Letters to the Editor

Visibility or Invisibility? Media Representations of Mixed Race People

The “multiracial look” is hot these days. Celebrities like Vin Diesel, Alicia Keys and Keanu Reeves are all experiencing great popularity, and fashion brands are constantly using racially ambiguous models in their ad campaigns. Is this current fixation with mixed people entirely positive? When advertisements use mixed models as metaphors for multiculturalism and tolerance, is that necessarily progressive? Most importantly, how can mixed people use this period of increased visibility to make themselves heard?

This discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at The Kimmel Center at New York University, Room 406, 60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place. General admission is $5. Free for students with ID.

**Please RSVP to rsvp@fusionseries.com**

“Visibility or Invisibility? Media Representations of Mixed Race People” is part of the discussion series “Fusion: Ethnicity and Identity in a Changing Society,” focusing on issues that are relevant to mixed adults, mixed families, transracial adoptees, and interracial/cultural/faith couples. It provides an open and honest forum in which different communities can come together for meaningful dialogue and coalition building.

The series is spearheaded by the documentary film Anomaly, the online magazine EurasianNation.com, and the community organization Swirl, Inc., which all focus on giving voice to, and bringing together multiethnic and multicultural communities. The March 23 event will also be hosted by the Biracial and Multiracial Students Association at New York University and co-sponsored by the Columbia Hapa Club and the media arts organization, Third World Newsreel.

To RSVP for the event, email rsvp@fusionseries.com. For more information about this event or the Fusion Series, email team@fusionseries.com or visit

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