Split Identities

June 21, 2015
(was 09.14.2014)

Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard.

  1. Becoming Biracial

    Lacey Schwartz was raised in a white, upper middle class, Jewish household in upstate New York. After going off to college she uncovered a closely guarded family secret — she was biracial. Lacey chronicles the revelation and her own search for identity in the documentary Little White Lie.

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  2. Mixed Feelings

    Producer Rehman Tungekar talks with Anne Strainchamps about growing up in a multi-ethnic family.

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  3. Hybrid Identities

    In his book, A Chinaman's Chance, former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu reflects on his own Chinese American identity. He tells Steve Paulson how multiculturalism is challenging traditional notions of what it means to be American.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Richard Rodriguez on "Brown"

    Writer Richard Rodriguez views his so-called brown identity as a racial mixture, dating back to the colonization of the Americas. He tells us why he celebrates being brown, and embraces the term "Hispanic."

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  5. Culture Clash

    Cultural scientist Alana Conner believes we all navigate different identities, and not just along racial or ethnic lines. She finds many cultural conflicts boil down to two competing types of selves.

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  6. BookMark: Stoner

    Steve Almond recommends "Stoner" by John Williams.

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  7. On Our Minds: Public Higher Education

    With mounting concerns over student debt, we're thinking about higher education this week. Christopher Newfield teaches literature and American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He believes rising tuition and reduced state funding are threatening the nation's public universities.

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