Our vision and philosophy
To help INSPIRE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER our readers through our thought-provoking content and promote a positive change in the world by incorporating Howard Gardner’s approach to memetics of learning. Black-Asian wants to open lines of communication between our communities and ethnicities to encourage collaborative interactions and foster a “learn from one another” atmosphere. Racism is not something we are born with – it’s a learned behavior. So let’s unlearn racism together.
Why there is a need for Black-Asian
In 2014, ethnic minority groups comprised 38% of the total US population. The U.S. Census projects that figure to rise to 56% in 2060. Currently 9.5% of all romantic interpersonal relationships are classified as interracial. Furthermore, 32% of children between the ages of 0-18 are considered biracial. Nonetheless, there are few collaborative resources available to meet the needs of this new community of multiethnic and multiracial families.
What type of content will Black-Asian provide?
Original content and thought provoking articles on:
- Addressing cultural stereotypes and myths about Asian and Black cultures
- Interracial dating
- Biracial/multiethnic children
- Internalized racism
In addition, we will also cover: news, politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, and LGBTG issues.
Why name the company and the website “Black-Asian”?
The founder wanted a unique business name that stood out and that would evoke conversation. The name was inspired by her youngest daughter Meili Kwong (鄺美丽), who is a biracial child of mixed African-Amerian and Chinese descent.
Problems the founder witnessed
- Conflict between racial groups and the lack of knowledge as well as willingness to understand the other’s cultural heritage and history.
- Rigid categorization schemes/norms that are inherently limiting and rely on biological stereotypes (i.e., skin tone, hair texture, nose shape, eye color) that are not applicable to persons of mixed race/ethnicity.
To shed the 17th century perceptions of race based on phenotypical traits and to learn and to, instead, appreciate that we actually have multiethnic affiliations. We are not just the colors “black”, “white”, “yellow”, “brown” or “red”. We are people and members of the one and only human race.
Most biracial and multiracial individuals often feel torn between their multiple identities. For example, Meili is sometimes misclassified as American Black of African decent primarily because of her physical characteristics. She is not only American Black of African descent. She, like many individuals, is much more than this category designates.
We aim to reduce negative stereotypes and myths and uncouple outdated ethnic ideology through EDUCATION. We want to EMPOWER multiethnic affiliations, and INSPIRE a positive change in the world.