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by Abigail Van Buren

Son at Arm's Length Won't Join His Family's Embrace

DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Puzzled in Florida" who couldn't decide how to list her daughter's race, since she is half-white and half-Chinese.

I am a white American; my wife is a black Jamaican. When I filled out the census form, I, too, was puzzled. Our sons are neither white nor black -- certainly not Oriental -- and much more is implied by "other."

Our oldest son resolved the problem by saying, "Dad, we are 'biracial.'"

A group of similar kids and teachers in his high school formed a "biracial" social club and coined the term. It is an obvious and correct answer. Sign me as ... BILL K., STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.