The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege

Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity

Editor: Ellis Hurd
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.

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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
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

1. 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

4. 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

8. 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

10. 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

14. 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

18. 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.