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!
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.
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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!
"...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!
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!
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.
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!
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).
“So know your motive, and let your motive be motivation.”
- Oswin Benjamin
In this episode, we sit down with Natasha & Larnell Bruce Sr.; an interracial couple out of Vancouver, Washington. If their names seem familiar, it may be because they were in the news recently after their son was the victim of a hate crime, in which he lost his life, in August of 2016. We talk about how they managed to take that act of hate, and turn it into a tool of love and acceptance. The title of this episode, “Love And Live”, is also the title of their new non-profit, aimed at supporting victims/survivors of hate crimes, and discrimination.
We also talk about bringing together a blended household from previous relationships, What they enjoy/appreciate the most about each other, and ideas/hopes they have for future generations free of hate.
We should also note, though we didn’t talk about it in the interview it is worth mentioning; Larnell Bruce Jr, saved the lives of 5 different people, with the donation of his organs upon his passing. It is an example of “turning hate into an act of love” that we could not pass up!
If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com or our many social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter).
BROOKLYN STAND UP!
In this episode, we sit down with stand-up comedian Andre McSween, living out of Brooklyn, New York! We talk about living in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood, while being one of the few American-born residents, AND being mixed. With his father being from Trinidad, and his mother being from Costa Rica, feeling "In the middle" has been a dominant theme throughout his life. He talks about the period trips he took, as a child, to visit family in Costa Rica and how that shaped his sense of identity. It is a great episode, that truly illustrates how biracial individuals can struggle with the feeling of not having "a place."