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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738209503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738209500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A well-researched, readable and user friendly guide...[Nakazawa] writes with refreshing candor...She includes many practical suggestions for parents." -- Pacific Reader January 2004

"Illuminate[s] the mindset of the multiracial adolescent...offers readers, concerned or simply curious, a comforting guide to the unfamiliar." -- Duke Magazine February 2004

"Provides parents with the tools to instill in their children an appreciation of their multiracial heritage..." -- Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, March 13, 2006

About the Author

Donna Jackson Nakazawa has been a regular contributor to AARP's My Generation, as well as to Working Mother, Modern Maturity, New Woman, and Baby Talk. She is married to a Japanese-American and has two children. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist and public speaker. In her newest book, The Last Best Cure (Hudson Street, February 2013), she chronicles her year-long journey investigating the groundbreaking neuroscience on how mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture awaken the healing potential of our brains, change our biology, and revitalize our cells and our health.

Along the way, Nakazawa unveils a little known branch of research showing the profound link between "adverse childhood experiences" and chronic illness in adulthood; a discovery that helps to turn her own life around. Critics call Nakazawa's "story-telling art" "masterful" and The Last Best Cure "a genuine page-turning science/non-fiction thriller;" a book that will not only "change lives; it may even save some."

She is also the author of The Autoimmune Epidemic (Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, 2008, 2009), an investigation into the reasons behind today's rising rates of autoimmune and related diseases. In The Autoimmune Epidemic, Nakazawa lays out the mounting evidence showing how our modern lifestyles, stress levels, chemical-laden environment and twenty-first century diet have created the ripest possible conditions for today's autoimmune epidemic to take hold.

Ms. Nakazawa lectures nationwide and has keynoted numerous events including the 2012 International Congress on Autoimmunity; Johns Hopkins Annual Women's Health Conference, "A Woman's Journey;" and New York's 92nd Street Y's To Your Health Lecture Series. She has also moderated panels for national symposiums including the American Association of Autoimmune and Related Diseases (AARDA) 2010 Summit.

She is also the author of Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children (Perseus 2003), as well as a contributor to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library book, Integrative Gastroenterology, (Oxford University Press, April 2010).

Ms. Nakazawa has appeared on The Today Show, National Public Radio, and ABC News. Her work has been featured on the cover of Parade, in Time, USA Today Weekend, Parenting, and Psychology Today. She has been a regular contributor to More, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, and AARP the Magazine.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 AESKU award, presented to those who have made a lifetime contribution to the field of autoimmune disease, and the 2010 National Health Information Award, recognizing the nation's best magazine articles in health.

Ms. Nakazawa has received writing in residence fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Public Policy from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Program.

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We do the best we have with the tools we have at the moment.
I think it is an excellent resource for parents of transracially adopted children as well as families of mixed races.
Dudley Lamburt
Until then I will do my part spreading the word about this amazing book.
Jenny M.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By risingsong on May 13, 2013
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Being a multiracial woman myself (and mother to a multiracial child), I was very excited about this book. As the author adeptly points out, there's really very little out there - practically nothing - speaking to the task of raising multiracial children. It is important and significant that Nakazawa tackled this subject and gave it presence. She clearly did her research and has included an incredible amount of good information.


By the time I finished reading this book, I had a weird, uncomfortable feeling. Something seemed off. If a monoracial parent asked me to recommend a book on multiraciality - I'm sorry to say I wouldn't recommend this one. The actual, authentic voices of multiracial peoples are not well represented here. An instruction manual written by a White woman on how to raise children of color is ultimately very treacherous. For instance, Nakazawa offers specific race wording and phrasing for interacting with children, often citing herself as a role model/example. Putting words in someone's mouth feels like robbing them of their own unique voice. It denies them the opportunity to discover their own language and potentially invalidates their specific cultures/worldview. And I have to say, as a woman of color, I reacted poorly to being given race scripts by a member of the dominant racial class.

Unfortunately there is also some misinformation about early learning and race. "Race," Nakazawa claims, "Is really a grown-up notion that is meaningless to the vast majority of preschoolers" (12). In fact, this is not true.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rucker on May 16, 2006
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As the mother of 4 beautiful biracial children, I was delighted to find this intelligent, realistic book. My children are often asked "What are you?" and attempts are made to label them as Arabic, Latin, Greek,Black, Italian, etc, etc. This makes it difficult for them when they are at ages where all of us were trying to "find ourselves". My daughter has also had a difficult time, often meeting women who instantly dislike her based on her appearance alone. This book was refreshing and helped me to realize others go thru the same. I was amazed at the amount of research and fact finding this author included. The everyday anecdotes was also most truthful, speaking from personal experience. great find for anyone who knows, loves, interacts with those of more than 1 race!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nic on February 5, 2009
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As a Multiracial teen this book helped me navigate the strange waters I found myself drowning in. It doesn't read like a unrealistic "turn that frown upside down" Dr. Seuss book; instead the subject is approached in a straight forward manner. This book contains IMO the most valid sense of what makes the difference between a healthy self identify and self hate/defensive racism (when you come to loathe/distance yourself from a group to protect yourself from further harm)in mixed race kids. All my friends now starting multi hued families that come to me for advice, receive this book as a gift. As I wish some kind soul would've done for my parents.

I strongly recommend this book to parents of multiracial children *especially if your child will garner a lot of (confusing/unwanted) attention based on their physical differences from their peers/ or physical comparison to their parents* You can't distract them with toys/games to keep them from processing incidents or procrastinate addressing the issue, forever. Children are more observant then we give them credit for and the questions that go unanswered speak volumes.

It's also a cathartic read for us mixed adults that had to figure it out on our own. It shed a lot of light on how I processed and internalized confusing/awkward events as a child and convinced me to let go of some of the child-like logic/hang ups still effecting me.

The only way to deal with some complications are to face them in the light of day for what they are. We do the best we have with the tools we have at the moment. Sometimes the quick fixes we use to cope, can become a larger problems in the future if we don't evolve our thinking and problem solving skills. This book prompted the catalyst that took me from tragic little mixed girl to the grounded multi ethnic woman I am today. Give the book a try, it'll be money and time well spent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenny M. on June 16, 2009
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I've read all of the books that have been suggested by adoption professionals & adoptive families about how to support an interracially adopted child & I have never seen this book listed. I was given
"Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide To Raising Multiracial Children" by a friend who has multiracial birth children. The cover didn't lead me to think it would be a great source of information for us. Our youngest child is adopted from China. I've read a few other books on the topic of multiracial families & gleaned some useful information but most of the read was disjointed in application to our family. The book sat on my bedside table for awhile but one day I picked it up & couldn't put it down. I was marking pages, taking notes & was proufoundly grateful that this book exsisted. It is truly a great wealth of information about the experiences that children born and adopted interracially/multiracially experience with solid advice on how to support your child/ren throughout their childhood & into adulthood. This book should be a must read for parents of interracial/multiracial children--no matter if you choose to build your family through adoption, birth or both. I wish that the title or front cover would indicate that this book applies to both multiracial children & interracially ADOPTED children so that the adoption community would discover it on a greater scale and make it a must read. Until then I will do my part spreading the word about this amazing book. It is my favorite gift to give families that can benefit from its read.
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