Interracial couple examine mixed-race relations in America 

The interracial husband-and-wife team of Mike Tauber and Pamela Singh document the stories of mixed-race Americans with photographs and essays in the book “Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America.” The couple will participate in a panel discussion at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

How did you choose the people who are profiled in the book? We started out with friends, then friends of friends, and then it branched out from there. We went with some of the areas with the highest populations of mixed race.

How did your subjects react? People were really into it. For the most part they hadn’t been asked these types of questions before, or they haven’t been forced to think about and answer some of these questions.

How difficult is it to work together as husband and wife? I think it has its challenges, but we’re a fairly good team.

How has the election of President Barack Obama changed society’s view of mixed race? Many people think this topic is no longer relevant and that we live in a post-race America where racial issues no longer exist. If anything, we’ve found the opposite to be true because there’s a heightened awareness of race and racial issues than in the recent past.

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