A World Apart

May 22, 2018

"There's power in love. There's power in love to help and heal when nothing else can

There's power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will

There's power in love to show us the way to live.”

Bishop Michael Curry

 

Welcome to our special “Royal Wedding” episode!

The world recently watched, as Prince Harry of the British Royal Family, and Biracial American actress, Meghan Markle “tied the knot.” It made some feel pride & hope, made others feel anger, but most importantly added another very bright spotlight on the experiences of interracial couples all over the world. How is life for those couples around the world, who are in the same situation as Harry & Meghan, but may not have the same level of celebrity as they do?

 We sit down with Jenn & Mike. With Jenn being Black & originally from the US, and Mike being White & originally from the Czech Republic, traveling overseas to meet in-laws is nothing new to them. This is their second time on The Hamster Village, as guests. Our first interview with them took place right before they both traveled to the Czech Republic together for the first time. In this episode, we talk about what concerns, reservations, and hopes they had before traveling to meet Mike’s family the first time. We also get their initial reactions to the news of Meghan & Harry’s marriage, as well as how being in an interracial relationship can sometimes feel like being an ambassador for your individual race, especially when traveling to other countries.  Give it a listen!

 

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Interacial Inquiries: Anxiety

March 28, 2018

This is our second installment of "Interracial Inquiries" where we talk to the Mixed Race Club of Whitman College. In this episode, we answer a question seeking advice about dealing with questions about racial make-up. The question reads:

"Have any of your guests ever had anxiety about going somewhere, because there might be questions about them being mixed? Howw did they deal with it?"

The club had some phenomenal answers, as well as gave a crystal clear insight into the everyday mental stress that mixed individuals can be under. We chat about having prepared answers, making up stuff to get out of the situation, and the importance of finding someone/a group who share similar experiences.

Have you every been in a situation similar to this; where you avoid something to save yourself from the stress? Tell us about it! We'd love to hear how you connect with this topic; website, social media, anything!

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Interracial Inquiries: Bowing Out

March 8, 2018

We're back with more installments of "Interracial Inquiries;" that is where we take questions from you, the listener, and pose them to our guests. In this episode, we sit down with the members of the Mixed-Race Club at Whitman College. This is the first installment with these bright, and thoughtful students, and were so thankful for their honesty! Instead of a question, we brought up the news story about actor Amandla Stenberg ("Rue" from Hunger Games) turning down a huge role in Black Panther, on account of being Bi-racial. Quote: “These are all dark-skinned actors playing Africans, and I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same color as everyone else in the movie...”

You can read Amandla's thoughts about her decision here:

Amandla Stenberg Walked Away from Black Panther for a Very Thoughtful Reason

We ask the students about their reactions/thoughts surrounding the situation, as well as if they have ever felt the need to "bow out" of a situation because of their racial identity. It is very thought provoking, thoughtful, emotional, honest, and much more! Give it a listen! Please share!

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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!

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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.

 

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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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