The essential guide to parenting multiracial and multiethnic children of all ages--and learning to nourish, support, and celebrate their multiracial identity.
Farzana Nayani is a passionate advocate and educator regarding the understanding of culture and race within organizations, schools, and the community. She holds a Master's Degree in Communication and Management from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and the esteemed East-West Center, as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of British Columbia. As a certified teacher and former TESOL instructor, Farzana has focused on bridging understanding across cultural differences across her entire career. In her current work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and intercultural trainer, Farzana has conducted research, workshops, and curriculum design on the cross-cultural topics for two decades. Farzana's work has appeared in Forbes, DiversityInc, LA Parent, and NPR. She is on the advisory board of Multiracial Americans of Southern California, is a part of the CAUSE Leadership Network, advises for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), and is coaching faculty for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coaching Center at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.
"An indispensable study that illustrates the importance of speaking
with children on race so that they can be prepared to deal with the
reality of it throughout their lives. It is a vital book for
parents, caregivers, and educators committed to this kind of work.
--Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego
"Far too often, race is examined and discussed along a Black and
White binary, which leaves multiracial children feeling as though
they do not have a place at the table. In order to strive for
racial inclusion and justice, our conversations must include the
nuances of multiracial identity.
--Liz Kleinrock, educator and founder of Teach and Transform "Raising Multiracial Children provides exercises, questions, an intersectional analysis, curricula, and age-appropriate guidelines for nurturing and supporting the next generation of multiracial people and their allies."
--Paul Kivel, educator, activist, and author of Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice "My wife is Indian, born in New Delhi, and I am African American, born in the American South. Our three children--the 'Three Little Blindians'--are growing up in Los Angeles with a vastly different experience than either of us had. On my wife's side of the family tree, our children can trace their roots back to the founding of New Delhi. On my side, we're aware of a few proud generations, and we've also had to find joy in discovering our African roots together. We've done our best to teach them that they are not 'half' anything. Rather, they have two rich ancestries that they can call on to ground them in their journey through life. As we have experienced in our own Black and Indian family, raising multiracial children is such a critical topic. Farzana isolates invaluable tools to help give any child a more comprehensive sense of self-identity."
--Jason George, actor from Grey's Anatomy and Station 19, on raising children with his wife, writer and educator Vandana Khanna "I can't imagine a person more qualified to write about multiracial and multicultural children than Farzana Nayani. She presents excellent advice to parents, teachers, and cross-cultural trainers concerning the challenges and opportunities faced by multiracial children. She brings a rich background to this task based on years of careful study, knowledge learned from leading workshops, and her own experiences as a spouse and mother."
--Richard W. Brislin, professor emeritus, University of Hawai`i