We Too Sing America was honored with a 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Watch the ceremony on CSPAN here.
What’s We Too Sing America about and how are people responding to the stories and themes in it?
*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.
*Eboo Patel reviews the book in The Washington Post The Washington Post (Nov 22, 2015) in Immigrants Under Watchful Eyes: “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.”
*Library Journal: “[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.”
*Publisher’s Weekly: “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.”
Testimonials from Community Members, Educators, Students
“Deepa Iyer ‘s book, We Too Sing America is the best book for better, comprehensive, and more nuanced understandings underscored by important solid qualitative and quantitative data, on South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh immigrants and how these great American populations must be included in our thoughts, policies, actions, and empathies if we are to achieve American aspirations such as equality, equity, freedom, and truly value the greatness of these individuals and cultures to our own professional, community, and personal lives.” – Jennifer Stollman, Academic Director, William Winter Institute
“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 Chatterji, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour
“Deepa Iyer brings the head of a lawyer and the heart of a community activist to bear on her remarkable book, We Too Sing America. It is a window into the struggles of the margins that allow the mainstream to remain humane.” – Vijay Prashad, author of Uncle Swami: Being South Asian in America
“We Too Sing America is a necessary, important, and passionate work that records the hymns, blues, and joyous songs of a post 9/11 America…But Iyer’s book aims higher: it reflects hope for America’s pluralistic future where these ‘others’ ultimately emerge as the protagonists of not only their own narratives but of a new, vibrant America as well.” – Wajahat Ali, Author of The Domestic Chronicles
In The News
January 2017 First Impressions #101: Deepa Iyer on Shaping a Multiracial Future in the U.S. Marginalia
December 2016 Civil Rights Activist Deepa Iyer Receives 2016 American Book Award News India Times
November 2016 We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants shape our multiracial future The International Examiner
October 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
January 2016 We Too Sing America’ Author on Post-9/11 America, Solidarity, and Immigration NBC News
January 2016 Why South Asians Must Stand In Solidarity With Black Rights Movements The Establishment