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Portraits Of A Blended Nation

This weekend, Liane Hansen, host of Weekend Edition Sunday, will interview the authors of a new book: Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America. It's part of a new series called "Beyond Black and White," which will highlight the nation's changing demographics and changing attitudes about racial identity.

  • Photographer Mike Tauber and the book's co-producer Pamela Singh.
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    Photographer Mike Tauber and the book's co-producer Pamela Singh.
    Photo by Robert and Robbie Bailey
  • Cheryl Quintana Leader: white, one-eighth Aztec Indian. Mar Vista Hills, Calif.
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    Cheryl Quintana Leader: white, one-eighth Aztec Indian. Mar Vista Hills, Calif.
    Photos by Mike Tauber
  • Andre Johnson: Native American (Cherokee, Blackfoot), White (Spanish, Dutch from Curacao), African-American. Brooklyn, N.Y. "Being seen and labeled as a 'black man' has never bothered me. Nor have I felt challenged to announce that I am also Native American/Dutch West Indian, and that my great, great grandfather was a southern man of Jewish descent."
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    Andre Johnson: Native American (Cherokee, Blackfoot), White (Spanish, Dutch from Curacao), African-American. Brooklyn, N.Y. "Being seen and labeled as a 'black man' has never bothered me. Nor have I felt challenged to announce that I am also Native American/Dutch West Indian, and that my great, great grandfather was a southern man of Jewish descent."
  • Brandon Scruggs: less than half black (includes Creole), quarter Korean, and more than a quarter Native American. Alhambra, Calif.
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    Brandon Scruggs: less than half black (includes Creole), quarter Korean, and more than a quarter Native American. Alhambra, Calif.
  • Janine (center), Evan (right) and their children, Weston, Austin and Isabella. Janine: white, some Native American (Aleutian Islander); Evan: African-American, Native American (Cherokee, Choctaw), white. Benicia, Calif.
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    Janine (center), Evan (right) and their children, Weston, Austin and Isabella. Janine: white, some Native American (Aleutian Islander); Evan: African-American, Native American (Cherokee, Choctaw), white. Benicia, Calif.
  • Mikle and John McBride (brothers). Mikle: half African-American, half Korean. John: half African-American, half Syrian. New York, N.Y.
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    Mikle and John McBride (brothers). Mikle: half African-American, half Korean. John: half African-American, half Syrian. New York, N.Y.
  • Christopher Kaapuniikealoha, Victoria Navarro Oana, Ariel Soleil Hokulani Overton, Rossiter Kamealoha Oana and Virginia Aguon Aflague. Victoria: half Pacific Islander (Chamorro), half white (Spanish); Christopher (grandson) and Arial (granddaughter): Pacific Islander (Chamorro), Native American (Cherokee), white; Virginia (Victoria's mother); Pacific Islander (Chamorro), white (Spanish). Seattl...
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    Christopher Kaapuniikealoha, Victoria Navarro Oana, Ariel Soleil Hokulani Overton, Rossiter Kamealoha Oana and Virginia Aguon Aflague. Victoria: half Pacific Islander (Chamorro), half white (Spanish); Christopher (grandson) and Arial (granddaughter): Pacific Islander (Chamorro), Native American (Cherokee), white; Virginia (Victoria's mother); Pacific Islander (Chamorro), white (Spanish). Seattle, Wash.
  • Shigeru Logan: half black, half Japanese. Los Angeles, Calif.
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    Shigeru Logan: half black, half Japanese. Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Ryan and his mother Tracy Schlachter. Ryan: half black, half white. "When I show people who my mother is, they are surprised because we don't really look alike." Queens, N.Y.
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    Ryan and his mother Tracy Schlachter. Ryan: half black, half white. "When I show people who my mother is, they are surprised because we don't really look alike." Queens, N.Y.
  • Whitney Moses: father's parents were black, Native American and white; mother is white (French, English, Irish). Oakland, Calif.
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    Whitney Moses: father's parents were black, Native American and white; mother is white (French, English, Irish). Oakland, Calif.

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hide captionBlended Nation/Mike Tauber and Pamela Singh

The husband-and-wife team of photographer Mike Tauber and co-producer Pamela Singh were intrigued by the post-Sept. 11 climate of anxiety and racism. Years later, the election of a bi-racial president would bring the topic of racial identity to the forefront of national conversation. Tune into the series to learn more. On Sunday's show, Hansen will also speak with Cheryl Quintana Leader, one of the subjects in the book, who is part Caucasian, Mexican, and Aztec Indian. See more photos on Mike Tauber's Web site.

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