The MWM team put together a list of resources for identity discovery and information.

If you have any additional resources please contact us.


Black  Table  Arts

Black Table Arts uses creativity to unearth other worlds. Through gatherings, art and sci-fi social work we seek to conjure other worlds through black art by connecting community and cultivating volume in black life.

Critical  Mixed  Race  Studies  (CMRS)

Critical Mixed Race studies is the transracial, transdisciplinary, and transnational critical analysis of the institutionalization of social, cultural, and political orders based on dominant conceptions of race. CMRS emphasizes the mutability of race and the porosity of racial boundaries to critique processes of racialization and social stratification based on race. CMRS addresses local and global systemic injustice rooted in systems of racialization.

Free  Black  Dirt

WE'RE A MINNEAPOLIS-BASED ARTIST COLLECTIVE BRIDGING THE CULTURAL AND THE MAGICAL. Free Black Dirt is an artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis based collaborators Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey.  Committed to creating original theatre and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.

Korean  American  Adoptee  Adoptive Family  Network (KAAN)

KAAN is an all-volunteer organization, fiscally-sponsored through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. It was founded in 1998 to connect and serve the adoption community. The annual KAAN conference moves to locations across the country, engaging the local community as well as our core of repeat attendees. With the primary objective of providing affordable, meaningful resources and information, the conference unites us all in a space of respect and commitment to growth.

​Our mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.

La  Semana

Parents  of  Latin  American  Children

La Semana is a week-long culture day-camp for children in elementary through high school adopted from Latin America and their family members. Different from traditional summer camps, La Semana is designed to promote self-esteem and foster an understanding of Latin American culture and history. The children learn Latin American crafts and dances, try Latin American foods, hear Latin American music and are exposed to written and spoken Spanish. The children also take a class that focuses on age-appropriate topics related to adoption.

Network  of  politicized  adoptees

NPA’s mission is to strengthen, cultivate, and improve the lives of adoptees by building community power. Through solution-focused action, we advance adoptee justice by telling our own stories and collectively working towards systemic change within adoption.

Race,  indigeneity,  Gender,  and  sexuality  studies  college  of liberal  arts,  university  of  minnesota

Established in 2015, the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Initiative (RIGS) was created to support innovative research, teaching, and community-building for scholars engaged with issues of race, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality. RIGS is dedicated to bringing faculty and students together to pursue lines of inquiry that challenge systems of power and inequality, assert human dignity, and imagine social transformation.

Literature  +  Poetry

Hybrida: Poems

Chang, Tina

W.W. Norton, 2019

All You Can Ever Know

Chung, Nicole

Catapult, 2018

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Durrow, Heidi

Algonquin Books, 2011

Sabrina & Corina

Fajardo-Anstine, Kali

One World, 2019

Not My White Savior

Lee, Julayne

Rare Bird Books, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere

Ng, Celeste

Penguin Press, 2017

Everything I Never Told You

Ng, Celeste

Penguin Books, 2015

Mixed: My life in black and white

Nissel, Angela

Villard, 2006

Unbearable Splendor

Shin, Sun Yung

Coffee House Press, 2016

Rough and Savage

Shin, Sun Yung

Coffee House Press, 2012

Skirt Full of Black

Shin, Sun Yung

Coffee House Press, 2006

Swing Time

Smith, Zadie

Penguin Books, 2016

On Beauty

Smith, Zadie

Penguin Books, 2006

White Teeth

Smith, Zadie

Vintage, 2001

Mixed  Media

Adoptees  On

Host: Haley Radke

“Adoptees On is a gathering of incredible adopted people willing to share their intimately personal stories with you about the impact adoption has had on our lives. Listen in and you will discover that you are not alone on this journey.”

Code  Switch

“Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture. Our work appears on-air and online, across NPR's shows and digital outlets...

As you've probably heard, the U.S. is in the midst of a big demographic shift. Over the next few decades, people of color will come to compose a majority of the country's population, a transition that's already happened among the nation's youngest residents. Already, race, ethnicity and culture play a starring role in some of the biggest stories unfolding in the news, and that role will only increase as this demographic shift continues. We want to cover these matters with the depth, nuance, intelligence and comprehensiveness they deserve.”

Militantly  Mixed

Host: Sharmane, aka MixedGirlManed

“Militantly Mixed is a podcast about race and identity from the Mixed-Race perspective. Every week, host Sharmane aka MixedGirlMane, speaks with Mixed Folk from around the globe about what it is like maneuvering the world as a Mixed-Race person.”

Mixed  race  radio

“Discussing Mixed Race Identity in America today through book & movie reviews and interviews with mixed people. A Social Commentary on Biracial Life.”

Other:  mixed  Race  in  america

“This podcast explores the inner workings of the mythic American melting pot; what happens when your parents come from two different countries, cultures, or races. It’s the kindergarten-level foreign language you can speak to your aunts, the taste for “foreign” flavors you’ve known since childhood, and the distinct feeling of otherness projected onto your face because you look just a little bit “different.”“

Adopted: We Can Do Better (2008)

“I’m fascinated with family and how its many concentric circles define who we are. Like most adopted people, I have as many meanings attached to the word family, as I have emotions and as a storyteller, I feel compelled to explore them all.

Delving deep into the unique complexities of adopted families is the heart beat of Adopted. These families open up their homes and get real. What they show us is intimate, difficult and truthful. What’s happening in these families is subtle and easy to miss on the first viewing, so watch closely. What international adoption does to everyone it touches is humbling, enlightening and life altering. Are you sure you’re ready for this kind of family?”

Closure  (2013)

Director: Bryan Tucker

“A documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed, including her birth father.  A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.”

Funding  opportunities

Gift  of  Identity

Type: Adoptee Travel Scholarship

Our mission is to build a fund so that ALL international adoptees have a chance to visit their birth country and explore their beginnings—accompanied by family who loves them, and supported in a way that is emotionally healthy.

The Gift of Identity Fund, Ltd. provides funding to international adoptees visiting their birth country with the goal of helping them understand their identity, heritage, and culture while traveling via The Ties Program, a family based heritage program.

Many organizations provide funding to families who would like to adopt a child, but cannot afford the expense.

Until now, there has been no funding for international adoptees who need to visit their birth country to feel whole, but cannot afford the expense. You can make a huge impact in the life of a child. You can give the gift of identity.

Additional  Resources

Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)

“​Our mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.”

Love   Imagined

“Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic.”

Mixed   Dreams

“towards a radical multiracial/ethnic movement”

Red   Thread   Broken

“Exposing the red thread myth in relation to adoption”

Mental   Health   Resources

Nonfiction  books

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Anzaldúa, Gloria

Aunt Lute Books, 3rd ed., 2007.

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Brown, Adrienne Maree

Chico, CA: AK Press, 2017

Hapa-Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed-Race Memoir

Chang, Sharon H.

Rising Song Press, 2018

An  Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Dunbar-Oritz, Roxanne

Beacon Press, 2015

Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

Funderburg, Lise

Harper Perennial, 1995

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade

Hartman, Saidiya

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Kendi, Ibram X.

Bold Type Books, 2017.

Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir

Quan Lee, Sherry

Modern History Press, 2014

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Lorde, Audre

Crossing Press, 2007

The Intimacies of Four Continents

Lowe, Lisa

 Durham: Duke University Press, 2015

So You Want to Talk About Race

Oluo, Ijeoma

Seal Press, 2018

Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota

Pate, Alexs and Pamela Fletcher and J. Otis Powell, eds.

Minnesota Historical Society Press: 2015

Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism

Nelson, Kim Park

New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016

The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier

Root, Maria P.P., ed.

SAGE Publications, 1995

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Shin, Sun Yung, ed.

Minnesota Historical Society Press: 2016

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption

Trenka, Jane Jeong and Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin, eds.

South End Press, 2006

Peer  articles

EMERGING FEMINISMS, (F)Act of Blackness: The Politics of Mixed Race Identity.” The Feminist Wire, 2016.

Article written by Jazlyn Andrews for The Feminist Wire.

Love Imagined: Sherry

“Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. Lee is a Community Instructor at Metropolitan State University (Intro to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing), and has taught at Intermedia Arts, and the Loft Literary Center.”

Mixed American Life

“Fight racism and bias by always questioning race.

We curate and share photos, articles and videos on the topics of mixed culture, mixed heritage and mixed identity; whether mixed by proximity, relationships, or adoption. We also post unique articles by various bloggers, and we especially like to discuss intersectionality.

All this blends with our mission of reducing xenophobia and hate which we blog about at Community Village, which then lead to starting the blog OppressionMonitor to expose those against peace, multiculturalism and pluralism.”

Mixed Dreams

Personal Mixed experience blog.

The Tragic Mulatto Myth.

Pilgrim, David. Ferris State University, 2000

Red Thread Broken

Author: Grace Newton

“Bill of Rights for Mixed People” and “The Multiracial Oath of Responsibility.”

Root, Maria P.P.

Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies

“(JCMRS) is a peer-reviewed online interdisciplinary journal dedicated to Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS). JCMRS functions as an open-access forum for critical mixed race studies and will be available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet. JCMRS is sponsored by UC Santa Barbara's Department of Sociology and is hosted on the eScholarship Repository, which is part of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library.”

Children's  library

Mixed: A Colorful Story

Picture Book

Chang, Aree

Henry Holt and Co., 2018

The Patchwork Bike

Picture Book

Clarke, Maxine Beneba

Candlewick Press, 2018

They Call me Guero

Middle Grades

Bowles, David

Cinco Puntos Press, 2018

Hurricane Child

Middle Grades

Callender, Kheryn

Scholastic Press, 2018


Middle Grades

Chan, Crystal

Antheneum, 2014

Front  Desk

Middle Grades

Yang, Kelly

Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018

The Poet X

Young Adult

Acevedo, Elizabeth

HarperTeen, 2018

You Bring the Distant Near

Young Adult

Perkins, Mitali

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America

Young Adult

Zoboi, Ibi

Balzer + Bray, 2019.

Pride. Balzer + Bray, 2018

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
Site Copyright  2019