Photos Show What Families of the Future Could Look Like

The population of mixed race Americans is growing faster than any single race. Here are the faces behind those numbers.

In 2000, for the first time in U.S. history, the Census Bureau allowed people to self-identify with more than one race. By 2010, the increase in those reporting multiple races (32%) far outpaced the increase in those reporting a single race (9.2%). Korean-American photographer CYJO was inspired to find and document some of the families behind those numbers, and others like them worldwide.

For a series of photos entitled “Mixed Blood,” CYJO spent three years photographing portraits of mixed-race families in New York and Beijing.

“There were a number of surprises,” said CYJO. “One of them was meeting families that had such close relationships to a multitude of languages and more than one citizenship. I was familiar with 2 languages being used in the household having experienced it myself. But using three languages in the household [like the Chandola family] was definitely a surprise.”

Mixed Blood is a traveling exhibition in China that launched at Today Art Museum in Beijing and is sponsored by the US Embassy in Beijing, China. It us curated by Nik Apostolides and designed by Timothy Archambault.

Above, the Casarosa Family, 2010. Citizenships: American, Italian, Korean. Ancestries: Italian, Korean. Languages: English, Italian, Korean. Live in New York.


Doyle Family, 2010. Citizenship: American. Ancestries: African, American Indian, Creole, Cuban, French, Irish. Languages: English, Spanish, French. Live in New York.


James Family, 2010. Citizenship: American. Ancestries: American Indian, Chinese, Dutch, English, Filipino, German, Irish, Japanese, Prussian. Languages: English, French, Pidgin English (a mix of English, Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino). Live in New York.


Valter Family, 2010. Citizenship: American, German. Ancestries: African, American Indian, Bahamian, French, German. Languages: English, German, French, Spanish. Live in New York.

Chandola Family, 2013. Citizenships: Indian, Korean. Ancestries: Indian, Korean. Languages: English, Korean, Mandarin, Hindi. Live in Beijing


Huang Rierson Family, 2013. Citizenships: American, Belgium. Ancestries: Chinese, All Western Europe except France. Languages: Mandarin, French, English. Live in Beijing.


Kishimoto Family, 2013. Citizenships: Chinese, Japanese. Ancestries: Han Chinese, Japanese, Xibo Chinese. Languages: Mandarin, Japanese, English. Live in Beijing.


Snodgrass Family, 2013. Citizenships: American, Chinese. Ancestries: German, Han Chinese, Irish. Languages: English, Mandarin. Live in Beijing.