We Too Sing America Book Talk 2/20/16

Please join us for a community discussion with Deepa Iyer, the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 1pm-3pm at the City of Austin Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Dr., Austin, TX 78754.

Deepa currently serves as Senior Fellow at The Center for Social Inclusion, has held various positions in non-profit, academic and government agencies. She was the executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, an Activist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies program , and a Trial Attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

In her new book - recently listed on the American Library Association’s top 10 books in multicultural non-fiction - Deepa draws on these experiences to shed light on the post 9/11 climate in the United States. We have "yet to fully confront the scope and effects of racial anxiety, Islamophobia and xenophobia,” she writes in her book, which weaves stories of young activists who work across intersections of race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, and faith to organize their communities and participate in resistance movements. Deepa’s book also places post 9/11 America in a larger context - that of America’s changing racial demographics. As communities of color grow in population size, how will they gain economic, political and cultural power and equity? What are the roles of South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrants in fostering multiracial unity by centralizing Black liberation?

The Library Journal calls the book “[a] welcome addition to the growing literature of race, ethnicity, and religion from the perspectives of immigrant groups within the United States. Both the general public and policymakers will benefit.” Congresswoman Judy Chu notes: “[w]ith years of experience in civil rights advocacy, Deepa Iyer’s book is an important contribution to the work of building a stronger and more inclusive democracy. Comedian and writer, Hari Kondabolu calls the book "personal, political, and powerful.” ore about Deepa Iyer’s book is at www.deepaiyer.com.

Book People will have books available for purchase at the event. This event is in collaboration with the City of Austin Asian American Resource Center, IACT (Indian American Coalition of Texsa), YWCA of Greater Austin, iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas), Grassroots Leadership, Equal Justice Center, Asian Behavioral Health Network, and Diaspora Vote, The event is FREE and open to the public.

Ms. Iyer is also available for interviews before or during her trip to Austin about the issues in her book. Attached is a flier about the event on February 20th.

Contact Sonia Kotecha for more info.