So the question I always have when I read them is: What would a memoir written by the native spouse or the children of this bi-cultural/bi-national union have to say? Especially the children.
One powerful and illuminating read from this perspective is Franz-Olivier Giesbert's The American. In this memoir, FOG talks about growing up in France with a French mother and an American father- a US military veteran who landed on Omaha beach in Normandy, France on June 6th 1944. It is a brutal read. Mixed in with the stories of his difficult relationship with his immigrant patriarch are his experiences as a child of two cultures in the Hexagon and his impressions of the other country in his life, the United States: this place where he was born that loomed large in his imagination, but where he did not spend his formative years.
I was talking to a friend this morning and she mentioned a film that came out just a few years ago about bi-cultural, mixed-race children in Japan. Now Giesbert's father was a European-American and so the mix was not obvious to the eye. The children of European and other ancestries in Japan are called Hafu and are mixed-race in addition to being bi-cultural and/or bi-lingual. This means that difference is visible.
Hafu is a documentary about these visible products of migration and is told from their perspective. I'm going to try to see the film and give you my impressions. In the meantime, here are a few videos I found on the Net that I thought were interesting and worth watching. Enjoy and if you have a moment, please share your comments about them.