Harvard SWAYA Conference on Multiracial Identity 2012 | Loving Day

Harvard SWAYA Conference on Multiracial Identity 2012

When and Where is the Event?

Date and Time: 
04/06/2012 - 6:00pm to 04/07/2012 - 8:30pm
Harvard University
Address Line 1: 
Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) in the Harvard Quad
State (if you are in the U.S.A): 
United States

Event Details

Ticket or RSVP Requirements: 
RSVP required

Event description from Harvard HAPA:

The Half Asian People's Association (HAPA) of Harvard College would like to cordially invite you to our forth annual conference on mixed racial identity, also known as SWAYA ("So...What Are You Anyways?"). It will begin on the evening of April 6th and will continue into the evening of April 7th. All events will occur on Harvard's campus. We have invited an engaging group of professors, graduate students, and celebrity figures to come participate in this event. There will be lectures, group discussions, and panels on a mix of interracial topics. In addition, we will have a keynote speaker who will speak Friday night, and a gala dinner on Saturday night in honor of celebrity guest Diane Farr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Farr), author of Kissing Outside the Lines.

HAPA Board would absolutely love it if you could attend, and we would be more than happy to find living accommodations for you. Please inform us of your interest and questions by responding to harvardhapa@gmail.com. Please see the website ( http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/harvardhapa/swaya/) for the program schedule and registration form. If you would like to collaborate with us in terms of planning this event or know of somebody who would love to speak about their research or lead a discussion, please let us know! We would love to collaborate with groups outside of Harvard College.

Eliza Nguyen, Harvard HAPA President
Elizabeth Double, Harvard HAPA Publicity Chair


Loving Day is proud to participate in this conference. Loving Day founder Ken Tanabe will be leading two discussion groups:

Discussion Block A

1) Mixed in the Press 2011-2012: How far have we come since “Loving”? with Ken Tanabe

There has been no shortage of press about multiethnic couples and individuals in the press this year: the New York Times “Race Remixed” series, the Kentucky congregation that banned interracial couples, numerous hate crimes, and the coverage surrounding the Loving Story film. This will be a conversation about what has changed (and what hasn’t) since Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage in 1967.

Discussion Block B

1) “Sh** White Girls Say” Videos on YouTube: What do they say about mixed race? with Ken Tanabe

The “Sh** White Girls Say” video by Franchesca Ramsey (aka Chescaleigh) mushroomed into a full-fledged internet meme, garnering attention from the likes of ABC News and inspiring innumerable variations – including some that relate to multiethnic identity. What do these millions of views on YouTube tell us about how we are perceived, and what constitutes a socially acceptable conversation about race?

After The Event