Raising Bi-cultural, Bi-racial Children

Yesterday, my piece on raising bi-cultural, bi-racial children appeared in the Facts and Arguments section of the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national newspapers.

Raising Bi-Cultural ChildrenIt was really a treat to be involved in the editing process, and I’m thrilled with how the article ended up, except for the title, which presumably had to be catchy and slightly edgy. I’m not a big user of the word ‘hate’, and the article was not meant entirely as a reaction against the phrase we are often greeted with, ‘one of each’. Rather, it is about the multiplicity of identity, and the ways in which culture, ethnicity and religion can sometimes intertwine, though clearly culture is not ethnicity, nor is it a monolithic, fixed entity.

It is also about the tendency I’m seeing in Canada towards monoculture, not only in the sense of the Code of Secularism and the hesitance surrounding displays of faith, but in the de-culturing of school winter concerts away from multicultural winter solstice celebrations of light towards a more decontextualized Disney pantomime that often does not even reference the season of winter.

Finally, it is about the personal journey of identity and how I hope to be sharing positively in that with my kids, and their bi-racial, bi-cultural context.

Here’s the link to the article:  Two of a Kind

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  1. Nora Khanani
    May 16, 2017 @ 04:11:22

    Hi Chetana. How are you? You remember me I bet as I am Nora Khanani who did the TESOL course with you. Long time no chat. Before I go any further I will say your article called “Two of a Kind,” is well written. Truly I enjoyed reading it and hearing about what your family experiences since you are raising children who are bi racial. I relate because my family is quite mixed though most today say we look very Indian or Pakistani and the funny thing is that that is not actually my background. However, people are quick to stereotype and presume what someone’s race is. I myself hate when people just assume or make remarks like you experience. Bi racial children are beautiful and in all honesty we are all human. So why not mix with everyone? I was going to say I do remember you wearing the bindis and the traditional Indian costumes at our TESOL course. Now in your article you said you do not wear this much anymore. Can I ask why not? It sure looked nice on you. You have a great website and articles. As for me I am teaching Kindergarten in Dubai but live in Montreal still. I became an Ontario certified teacher in 2015. How about you? Are you still in India at times and in Ontario? I am at laturca73@yahoo.ca Write me soon please. Nora Khanani

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