Navigation instructions: Double click on the photos below to hear three families from North Oakland and Berkeley share their experiences and thoughts on being of a mixed-race background. Click on the desktop background to stop a video. Add your comments at the bottom of the page.

Story by Allison Davis, Armand Emamdjomeh and Helene Goupil


  1. Lydia on January 14, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Neat project! Like the way you enter each story and the background. best, lc

  2. Dee De Barbour-Wheelwright on January 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I remember growing up in the 60’s leaving in Japan with my Bacho (Grandma)and coming to the states in the late 60’s. I was born in Fukuoka Japan in 1961. i remember my Bachon use to fight her friends because they would call me CoCo gean in Japanese that meant Black person or Nigger. she use to tell me her friends are Ignorant…then we came to USA. well i ended up visiting my Grandma in Louisiana. I had problems there too. I didn’t look Creole or Black….so Blacks and Whites gave me a lot of problems. But My Grandma told me that they where Ignorant. Both of my grandmothers told me i was special, a UNIVERSAL kid. People didn’t understand “mixed” people, but one day they will. Imagine that 2 different from complete different back grounds told me the same thing! I guess that is why i NEVER let IGNORANT people. I just remembered that I was special and I had to very special people to remind me that COLOR is only skin deep. It is NOT the color of your skin it is what you make out of life. what you feel in your SOUL, YOUR HEART. I’m gald to see some many interacial people around. it just means that we are no longer a minority, we are a unity!!! WOW that is so DEEP!

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