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Oregon Humanities Conversation: “What Are You?”
March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
The number of mixed-race people and interracial families in Oregon is growing. What are the challenges and benefits of growing up mixed-race, raising mixed-race children, or being an inter-racial couple in a state that’s historically been mostly white? How can we openly discuss our own ethnic and racial heritage with each other without being regarded as odd or unusual? How have the answers to “What are you?” changed through the decades?
This is the focus of “What Are You? Mixed-Race and Interracial Families in Oregon’s Past and Future,” a free conversation with Dmae Roberts on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from Noon – 1:30pm at ART CENTER EAST, located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande. This program is hosted by Art Center East and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Roberts is a two-time Peabody-winning radio producer and writer whose work has aired on NPR and PRI. Her Peabody award-winning documentary, Mei Mei, a Daughter’s Song, which she later adapted into a film, is a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan during WWII. She won a second Peabody award for Crossing East, the first Asian American history series on public radio. She received the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Civil Rights and Social Justice award from the Asian American Journalists Association and was selected as a United States Artists Fellow. Her essays have been published in Oregon Humanities magazine, Reality Radio, Alexander Press, The Sun Magazine, and the collection Mothering in East Asian Communities. Roberts has written a personal column for the Asian Reporter since 2010. Her book, The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family, was released in 2016.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact ART CENTER EAST at 541-624-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation.