
The Unidentified Nationality: Navigating Middle School as a Third Culture Kid Hwa Pyung Yoo 5.
Mis Roots Paloma E. Villegas 6.
A Different Kind of Asian Persuasion Susan Y. Leonard 7.
Transformative Consciousness Raising Questions Hannah R. Stohry
Part 3: Exploring the Convergences of Identity and Cultural Responsiveness
Will I Ever Be Enough? An African Louisiana Creole’s Narrative on Race, Ethnicity, and Belonging Raymond Adams 9.
Sika Jessica Samuels
Part 4: Interrelated Homilies (Movements) of Mixed Identity: An International Lens
Being Ambiguously Brown in Africa: An Autoethnography of Biracial Identity in Three Acts Lynnette Mawhinney 11.
Identity Perceptions of Youth in Middle and High-School: Beyond Being Mestizo Mariana Leon and Guillermina de Gracia 12.
Bordered Lives: An Autoethnography of Transnational Precarity Francisco J. Villegas and Paloma E. Villegas 13.
The Ubiquitous Rank: Some Reflections on Walking on Thin Ice Anne Ryen
Part 5: On Being Mixed and Moving Forward
Raising Consciousness for Multi-Racial Third Culture Kids Hannah R. Stohry 15.
Resisting Learning Disabilty Oppression: Healing through Dis/Ability Voice David I. Hernández-Saca 16.
Poems on Being Mixed and Moving Forward Lisa A. Boskovich 17.
Walking the Line Iman Fagan
Part 6: Conclusion
The Untold Future of Being Mixed: Moving Forward While Remembering What Is Behind Ellis Hurd
All constituents interested in mixed racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and ethno-cultural backgrounds and identities, and anyone who wishes to better understand, reach, and teach young adolescents of such backgrounds.