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Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide To Raising Multiracial Children Paperback – March 31, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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.
"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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The good point is - it's the only book about this group of children on the market. So it has special value. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ria
So little good information on raising biracial children. I love this book. It has good information but as always realize that every child is different just as is every family.Published 20 months ago by Tonya
Wonderful book for multi-cultural or transracial families. I love how the book was broken down and I also enjoyed that the book did not just focus on the Caucasian and... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Natalie Landry
I like the way this book presents the information by developmental stages and ages. The personal stories from the people Nakazawa interviewed were wonderful and insightful. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great read for parents of multicultural children. Biological and adopted families can learn a great deal about coping with being multicultural and grasping for an identity.Published on June 25, 2010 by A. Hill
This book is good but goes very deep into the subject of muliracial children. I have not really found a lot of answer that I expected to get in this book.Published on November 1, 2009 by Phillip Ocasio
I experienced extreme self-hate and lack of awareness as a multi-racial child in the 80's. I never really knew my father and I didn't "look black" so I got a lot of the "what are... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Alsan Davis
This is a good, fairly basic book on children dealing with issues of racial difference. Topics such as how and when children start understanding racial differences, how peers begin... Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by Arie Farnam
this book is, hands down, a great purchase for anyone raising or working with multiracial kids. What a great resource.Published on July 30, 2008 by Jamie E