Meet Christine and Matt’s Family

October 15, 2011 |  Category:   photography

A new family to share on The Mixed Race Project: Christine & Matt. They live in San Francisco and have a 2 year old daughter, Maile.

Thanks for your continued support and suggestions for the project. I’m working on trying to get more diverse families in the future, particularly with older kids as well as families with adopted children. As with anything, it’s a matter of logistics, time, and the challenge of scheduling!

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  • Funaek October 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I think this project is amazing and I find it so interesting how food plays such a big role in reinforcing cultural backgrounds. Food is such a strong and emotional connection. I like how the pictures include photos of the families’ food and cooking – I’d love to see more of those!

    I’m not part of a mixed race family but in some ways felt like it growing up as a Korean-American with Korean parents. And while my niece and nephew are 100% Korean their dad speaks to them only in Korean while my sister speaks to them in English. They are now old enough that they realize the difference and refer to Korean as “oodeemal (our language)” and English as “haikyomal (school language).” I’ll be interested to see how their cultural identification changes (or not) as they grow up and hope they have an easier time than I did.

  • Ines Anchondo October 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Beautiful picture! what a wonderful project, Jenna.

  • Chantale October 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Lohove it Jenna. Keep em coming.. I’m such a voyeur, non? I always wonder how mixed race families deal with, well, being mixed race and how others react to them. Thx for this J.

  • Ida October 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Hi, a relatively new reader here and my first time commenting, too. Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying this new project; the pictures, the words, the concept, it’s really something special!

  • Nuree October 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’m really loving your project. I’ve recently come across heavy opposition from my family for dating an older, Caucasian man (I am a 1.5-gen Korean American) and while he and I are no longer together, my curiosity on mixed race relationships and families has grown tremendously, especially because I have a hard time visualizing a future with a Korean-American man. I’ve read articles and books, and have spoken with a number of friends in mixed raced relationships. While they all seem encouraging, it’s very hard to imagine my parents opening up to it. Your project (and your family story) gives me a bit more hope that my parents, sometime in the future, may accept a non-Korean man as a possible son-in-law. I so want to share your project with my parents right now but…I think it’ll have to wait for the right time. In the meantime, I’m excited to see where you project will take you!

    Thanks, Jenna, for taking on something like this and creating something tangible for the greater public (and touching my heart and soul – I was overwhelmed with emotions when I first browsed through your photos and captions). The world’s changing so much and so quickly – what a way to document the present!

  • Ivana October 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Jenna this family, reminds me a lot , of yours … I just found their blog yesterday … hope you like them and can contact them as well !!
    http://mycakies.blogspot.com/

  • sarah October 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    As a woman whose father is from Bangkok and whose mother is from Illinois, this project intrigues me. I often feel like, as a “mixed race” person, race has always been less of an issue, pretty much a non-issue, because there isn’t one category for me or my siblings. So it’s interesting to see an entire project devoted to calling attention to it. I think your decision not to focus on faces is smart, since, if anything, mixed race people can be exoticized. I hope people see your project as a celebration of what family is – total acceptance, no matter what your background is. When I was growing up and I asked my parents what my “race” was (for a fill-in-the-bubble standardized test, perhaps), they told me, “You’re the human race.” And that was that.

  • Sarah October 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I’m loving your new project! There was a particularly relevant article in the NYTimes this past week (in case you didn’t see it): http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/us/for-mixed-family-old-racial-tensions-remain-part-of-life.html

    I think you’re tackling a fascinating subject and look forward to the rest of your entries.

  • sue October 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I am absolutely in love with this project!

  • Lynn October 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Clicking on the link and looking at Christine & Matt’s first photo was a great reminder that, regardless of race, we’re all so similar: Mom holding baby, Dad on iphone! LOL!

  • Renee October 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I just wanted to say that I love your project…..I’m in an interracial marriage,too….I’m Caucasian and my husband is Asian….not only that,but my husband was a different religion….try telling that to your southern family and you get some crazy looks and comments. 🙂

  • Holly October 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Jenna,

    Have you ever read Melissa’s blog, here: http://allbuttonedup.typepad.com/all_buttoned_up/2011/10/october-is-generally-a-great-good-month-we-got-married-this-month-august-turns-4-and-then-just-a-bit-later-manny-turns-3.html

    She has a gorgeous family with a biological son, two adopted sons, and is pregnant with her fourth. I don’t know her, but maybe it would be lovely for you two to connect.

  • gia October 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Oh cool, would love to see adoptions! It’s such a warm, accepting root to your cause.

  • mickie October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    gorgeous families and photos…

  • Katie October 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    This is an awesome project!

  • Tamara October 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I have been reading your blog for quite some time now! I love your beautiful photos, receipes and the stories and especially your new project!

  • Abba October 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I´m Indian and my husband is German. Our daughter just turned 4 last week. As I was born and grew up in England, but moved to Germany with my family when I was 13 I don´t really know where “home” is and I only learned about half there is to know about the hindu religion. Although I am not really religious there are a couple of things I would love to pass on to my daughter and of course a few receipes my mum taught me! I really hope that I can teach her all about the three countries I somehow belong to. Here in Germany there are not many mixed marriages yet…I really love the idea of your project. I don´t feel quite so alone.

  • Sherisa D October 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    OMG! I have been thinking about doing something like this myself, down the line! I would love to participate once I have some bambinos! 🙂 I am Black Caribbean American and my husband is Indonesian Dutch.

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