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


  • Saturday August 30, 2014, 2:00pm
    Presentation/discussion at the Tacoma Art Museum

    What is this thing called race? And how about mixed race? We often hear race is passé and we live in a post-racial America. More and more young people say race doesn’t matter, and even “biracial” can seem old-school with the increasingly complicated ancestries of today’s youth in some communities. But does the past inform the present? Join retired UWT professor Cathy J. Tashiro, author of “Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans,” for a safe and friendly discussion of how the stories of older people of mixed race in her book shed light on the meaning of race and mixed race today.

    Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
    Tickets $15 ($10 for member, $5 for student).


Cathy was interviewed by in February 2014. Read the full article here!

Cathy appeared on the program New Day Northwest on June 11, 2013. Watch below!

Cathy spoke to the International Examiner about the book and her own personal experience as a mixed-race American.

From the International Examiner

Q&A: Cathy Tashiro on Mixed Race Before the Concept of Mixed-Race Identity Existed

Cathy Tashiro, an associate professor emerita at the Tacoma-campus nursing program at the University of Washington, has released a much-needed academic reflection, “Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans,” that explores questions of identity for older mixed-race Americans. She examines the experiences of African-American/white and Asian-American/white adults, whose lives have been deeply affected by social change in the last 50 years.

When the parents of the mixed-race individuals in Tashiro’s study got together, interracial marriage was prohibited in many states, with anti-miscegenation laws on the books until 1967. This meant that their families experienced severe difficulties with housing, employment, harassment, and other discrimination.

Click here to see the entire interview