Mixed Blood is a photographic and textual project portraying NYC and Beijing based families that include children with “mixed” races, ethnicities, and cultures. Mixed Blood questions and diffuses the historical categorization process of race/ethnicity and focuses on connective, cross-cultural experiences. The portraits and their accompanying narratives illustrate the varying relationships family members have with their backgrounds, cultural context and citizenship. This unifying of race and cultures within a family unit continues to influence the evolution of American and global identity today.
Mixed Blood is a continuing series which will soon feature 2 additional cities.
"Globally minded, multi-cultural, multi-national scenes are home for me. Anyone who shares my values of decency, fairness, inclusion, sharing, unselfishness, community contribution, healthy and environmentally conscious living is at home in my home." Rebecca Levin, Egbuna Levin Family
"My father comes from the North-West Frontier Province, which is between Afghanistan and Pakistan. My father was a Pathan, and my mother was a Rajput. The Rajputs are a tribal group descendent from the original white Huns who migrated from Central Asia about 2000 years ago. Historically this clan married within the tribal group. When my mom married my dad, it was the first time that anyone from her clan had married outside of her group. My parents' backgrounds were very different genetically and ethnically even though they lived in the same region. Coming from these two streams of consciousness marked the beginning of a far greater experience with cross-cultural relationships." Khalid Malik, Malik Family
"I'm first American, and since I spend so much time with my Dad's side, I feel more Afro-Cuban American. My extended family on my dad's side is huge. My grandmother is 1 of 14 children. She had 7 children. My mom had 9 children. The women on my dad's side are very strong and the matriarchs of the family...I have a different view on Americanism. Although I love my country, I've been drawn to places outside of the US. I feel like the US can be a bit judgmental, where things can be categorized in a box. Maybe it's because I'm a black, American woman." Damasa Doyle, Doyle Family
"My dad, with Irish, English and German blood, never felt like a mixed child. And most people today see him as a white American. However, my grandfather said that back then, having both the Irish and German blood in a person was definitely considered mixed race. Determining an individual as mixed really has to do with whatever the generations or cultural barriers at the moment are, and they're always changing." Matthew James, James Family
"Being shaped by China's history, I'm interested in discovering modern China, everyday life, taxi culture, office culture, the huge generational differences and how people are addressing or not addressing these differences. I have faith in the Chinese people and am positive about its future." Rosa Huang, Huang Rierson Family
Valter Family 2010 © CYJO
NYC Collective 2010 © CYJO
Kishimoto Family 2013 © CYJO
Beijing Collective 2012-13 © CYJO