"Where are you from…originally?"

A great essay by Susan Straight on teaching her class, "The Mixed Race Novel and the American Experience," at the University of California-Riverside.

Hannah, Miles, Steve, and Regina Louise | Photo: Douglas McCulloh

Hannah, Miles, Steve, and Regina Louise | Photo: Douglas McCulloh

We talked about America’s ongoing obsession with hair and melanin, about what it means to be undocumented, what it means to be a mother, what it means to witness a murder or to lose a dog.
— Susan Straight