Changing Families Reviews

Multiracial Families: ISBN 978-1-68282-361-3/ eBook: 978-1-68282-362-0
Booklist, January 18, 2019

This volume in the Changing Families series (five titles) thoughtfully inspects multiracial or multiethnic families and kicks off with the eye-opening statistic that “multiracial kids and teens are the fastest growing segment of the population.” The first chapter lays historical and contemporary context for the book's subject by discussing past antimiscegenation laws and the Loving v. Virginia case, the broadening of U.S. Census forms to allow individuals to select multiple races, and how there‚Äôs little biological difference between races. The next two chapters delve into how multiracial individuals view themselves (including shifting senses of identity, feelings of isolation or pride, etc.) and how they can be perceived (objects of curiosity, outsiders). The final chapter is dedicated to well-known multiracial individuals, like Barack Obama and Meghan Markle, who champion being of diverse heritage. Illustrations are minimal, but enlightening quotations from multiethnic youth and scholars keep the text from becoming dry. Extensive source notes and resources round out the back matter of this relevant culture study.
—Julia Smith