Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 20:15:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dan firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Research/Survey Request
I'm currently comparing British and Canadian multiculturalism strategies for my research paper. I'd like to look at the ways in which they both define themselves against the 'excess' of the United States and attempt to construct a national identity, but I'm particularly interested to ask whether the rise in the biracial population, and the numbers of people claiming multiple identities has forced a shift in emphasis from race (and anti-racism) to culture (and multiculturalism).
I'd like to ask whether:
1) we have moved beyond binary oppositions of black and white?
2) has an identifiable mixed race community been established? And if so what is its political power?
3) are mixed race children still forced to choose one identity – and if so can they simply become an 'acceptable' black culture?
I'd like to examine the global economy and advertising and media to see the presentation of mixed race people – any help with this would be appreciated.
I'm pretty well-versed in British immigration and race realtions laws, but information on Canadian immigration policy would be helpful. Also, I'd like to find sources on national identity, and law codes pertaining to the basis of national identity.
Most importantly, I would appreciate data on British and Canadian levels of interracial marriage (and divorce). I would also like data on the size of the mixed population in both countries.
Thanks in advance,