Mixed Race

From Pathology to Celebration

Authored by: Ji-Hyun Ahn

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138020726
eBook ISBN: 9781315778228
Adobe ISBN: 9781317695837

10.4324/9781315778228.ch23

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Abstract

Racial mixing is a longstanding topic of theory and empirical analysis in multiple disciplines, including literary criticism, postcolonial studies, and race and ethnic studies. Scholars address racial mixing in terms of in-betweenness, (racial) hybridity, and mestizaje, a Latin-American term that describes cultural blending (e.g., Ang 2001; Bhabha 1998; Bhabha 1994; Canclini 1995; Kraidy 2005; Anzaldúa 1987). Yet until recently, media studies have not focused on mixed raciality because audiences are not taught to read multiracial figures on-screen. However, the cultural meaning of multiraciality is changing as media representation becomes more diverse and inclusive. Media scholars note that the media/cultural representation of mixed-race people has shifted “from pathologization to celebration” (Parker and Song 2001) and “from tragic to heroic” (Beltrán and Fojas 2008).

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