Empowering Biracial Identity Through Art

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: Empowering Biracial Identity Through Art
Stream: Arts - Teaching and Learning the Arts
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Jamie Ortolano, Sogang University, South Korea


Biracial people have generally been marginalized in society since they cannot truly fit into one racial identity. They usually are considered as tainted, strange, or alien-like. In some cases, they are forgotten - the forgotten minority, the forgotten other. This leaves biracial people in a state of confusion about their identity and where they belong. They are left unable to reconcile their two racial identities due to their own ambiguity. Identity development has been researched extensively, and art may be a critical tool for that development. Nevertheless, most research focuses on one racial minority group, such as African Americans, and helps them empower their identity. There has not been sufficient research about using art for biracial empowerment. This presentation would explore how art could be used to discover one’s hybridity and as a tool to educate others. By creating art with which biracial people can identify, they can, in turn, have a stronger voice in society, thus educating the world. It is a way to recreate their frames of reference and educate others that they are humans also and not just the forgotten "other".

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