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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions March 2010
The spring 2010 issue of YES! asks what it would mean to fully embrace a multi-racial, multi-cultural identity in the United States. The election of Barack Obama makes that seem more possible than ever. But we still have far to go: The recession has hit communities of color harder than white communities; racism fuels attacks on such prominent African Americans as Van Jones.
Contributors to America: The Remix offer a glimpse of a society where we all work together for a just and green world. In this issue, you’ll find successful cross-race organizing, breakthroughs for those reconciling their mixed race backgrounds, and possibilities for a more authentic sense of community.
How do we talk about race? What are we afraid of?
Read the new issue of YES! to find out. If you’re not already a subscriber, make America: The Remix the first issue in your subscription with this special introductory $15 offer.
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Blended Nation: A Portrait of Mixed-Race America
After 9/11, photographer Mike Tauber and then-girlfriend Pamela Singh watched with concern as both hate crimes and federal security policies targeted Sikhs. Singh, who is part Indian, convinced Tauber that they could use photography to help Americans grasp the complexities of race.
The couple (who are now married with children) traveled across the country, taking portraits and collecting stories of mixed-race individuals. The result, Blended Nation, is a book that chronicles the struggle for identity faced by its subjects.
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“I believe that only in a country in which we can appreciate differences of race and religion and ethnicity, while still insisting on our common humanity, will my own soul feel rested.”
—President Barack Obama
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MUSIC YES! Music for Spring
Have a listen to Susana Baca, Neil Halstead, and songs inspired by Barack Obama’s election.
Mosaic Song Teaches Respect and Open-mindedness
Musician Brett Dennen sings about empathy, not entropy, for the Mosaic Project.
VIDEO The Hapa Project
Artist Kip Fulbeck’s portrait project delves into the complex relationship between race and identity for hapas.
PHOTO ESSAYS China’s Water Garden
A look at China’s living water garden in Chengdu. This ecological living machine—a gorgeous botanical garden—is restoring open sewage canals.
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