Close Up

February 23, 2018

“…Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up…”

Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond

 

In this episode, we sit down with Chet; a mixed-race individual originally from Southern California. We find out a great deal about her journey to discovering her own racial identity. Not only did she begin her life in the entertainment world, as a child actor, she met her husband through comedy! We talk about living in Hawaii near family on her mother’s side, as well as living in a predominantly White suburb with her father. It is a wonder glimpse into what mixed-race people go through across the country, and the world, everyday! Give it a listen!

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Color Palette

January 12, 2018

In this episode, we sit down with Carter Anderson, a stand-up comedian, now living in Portland, Oregon. He is not only in an interracial relationship with his girlfriend, Sara (who was sadly out of state when we were doing the interview), they are also polyamorous.

We not only take a look at what happens when an interracial relationship intersects with polyamory, we also examine the concerns/issues that can arise when speaking to family & your wider social circles about it. In addition to all of that we follow Carter on his journey to maturity, coming from Texas then moving to Portland, and how those racial atmospheres shaped him into the man he is today!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube).

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The Biracial Bunch

December 13, 2017

In this episode, we examine the world of Transracial Adoption. Our guest, Irian Vega, was adopted from New Guinea to two White parents, as a child. We talk about growing up in that dynamic, how it shaped her worldview, and how her experiences helped her as a parent later on in her life. We also have a good discussion about the fetishizing of mixed race relationships, which is still a very concerning issue today. It is a wonderful interview about living on your own terms! Take a listen, and let us know what you think!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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Cubish

November 22, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Irish/Cuban comedian, Joe Fernandez, out of Chicago! We focus not only on Joe’s fascinating family history; we also focus on the benefits of researching your own family history as much as you can. With his mom having roots all the way back to Ireland, and his dad being an immigrant from Cuba at 9 years old, there was no shortage of interesting things to talk about. We also look at how his family dynamic helped his world outlook as he grew older, and how it has shaped his comedy career. We loved this interview, and we’re sure you will too! We also hope it inspires others to research their own family history, and share it with the world.

 

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).  

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R & R

November 1, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Helen & Noah; a mixed couple, and authors of the book “JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews.” For the first time on our show, we examine the intersection of racial & cultural identity with religious identity. What issues might arise in mixed relationships when there is also a difference in religious practices, how does it affect social groups around that couple, and what are some ways to address the situation? In addition to their research, we also explore the fascinating journey of Helen & Noah’s relationship. It is just as fascinating as their book, with chance encounters, long distance romance, and creating their own path as far as cultural identity.

We decided to title this episode “R & R” for a few reasons; one, the “R’s” stand for “Racial & Religious” Identity, and two, in order to highlight how they made a long distance relationship work during their years in graduate school, which was to view their time together as much needed “rest & relaxation.” This is an entertaining, and very important episode with insights that add a great deal to the exploration of interracial relationships.

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, don’t forget to check out Helen & Noah’s book, “JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews” and check out the full scale of their research! It is truly a great read!

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Bay Baes

September 22, 2017

"...Many people ask me why get married. I was 77, Thea was 75, and maybe we were older than that at that point, but the fact is that everybody treated it as different. It turns out marriage is different...It's a magic word. For anybody who doesn't understand why we want it, and why we need it, it is magic..."

 - Edith "Edie" Windsor

In this episode we chat with Deborah & Schon; a same-sex, interracial couple in the Oakland Bay Area. They have been together for 35 years, and married for 30! How did they make it longer than a lot of hetero-couples? After being married for 30 years, how did it feel to finally have the government recognize their union? We take a look at these questions, as well as many others! We talk about their experiences being together in the Midwest (where they met) where diversity is a challenge, versus the very diverse California Bay Area. We also talk about never apologizing for who you are, and why it is so important to put your true self “on the table” up front.

In addition to all that, we honor the late Edie Windsor, one of the strongest forces behind the legalization of same-sex marriage; may Edie’s spirit, and passion for making this a better world, live on in all of us!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

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First Date Gamble

September 8, 2017

In this episode, we sit down with Rico & Mimi; an interracial couple out of Portland, Oregon. The couple has been friends with our host, Nathan, for years. Even with that, there were still things Nathan found out about them in the interview that he never knew! One of the first stories is how Rico put his last five dollars into a poker machine, in order to have enough money for the first date that he had just asked Mimi on; it’s a hilarious & heartwarming story that anyone can connect with! They even help us out with an Interracial Inquiries question. We chat about how to navigate the landscape of social circles that may not be on board with your interracial relationship. We also talk about ways that you can help your partner when they are overwhelmed and advice for other (or prospective) mixed couples out there! Take a listen, tell your loved ones, tell your friends!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

 

 

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Couples Counseling

August 14, 2017

In this episode, we look at the dynamics of a romantic couple. Issues in a relationship, when left unaddressed, are the biggest enemies of a relationship; compound that with coming from different backgrounds & racial groups, and the destructive force of those issues grows exponentially. Therefore, it is advantageous to develop healthy relationship habits as soon as possible, especially for interracial couples. So we wanted to do a show covering how you go about developing those healthy habits.

Our guest on the show is Alana Ogilvie, MFT, a Marriage & Family Therapist located in Portland, Oregon. She gives us all the "Ins & Outs" of couples counseling. We chat about everything; how she got involved in therapy, things to ask when considering couples therapy, how a typical session works, common pitfalls for couples, intimacy issues, and much more! If you are in a relationship (interracial or not) grab your partner, and listen to this one together!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you are in the greater Portland area, and you want quality help with your relationship, give Alana a call! She is knowledgeable, professional, and very good at what she does! Check out her website for more info here, www.sextherapyportland.com.

 

 
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The Voltron of Problem Solving

August 1, 2017

In this episode we chat with the creator of our theme music here at The Hamster Village, Kielen King, and his lovely fiancé, Sarah. Our conversations spans many different topics; from tips on how to navigate online dating, to how critical it is to be good at problem solving in a relationship. Sarah talks about learning from her past interracial relationships to prepare her for this one, and Kielen talks about how caring for Sarah as she healed from a traumatic injury taught him how to better put himself in someone else’s shoes. Check it out!

If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, check out Kielen’s great body of work! You can find him at kielenking.bandcamp.com, and starpilotmusic.com. His latest collaboration is “War Music,” and it’s great! You should definitely go give it a listen, as well!

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Seal Team Mixed

July 18, 2017

In this episode, we sit down in an Idaho coffee shop with Kayla & Javier; an interracial couple that truly knows what it means to have eachother's back. We talk about how they connected for years before actually meeting eachother face-to-face, how they had to stand together against opposition to their relationship coming from Kayla's family, and how they learned to live with one another. Our host, Nathan, also briefly touches on negative comments he has recieved for things we talk about on the show.  It is an episode that can touch on many different emotions, and a great listen whether you are in a mixed relationship or not!

We also want to stress that the overall reception/comments toward what we are trying to do here have been full of love, support, and great questions! Please feel free to keep contacting us! We're here to stay! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).

 

 

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