"So what are you?" Chandra Crane knows what it's like to get that question. She has a Thai birth father, a European American mother, and an African American father who adopted her when she was five. With this mixed multiethnic and multicultural background, she has keenly felt the otherness of never quite fitting in. Where do people of mixed ethnicity belong? Those of us with multiethnic backgrounds may have pain surrounding our mixed heritage. But we also have the privilege and potential to serve the Lord through our unique experiences. Join Chandra as she explores what Scripture and history teach us about ethnicity and how we can bring all of ourselves to our sense of identity and calling. She'll interview guests, have lively and honest discussions and help us to find out how a mixed identity can be a blessing to you, others, and the world around you.
In today’s episode, we sit down with Latasha Ferguson and hear some of her amazing story. As a Black and Korean woman, Tasha has a lot of insight about navigating two worlds, overcoming obstacles, and finding a synthesis of both joy and sorrow. Enjoy our conversation as well uplift the stories of Mixed folks like Latasha.
Latasha Ferguson is a speaker, writer, podcaster (Overcome to Become Podcast), and ministry leader. Her heart beats for empowering women to do the hard work of heart work so they can get unstuck, overcome, own their story, and live authentically.
She is also a passionate educator who has spent the past 16 years serving in the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now director of instruction.
Wife to her best-friend and mom to four beautiful girls. Latasha loves to read, spend time at the beach, and will travel far and wide for great food that hugs her belly.
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Today’s sponsor: the InterVarsity Library
In today’s episode, I got to sit down at the multiethnic table with Brennan Takayama. Tune in to hear his story as a monoracial multiethnic man with roots in both San Francisco and Hawai’i. Brennan has much insight into loving the “other,” loving oneself (and thus honoring God’s good creation), and loving the land, along with many other great topics.
Brennan Takayama is a mixed Asian man of Japanese and Chinese (Cantonese) ancestry. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii where he enjoyed playing with his brothers and cousins on the family farm. His family moved from Hiroshima, Japan in the late-1800s to work on the sugar cane plantations of the Hamakua coast. His Chinese family moved from Canton to Hawaii and then California in 1870, and his mom was born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. A documentary "Vanishing Chinatown" about his great-grandparents' photo studio has been on the film festival circuit. Two of his favorite TV shows right now are Kim's Convenience and Black-ish.
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In today’s episode, I got to sit down at the multiethnic table with Tiffany Henness. Join us for vulnerability and deep thoughts, but also laughs and theological hijinks. Tiffany’s story is a blessing to me, and will bless you—whether you’re multi- or monoethnic. Come listen and learn from Tiffany and her amazing story as a multiethnic, transracial (but domestic) adoptee.
Tiffany Henness is a biracial, transracial adoptee and founder of the Adoptee Influencer Network. She is also a transracial adoption educator for Be the Bridge, a non-profit that focuses on racial reconciliation. Tiffany lives in Oregon with her husband and two kids, where she serves on the local Leadership Council for Safe Families for Children and organizes a BIPOC community group. She writes about the intersection of adoption, ethnic identity and faith.
In today’s episode, I got to sit down at the multiethnic table with my friend Ben Lowe. Ben is multiethnic, multicultural, and multinational and has much insight and kindness to offer us as we ask the perpetual Mixed question: “Who are my people?” Join us for this encouraging conversation as we talk the environment, belief in a good creator, and learning to define ourselves as God sees us.
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Rev. Ben Lowe is a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Florida, where his research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change. Originally from Singapore, Ben has authored multiple books and currently co-chairs Christians for Social Action.
For this Mixed Blessing episode, I sit down with Christina Quintanilla, a seminarian, small business owner, poet, and friend. It’s a beautiful conversation about the importance of finding God in both weeping and dancing, of great capacity for lament as well as joy. No matter what our ethnic story is, each of us can follow in the footsteps and legacy of Jesus in how we tell and listen to stories, how we walk the land, and how we sit with others.
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Christina is a soap-making seminarian based in Bakersfield, California, USA. She has a heart for racial justice and a love for preaching and writing. After graduating from UCLA, Christina served as a Reconciliation Specialist for InterVarsity Christian fellowship, raising up students of color to thrive as kingdom leaders. Her soap and skincare business, Bloomwell Essentials, gives a portion of every sale towards hunger relief. Christina is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity, with the hopes of opening doors for women of color clergy and disciplining the western church in the ministry of justice and liberation.
Heather Thompson Day—S1E11
For this episode of Mixed Blessing, we get to hear from Heather Thompson Day, a professor, wife, mother, and the author of It’s Not Your Turn, which just released this week! It’s a wonderful conversation about waiting on the Lord, doing good work, extending grace to others, and allowing our Mixed identity to be part of our spiritual formation in all of these areas, as we seek after our King Jesus.
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It’s Not Your Turn from InterVarsity Press
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Daring to Trust by David Richo
Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has nearly 200k followers.
Heather’s writing has been featured on the Today Show, and the National Communication Association. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live and has been featured in Forbes.
She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people and is the author of 7 books; including It’s Not Your Turn, and Confessions of a Christian Wife. Heather resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Pastor Seth Day, and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day.
I needed this podcast.
As a biracial son of a black dad and white mom, racial/ethnic/cultural identity intersections have always been complicated at best. Add to that the nuance of being a light-skinned black man raised in predominantly white religious and educational spaces, and you have the kind of inner conflict that demands far more spaces and resources than seem to exist for people exploring this kind of intersectionality. Then again, it’s only been legal in America for people like me to be born for about half a century, so intellectually I realize there has been little time to create communities around processing these complexities. That said, in a relative desert of thoughtful and engaging spaces around what it means to be mixed, this podcast is an oasis.
So so good!
Chandra blends curiosity and thoughtfulness and humor in such a beautiful way. Each episode truly feels like two friends sitting together and being their genuine selves. This podcast is such a treat!
So much to think about
As someone who will be parenting mixed ethnicity children this podcast has given me a lot to think about. I appreciate the transparency that both Chandra, and her guest have been willing to have in each episode. As a black man who’s spent a significant part of his life in white dominated spaces I’ve felt a sense of solidarity in many ways with my multi-ethnic siblings experience, but I’ve also been amazed at some others that have been unique to each of them. Like I said I’ve been given so much to think about, I look forward to learning more, and I can’t recommend this show enough!