LIVING IN TWO WORLDS by Maxine B. Rosenberg


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This addition to the Rosenberg-Ancona series of photographic studies of children in alternative situations is a positive look at biracial families. Each family discussed (there are four) has a white parent and a parent from another race or ethnic group (one Black, one Asian Indian, one Chinese, one Cherokee and Black). Discussion by the author about the origins of ideas about race and culture is interspersed with talk by the children about how membership in a biracial household affects daily life. Among the issues discussed are celebrating holidays, deciding whom they resemble, how other people deal with their situation, and how they communicate their family arrangements with their peers. Problems are not glossed over; rather, they are dealt with in a matter-of-fact manner in the context of the many gains these children feel come from belonging in their families. Ancona's photos are crisp, clear and informal; even the obviously posed shots are revealing and entertaining. There is little else available on this subject, but, in any case, this would take a welcome place beside the other high-quality titles this author-photographer team has produced.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1986
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard