When Half Is Whole: Multiethnic Asian American Identities

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"I listen and gather people's stories. Then I write them down in a way that I hope will communicate something to others, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value. I tell myself that this isn't going to be done unless I do it, just because of who I am. It's a way of making my mark, leaving something behind . . . not that I'm planning on going anywhere right now." So explains Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu in this touching, introspective, and insightful examination of mixed race Asian American experiences. The son of an Irish American father and Japanese mother, Murphy-Shigematsu uses his personal journey of identity exploration and discovery of his diverse roots to illuminate the journeys of others. Throughout the book, his reflections are interspersed among portraits of persons of biracial and mixed ethnicity and accounts of their efforts to answer a seemingly simple question: Who am I? Here we meet Norma, raised in postwar Japan, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman, who struggled to make sense of her ethnic heritage and national belonging. Wei Ming, born in Australia and raised in the San Francisco of the 1970s and 1980s, grapples as well with issues of identity, in her case both ethnic and sexual. We also encounter Rudy, a "Mexipino"; Marshall, a "Jewish, adopted Korean"; Mitzi, a "Blackinawan"; and other extraordinary people who find how connecting to all parts of themselves also connects them to others. With its attention on people who have been regarded as "half" this or "half" that throughout their lives, these stories make vivid the process of becoming whole.

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Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and Irish-American father and raised in Massachusetts. He received a doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, was professor at Tokyo University, and is consulting professor at Stanford University and Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of Multicultural Encounters and Amerasian Children.

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"Murphy-Shigematsu explores our exponentially growing Hapa demographic with personal insight and fearless self-examination. Both rigorous and graceful, this book is smart, readable, and very needed."—Kip Fulbeck, author of Part Asian, 100% Hapa

"What a moving and thought-provoking book! Brilliantly nuanced, searingly honest, and beautifully written, When Half Is Whole raises profound, often uncomfortable questions about race, identity, and the search for human connection. I couldn't put it down."—Amy Chua, Yale Law School Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall

"When Half Is Whole is a beautiful book, a near-perfect bridge of genres, scholarly in its insights and the knowledge base from which it proceeds, but rich in stories and the voices of mixed-race, complicatedly Asian individuals. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu tells their stories in prose that is like cool water running down hill. I read the book in one sitting. I will surely read it again when I need its wisdom, or when I just want to enjoy the company of Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu's unique voice."—Paul Spickard, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Part memoir, part oral history, and part ethnography, this volume transcends distinctions among literary and social science genres much as its subjects' lives transcend racial, sexual, and national boundaries. This is a deeply moving and groundbreaking work."--Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California, Berkeley, Professor

"When Half Is Whole is a fascinating, constantly-surprising guided journey through the varied, complex worlds of multiethnic Asian Americans. Murphy-Shigematsu writes with a subtle, engaging style that sometimes verges on poetry."—Carlos E. Cortes, author of Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time

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