Anne Marie Nakagawa's documentary examines what it means to have a background of mixed ancestries that cannot be easily categorized. By focusing on 7 Canadians who have one parent from a European background and one of a visible minority, she attempts to get at the root of what it means to be multi-ethnic in a world that wants each person to fit into a single category.
Finding a satisfactory frame of reference in our 'multicultural utopia' turns out to be more complex than one might think. Between: Living in the Hyphen offers a provocative glimpse of what the future holds: a departure from hyphenated names towards a celebration of fluidity and being mixed.
Ages 12 to 17
Diversity - Identity
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Use the statistics Canada website to track ethnic diversity in Canada and track how many individuals do not identify with a single ethnicity. Conduct surveys (at a local mall or park) on personal identity and present findings to the class.