American Identity


The American Identity collection brings together the narratives of individuals and groups who are claiming and carving identity as Americans without racial tones. Language, culture, ethnicity, faith, geographic and national origins (including multiple land origins) along with class (economic and educational), and various occupational and other professional group memberships, it turns out, have far more meaning than the U.S. census categories that tend to predominate in the news media.

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This is the March 26, 2017 version of the Race/Related Newsletter from The New York Times, Some of the words that are aimed at are: Diversity hire. Ethnic. Exotic. Person of color. Urban.

Anna Coats, Children’s Librarian at East Rutherford Memorial Library, Rutherford, New Jersey recounts a set of real-life conversations about the confusion her multi-ethnic and multi-cultural origins usually invoke. Coats, who is half Indian Guyanese…

Cynthia Mari Orozco, Librarian-in-Residence, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California writes about the role of food in her own identity. "Food is a powerful and subtle way in which communities share their culture, history, and identity…
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