Order your signed copy of Bruce Reyes-Chow's latest book, But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race.
In "But I don’t see you as Asian," Bruce Reyes-Chow curates a collection of cringe-inducing statements about race such as, “If they can say it, why can't I?" ” "Do you know martial arts?" and “He’s a different kind of Black,” hoping to turn awkward moments into a dialogue between friends.
Sitting in the sweet spot between lectures in academia and activism on the streets, Bruce invites the reader into a salon type of atmosphere where he directly addresses thoughtless words and diversionary tactics, such as dismissing racial discussions as being impolite or avoiding race conversations altogether. He invites the reader to chuckle, gasp, and perhaps nod in understanding as he lists the kinds of statements often used against persons of color in a predominantly white culture. But rather than stopping there, Bruce asks readers to swap shoes with him and reconsider their assumptions about race.
Useful for individual reading, or as a tool for opening group and community discussions, "But I don't see you as Asian" puts one person’s joys and struggles on the table for dissection and discovery.
Early praise for "But I don't see you as Asian"
"Bruce pushes back without pushing over." -- Chuck Goodman, Pastor, Springfield, IL
"…a thoughtful conversation partner whether your community is just beginning an exploration about race, or is in need of new ways for fruitful paths forward for church and society. But I Don’t See You as Asian delivers." -- Rev. Linda Stewart-Kalen, pastor and participant in Portland’s Presbyterian Urban Network.
"… a no nonsense, no-need-to-decipher work on race and ethnicity with a message of … rendered up in digestible portions allowing for a 21st century nuanced read on race." -- Kimberly Erwin, MS Intercultural Communication, University of Pennsylvania
"As a white, Appalachian male, Bruce angers me, challenges me, informs me, comforts me. This is a must read for those of us -- white, brown, black, whatever -- who strive every day to bring a truly equitable society to reality." -- John Bolt, Presbyterian Ruling Elder and Director of University Relations/News, West Virginia University
"Bruce compels all of us who fancy ourselves activists and rabble rousers to think carefully and engage courageously our intentions, interactions, and personal and institutional behaviors regarding questions of diversity and race." -- Elizabeth Shannon, Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Associate Chaplain, Eckerd College, FL and Co-Moderator, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
"Reyes-Chow goes where few people can on the matter of race. He points out land mines, expresses the tension of living in the midst of them, and yet is able to teach us all how to dance, to move more freely with one another. He writes as a humble teacher, neither Black or White, but human and in color." -- David Park, nextgenerasianchurch.com
"…a succinct, graceful challenge to specific games we play to distance ourselves from doing our own work… unveiling another wire in the birdcage of racism usually invisible to the dominant culture." -- Tim Nafziger, Assistant Director, Christian Peacemaker Teams
"… continuing the conversation and providing a space to ask, does race matter? And confirming for me… yes it does, and here is why." -- Camille Turner-Townsend, Radio Host, iconoklastradio.com and Doctorate Student, New York Theological Seminary
"We have spent far too long ignoring our privilege and acting as if racism will work itself out. Bruce’s approach allows individuals and communities to tackle deep prejudice and ignorance in a way that will make change in our families, neighborhoods, and churches." -- Abby King-Kaiser, Assistant Director for Ecumenical and Multi-faith Ministry, Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University
"… a tour de force answer to the face of the most common myths and misconceptions regarding race relations in the U.S. … the message presented here is clear: Dialogue please!" -- Jarret Chin, Platform Asst, Unity Church, Castro Valley
"In contrast to responding to racial difference with color-blindness, Bruce suggests there is a response that is more authentic and has greater integrity, to recognize racial differences as expressions of the diversity and giftedness" -- Christina Auch, Seminary Student
"…a much needed entry point for individuals and groups beginning to think about intersectionality…a balance of theory and experience, critical analysis and grace. For those of us willing to have a conversation about race and racism, Bruce comes alongside and offers his vantage point as a lens without trying to speak for others." -- Katie Mulligan, A Ministry of Many
"… engages readers in a conversational tone to not just think about race but also to talk about it. I would recommend anyone remotely or actively thinking about race to read this book and continue the conversation!" -- Rachel Helgeson, Lilly Pastoral Resident, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
"Using both personal anecdotes and astute cultural references, Bruce gives us an entry point into needed conversations while exposing the fears and anxieties that often make these dialogues difficult and awkward. At times silly, other times insightful, this resource is the primer for thoughtful engagement on a subject many prefer to ignore." -- Derrick Weston, Director, Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College, OH
Bruce Reyes-Chow, a San Francisco based blogger, pastor and parent, received his B.A. from San Francisco State University (1990) with a combined degree in Asian American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology and for the past two decades has written and spoken extensively on the topic of race.
This book was originally Kickstarted [http://kck.st/S3RVpo] as "'No, where are you FROM?' A Book on Race" and will be released June of 2013.
You will not be charged until the book is ready to be shipped.