Tell Me Who You Are
An eye-opening exploration of race in America In this deeply inspiring book, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day--and often in unexpected ways.In Tell Me Who You Are, Guo and Vulchi reveal the lines that separate us based on race or other perceived differences and how telling our stories--and listening deeply to the stories of others--are the first and most crucial steps we can take towards negating racial inequity in our culture. Featuring interviews with over 150 Americans accompanied by their photographs, this intimate toolkit also offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change.This groundbreaking book will inspire readers to join Guo and Vulchi in imagining an America in which we can fully understand and appreciate who we are.

Tell Me Who You Are Details

TitleTell Me Who You Are
Author
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherTarcherperigee
ISBN-139780525541127
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Race, Writing, Essays, Politics, Adult

Tell Me Who You Are Review

  • Roxane
    January 1, 1970
    In Tell Me Who You Are, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo do exactly that--tell us who they are, how they have come to thinking so carefully, so deeply about race, and how they want to create change. From Alaska to Florida they visit all fifty of these United States to talk to people about their experiences of race and the intersections of identity in America. This book is at once hopeful, raw, and brimming with curiosity, engagement and youthful energy. Through the conversations these women have with In Tell Me Who You Are, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo do exactly that--tell us who they are, how they have come to thinking so carefully, so deeply about race, and how they want to create change. From Alaska to Florida they visit all fifty of these United States to talk to people about their experiences of race and the intersections of identity in America. This book is at once hopeful, raw, and brimming with curiosity, engagement and youthful energy. Through the conversations these women have with people from all walks of life, we see that the key to any kind of progress begins with letting people tell us who they are. If you want to have richer, more fruitful discussions about race, gender, all the things that comprise our identities, this book will give you a necessary vocabulary. All you have to do is turn the page.
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  • Kdorman
    January 1, 1970
    Tell Me Who You Are is an exploration of who we can be if we close the heart mind gap and listen, learn, and love with our hearts, minds.and histories. After hearing that we form our thoughts about race by age 3, Guo and Vulchi started their journey into race, culture and identity in America and how we can improve our racial literacy. Through these stories across the nation they show how much more we can be if we make the effort to acknowledge and understand not only what every being brings to t Tell Me Who You Are is an exploration of who we can be if we close the heart mind gap and listen, learn, and love with our hearts, minds.and histories. After hearing that we form our thoughts about race by age 3, Guo and Vulchi started their journey into race, culture and identity in America and how we can improve our racial literacy. Through these stories across the nation they show how much more we can be if we make the effort to acknowledge and understand not only what every being brings to this planet but also, the systems and histories that created our current existence. Thoughtful and compassionate, Vulchi and Guo blaze a path that others will be happy to follow.
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  • Austin Martin
    January 1, 1970
    These individuals set out to do exactly what they planned on: gathering stories from others from all walks of life and different parts of the country. Throughout reading, I felt amazed at the hardships and obstacles these individuals faced and was amazed at how certain events in their lives shaped their worldview and how they worked to change the perception of the groups they identify with. Reading this has motivated me to share my own story and share my experiences with others whom I can relate These individuals set out to do exactly what they planned on: gathering stories from others from all walks of life and different parts of the country. Throughout reading, I felt amazed at the hardships and obstacles these individuals faced and was amazed at how certain events in their lives shaped their worldview and how they worked to change the perception of the groups they identify with. Reading this has motivated me to share my own story and share my experiences with others whom I can relate to.
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  • J.J.
    January 1, 1970
    Important resource for learning to listen and engage with stories of race, class and gender from a younger perspective. Also good because there are lots of definitions as well as the authors motivation for the project and the emotional toll involved in this kind of work. Good starting point for those willing to identify biases and truly engage.
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  • Miko Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book that captures diverse stories from all different kinds of Americans. By the teen duo who created a textbook to illustrate racial literacy through stories. Easy to read. With lovely photo portraits of each person. Can imagine how this could be used in any classroom.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Important read. Two young women take a gap year to travel across America interviewing people about race. Fascinating stories by amazing people. We don't talk about race enough in America. This book could help and serves as an example on how to frame conversations and questions.
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  • Red
    January 1, 1970
    An enlightening exposure of our strengths, weaknesses and dreams as a society.
  • Esther Lee
    January 1, 1970
    A great (and beautiful!) book for people looking to learn more about race. It's especially beginner friendly, but even folks who've studied ethnic studies will find new things to learn. It's also beautifully laid out, with photos of the interviewees, and fun facts about them. My fave fun fact was the immigrant mom who was the first to beat Super Mario and taught her kids to play it too! The editors also include footnotes for people looking to learn more about specific statistics and historical m A great (and beautiful!) book for people looking to learn more about race. It's especially beginner friendly, but even folks who've studied ethnic studies will find new things to learn. It's also beautifully laid out, with photos of the interviewees, and fun facts about them. My fave fun fact was the immigrant mom who was the first to beat Super Mario and taught her kids to play it too! The editors also include footnotes for people looking to learn more about specific statistics and historical moments. Definitely recommended to educators looking for an introductory text.
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