Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans, by Cathy Tashiro
Cathy Tashiro

About the Author

Cathy J. Tashiro is emeritus faculty in the Nursing Program at the University of Washington Tacoma. She has a unique background as a health care provider and sociologist. She has published articles and book chapters on mixed race identity, mixed race and health disparities, and the meaning of race in healthcare and research.

Prior to obtaining her PhD in sociology, Cathy worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner in many community-based settings with diverse populations, providing care for women, teens, workers, and the elderly. She was also involved in developing the first staff diversity program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Like the people in this book, I am an older mixed race American.... My parents got together right at the end of World War II when there was a lot of anti-Japanese sentiment, and my mother was initially disowned by my white grandfather for marrying my father.

—Cathy J. Tashiro,
mixed Japanese American, born 1946

Cathy Tashiro and parents