The purpose of this study is to examine the newly expanded heterogeneous identity through the mobility of a heterogeneous family consisting of an African American husband, a Korean American wife, and their mixed raced child and the heterotopic spatial background of brownstone home in Diana Son’s Satellites.
The movement of this heterogeneous family to the African American community in Brooklyn has the clear purpose of allowing their mixed raced child to experience African American racial identity. However, the result of the move suggests more complicated racial conflicts among the racial minorities such as racism of an African American with a white male perspective against other African Americans, racism of an Asian against African Americans, and racism of an Asian American against a white American. The mobility of this family reflects the dynamics of searching for the newly expanded hybrid identity of minority.
Heterogeneous and hybrid identities of minorities being considered either uncertainty or multiplicity can be related to Foucault’s heterotopia, which is capable of juxtaposing several sites that would be incompatible in a single real place. Hybrid identity of heterogeneous minorities can be the potential space for connecting multiple races and different cultures by transcending the existing monolithic racial essentialism. In conclusion, the heterogeneous identities of minorities should be newly defined as the expanded human identity for the heterogeneous multi-cultural society.