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In the press


What’s We Too Sing America about, and how are people responding to its stories and themes?

We Too Sing America was honored with a 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Watch the ceremony on CSPAN here.

Booklist, a magazine of the American Librarians Association, named We Too Sing America to its top 10 list of multicultural nonfiction books in February 2016. Take a look at the list which includes the powerful voices of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janice Nimura and Sandra Cisneros.


Deepa Iyer’s We Too Sing America is the most important book on this topic. It has all the detail and rigor of an in-depth academic analysis while speaking directly to every single American about the crisis of Islamophobia. Deepa is one of the most important civil rights leaders in the world today, and her work has been an inspiration to me and many others.”
Erik Love in Religion Dispatches (11/1/2017):

“In her powerful book We Too Sing America, Iyer links government programs like NSEERS to the overt Islamophobia of mosque protests and the massacre at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., creating a broader narrative about the experience of South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh immigrant communities in post-9/11 America… Iyer is an ideal chronicler of this experience… Her ability to travel comfortably between wonky policy circles and the front lines of activism shines through in her book.” — Eboo Patel in The Washington Post (11/22/2015)

“[A] riveting 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.” —Library Journal

 “While this book could simply be a catalogue of injustices, Iyer’s study reaches into the complexities of the many cultures that make up South Asia.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Testimonials from Community Members,
Educators, and Students

“Iyer’s personal journey organizing around racially charged events post-9/11 defines a new movement in America that is centered on the desire to reclaim our country. Her account of the policies, rhetoric, and actions that marginalize, demonize, and criminalize brown people because of their identities, their names, and their faiths provides a call to action for all of us.”
Rashida Tlaib, former Michigan state representative and the second Muslim woman to serve in a state legislature

“A smart and accessible take on South Asian / AMEMSA racial justice, from pre-9/11 through 2042. It pulls together so many threads from the last decade, and it’s a starting point for lots of conversations. Super-recommended. It’s short, jargon-free, and heavily footnoted — and my copy is now full of (digital) highlighting.”
Anirvan Chatterjee, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour

“At a time when Black and Brown communities from Murfreesboro to Ferguson are under attack, Deepa Iyer reminds us in this timely and moving book that building meaningful and lasting allegiances, shaped by young people, is the urgent task ahead of us.”
– Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights

In The News

May 2018: After 50 years of ‘Asian American,’ advocates say the term is ‘more essential than ever‘ (NBC News)
Feb 2018: #DesiWallofShame: Indian-Americans are countering community members pushing Trump’s divisive agenda (Scroll India)
Dec 2017: Gutting Net Neutrality is the Trump Administration’s Most Brutal Blow to Democracy Yet (The Nation)
Nov 2017: Islamophobia and Racism: Civil Rights at the Breaking Point (Religion Dispatches)
July 2017: At the library: Stories of innocent victims (Green Bay Press Gazette)
July 2017: Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia (School Libraries Journal)
June 2017: Living in a Climate of Fear: South Asian, Muslim, Arab, and Sikh groups
under siege in the US
 (American Libraries Magazine)
June 2017:  Being South Asian in Trump’s America The Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC)
Mar 2017: Trump’s condemnation of hate crimes doesn’t go nearly far enough (CNN)
Jan 2017: First Impressions #101: Deepa Iyer on Shaping a Multiracial Future in the U.S. (Marginalia)
Dec 2016: Civil Rights Activist Deepa Iyer Receives 2016 American Book Award (News India Times)
Nov 2016: We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial future (The International Examiner)
Oct 2016: Deepa Iyer discusses race, inclusion in post-9/11 America (The Tufts Daily)
June 2016: Talking About Race: Confronting The New Islamophobia (The Marc Steiner Show)
Jan 2016: Why South Asians Must Stand In Solidarity With Black Rights Movements (The Establishment)


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