Friday, 26 September 2014

Mixed Race Parents


Mixed Race Parents' Identification of their Children

Mixed race parents’ identification of their children' is a two-and-a-half year research project exploring how mixed race people in the UK socialise their children. We are interested to know how people who are mixed race racially identify their children, and if ideas about race, heritage, culture and mixture are important to pass on to them, or not. We have gathered the views and experiences of sixty-two mixed race parents across the UK – by analysing, compiling and sharing their voices we hope to shed light on some of the family dynamics of the UK’s growing mixed race population. Read more about the project >

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Mixed Race and Education 2014

People in Harmony is a mixed race organisation which promotes the positive experience of interracial life in Britain today and challenges racism, prejudice and ignorance in society. For more details go to their website here.  They will be holding their 2014 AGM & Seminar on 27th September 2014.

 

'Mixed Race and Education 2014'


raising levels of educational achievement and inclusion

for mixed race pupils and students



Venue: The Hall, St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
Date: Saturday 27th September 2014
Annual General Meeting: 11.00 – 1.00pm
Seminar: 2.00pm – 5.00pm


This seminar will:

  • consider best practice in education to ensure mixed race students feel included in the classroom
  • highlight experiences and practice that are recognised as raising achievement.
  • give examples of teaching and learning resources which enrich the curriculum.
  • seek understanding of the pupil / student experience and how this impacts on their lives and education
  • promote better understanding of mixed race and diversity, enhance learning experiences and improve working relationships between all pupils
  • provide material for a report to be published and used as part of a targeted campaign 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Introducing Uneek Flair




http://uneekflair.co.uk
Lisa, founder and owner of Uneek Flair is a wife and mum to three beautiful children. She has many interests and hobbies including socialising with family and friends. Despite being very busy she started Uneek Flair. This is what she said about the business:

Uneek Flair is a family run business, embracing diversity and positivity through our beautiful, inspiring, friendly characters the "Little Naturals"and Uneek range of gifts and merchandise
Our story

Despite many years of personal experience searching for gifts and merchandise with multicultural characters on, I always found it difficult to find any product of the sort. Inspired by my children and the lack of multicultural products, I decided that if I can’t find what I am looking for, then I needed to be the one to design the gifts for my children which reflect their identity.

The gifts planned for the range so far include bags, coasters, mugs, keyrings and clothing, but I am always working on ways of extending the range of products further.
I carefully sourced products that fit the brief and worked with my 15  old son Logan on the character illustrations, and hand drawn artwork. 
I’m really excited about the potential of the products and hope it will help children to learn about each other, and the social importance that every child is beautiful, as well as show children that there are many types of people that make up our communities.
Our first character was based on our daughter and when we gave her one of our bags her exact words were “look mummy, she looks like me, she has hair like me”. She was so excited; she now takes her new bag everywhere. At that moment we heard and witnessed the exact reaction we were hoping for, and our reason for launching Uneek Flair It was such a beautiful moment for us. We would love all children to have that same excitement and sense of pride when they see an image that reflects their identity, and for parents to have that warm feeling it gave us.

The immediate future for Uneek Flair.

We are working on extended the range further, and are looking at stocking some of our products in and around the Bristol area. Then later on further afield, where we feel the Little Naturals brand will compliment a shop's existing merchandise. And who knows one day a Little Naturals Boutique on the high street.

We hope you and your "Little Naturals" enjoy our range of gifts, and stay to watch us grow.

❤️ Uneek Flair Team. Lisa Andrew Lewis Logan Sheneya.
                                        Check out the website     Follow Uneek Flair on twitter

Friday, 12 September 2014

My Mixed Race Baby's Identity


by Jody-Lan Castle

As the world becomes increasingly more heterogeneous, having a mixed identity is increasingly common.

It’s really important to make children aware of their family background.

The memories of my own parents’ family histories had already begun to become diluted as they were passed down to me.

Jody with her parents
My Mother had voyaged to the shores of England by boat from the far lands of Malaysia. And my Father, born just round the corner in Essex, was the son of descendants of Irish and Roma travellers.

But specific details were never handed down to me, as they had started fading even from my Mother and Father’s recollections before I was born.

This is partially why I was never able to identify much with their cultures growing up, sorting after a feeling of belonging. And I finally found solace when I stopped trying to fit in.

My husband is quite different though, upholding a strong sense of Punjabiness. But even he, having been born and bred among the soaring skyscrapers of Hong Kong, doesn’t have a solidly homogeneous identity.

His fluency in Cantonese would fool anyone into thinking he was Chinese over the phone, and his love of Shumai (a Chinese street food) trumps his love of samosas any given day.

Nonetheless, it’s likely that my baby will be more influenced by my husband’s Indian heritage. Not because of my husband’s insistence, but in fact my own.

I’ve always admired Sikhism and those who follow it. And as for my husband, there was a time when he would do his daily prayers without fail, turban tied gracefully around head like a crown.

Though his devout practice is no more, he still reveres Sikhism as a good and noble Faith.

Luckily, we’re agreed at least that we will incorporate Sikh teachings into our child’s upbringing, even if we can’t agree on the child’s name yet.

Those of you who are on a similar journey will often come across cultural differences, especially when it comes to having a baby.

But the secret, is compromise.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Jamran Family

Introducing the Jamran Family!!!

Soheila wrote: 'We are a Jamaican and Iranian (Persian) Mixed Raced Family. When I asked each member why they are proud to be in a mixed raced family';

My husband replied: 'For me it has nothing to do with pride, I just love what we have created'.

My 14 year old son replied: 'I am proud to be mixed race because I get to have strengths from both races'.

My 8 year old daughter replied: 'I love my family, they take good care of me, I love my family'.

And I also asked my 2 year old son as we like to be fair in this family and he replied: 'far', so I asked again and he replied  'far'  again so I accepted that as his answer...lol...don't ask what it means because I have no idea!

I am proud to be part of a mixed raced family because I love both Persian and Jamaican cultures and love seeing both races in my children, we are unique and stand out when together as a family unit.

One day as we were walking home after grocery shopping  we were stopped by a man on the street to be told that we look like a rockstar family which made us laugh and also gave us a big head....lol.

Both my husband and I were born and raised in the UK, just across a park from each other by the way. We went to the same primary school - he was in my younger sisters class, yes he is two years younger than me.  After leaving primary school we didn't come across one another again until we met in college.  At this point,  I had no idea who he was until one day I introduced him to my sister and they recognised each other.  That's when I realised he was that boy I saw in the playground when we were small!

I asked my children, what we have done as parents to help embrace their mixedness. 

My 14 year old son said: ' My parents have helped me embrace being mixed by letting us know about our past and increasing our morals towards it'.

My 8 year old daughter said: 'I love both race's because both races have strong genes'.

And once again I asked my 2 year old son the same question and he replied: 'Juice'! 

I would like to note that my husband created the word JAMRAN, he put together JAM from Jamaica and RAN from Iran to create JAMRAN and our children call themselves JAMRAN KIDS and we believe this helps them have a word that describes both sides of their heritage so we became the JAMRAN FAM.

My husband and I have come across many challenges since the beginning of our relationship.  As a Persian girl dating was forbidden, let alone dating a person from a different race. But my husband and I had a connection that I had never felt before and nobody could keep us apart, so we did what we had to do to stay together. For the past 15 years we have done our best to turn the other cheek to people's narrow minded views of love and marriage and are teaching our children the same; that neither colour or culture matters as long as you love somebody and they love you the same that's all you need to have a lasting relationship.

We as a mixed family, celebrate both cultures, Christmas for the Jamaican side and the Persian New Year ( Noorooz ) which is in March for a few weeks of celebrations. My husband has taught me how to cook Jamaican food and introduced me to many new flavours and I have done the same for him and so our children have been exposed to both cultures.  I also try to speak my mother tongue to them so they can at the least understand the Farsi language.

We have a youtube channel that I have created recently so people can see a mixed Jamaican and Iranian family together. We all love each other very much and believe in working through any problems that come across our path together.  We don't believe in giving up!

WE ARE THE JAMRAN.FAM! 

If you would like to tell how your family has embraced your mixedness and you would like to share your experiences with others, please contact me 





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Mixed Race Hair: Everything You Need And Want To Know

I found this article by Black Ballard to be very informative.

Errol Douglas hairstylist Jasmin Allen tells us everything you need to know about caring for mixed race hair…

While the beauty pages of magazines have long been dominated by hair tips and tricks for caucasian women, it has left women from different racial backgrounds out in the cold. Granted, black women have found solace with the rise of natural hair blogs and YouTube tutorials, yet there is still a gaping hole in terms of haircare information for women of mixed heritage. So living up to our mantra of being a ‘glossy lifestyle website that puts the mixed-race and black British woman of excellence at the forefront,’ we decided to speak to to Errol Douglas‘ senior colour master Jasmin Allen.
With 10 years experience and of mixed race heritage herself, Jasmin told us everything you need to know about mixed race hair from her dos and dont’s, colouring advice and her tips and tricks for mixed race girls with both natural and relaxed hair…  for the rest of the article click here
For more information on mixed race hair on the Mixed Race Family blog  click here

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bird a Review

A children's book written by author  Crystal Chan

I really enjoyed this book and so did my 11 year old niece.  Bird is a children's book which tells the story about Jewel who was born on the same day her brother, Bird, died. On that day her Grandpa stopped talking and the house became one of silence and sadness. Then, exactly 12 years later, Jewel meets John and slowly her life begins to change...

A powerful story of family, heartache and friendship with a spooky twist. It handles the theme of bereavement with real warmth and sensitivity, and also explores different cultures and traditions.

This is what children had to say about the book Guardian Book Review May 14th 2014 'The main character in the book Jewel is half Jamaican, a quarter Mexican and a quarter white. We also found awesome, we related to the characters especially because we are a very multicultural group and our world in London is very multicultural. We like to read books with characters in them that look like us, not always white'.


Find out more about the book here