I’ve taught him to be open to other cultures. Now he’s rejecting his own…

I could not be more proud that my son can watch Aladdin and immediately realize that the underlying stereotype when only the villain speaks with a Middle Eastern accent.  Or questioning the underlying bias of the positioning of modern African folk art as items of tribal ritual in an art museum.  After all, we’ve been…

What a Brazilian Child Gleaned from USAmerican Cartoons

I can’t tell you if this is a story about Really, have we met?  Finding out something totally surprising about my husband of 25 years that I never knew Duh—how did I never see something so obvious when seen through the eyes of another?  Or Deep, sensitive intercultural insight when seeing how USAmerican Culture is…

Hidden History: When Culture Gets Removed from Tradition

My husband and I have skirted this conversation for 24 years.  Not really skirted.  For us, culturally Jewish (me) and Brazilian (him, non-Jewish) we are comfortable with our choices to raise our son Jewish, and make sure he is well connected to his Brazilian heritage, despite growing up in the US.   But family members sometimes…

The Race Test: I am White

White Tim White talks a lot about White Privilege, White Peggy McIntosh is well-known for “Unpacking the White Knapsack” about what it means to be white, and most recently, White Mikhail Lyubansky, professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, takes a stab at the notion in his article on psychologytoday.com, “Going Where Glenn Beck…

Bat Mitzvah’s and Adopted Babies from Korea: How We Learn and Pass-on Culture

Between a Bat Mitzvah (Jewish coming of age ceremony, Bat for girl, Bar for boy) on Saturday and a conversation at lunch yesterday that exposed multiple unconsicous assumptions of mine, I seem to have race, bias, and interculturalism on the brain, and in particular the idea of how culture is passed-on from one generation to the…

What Nationality is Cinco de Mayo?

I found out from my Chinese-American friend (my designation-not sure how he self-identifies) on his Facebook update today that he felt misled by what he thought was a traditional Mexican holiday.  However, he discovered and shared that: Cinco de Mayo is only a big deal in America. It’s not even a holiday in Mexico…It’s actually a Hallmark Holiday!!!…