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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin

In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota's best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being's inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation's worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

With contributions by:

Taiyon J. Coleman, Heid E. Erdrich, Venessa Fuentes, Shannon Gibney, David Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, IBé, Andrea Jenkins, Robert Karimi, JaeRan Kim, Sherry Quan Lee, David Mura, Bao Phi, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Diane Wilson, and Kao Kalia Yang

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681340029
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 133,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sun Yung Shin is the author of a book of prose Unbearable Splendor, two books of poetry Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black, a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of children’s book Cooper’s Lesson. She has an MA in Teaching from University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. She has training in restorative justice, conflict resolution, racial justice talking circle facilitation, and various somatic healing modalities. Born in South Korea, she lives in Minneapolis where she teaches, lectures, facilitates workshops, and co-directs Poetry Asylum.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sun Yung Shin 3

Fear of a Black Mother Shannon Gibney 13

Disparate Impacts: Moving to Minnesota to Live Just Enough for the City Taiyon J. Coleman 25

A Surrealist History of One Asian American in Minnesota David Mura 43

With an "e" Venessa Fuentes 59

Trouble in Mind: To Be Black Is Blue in America IBé 69

Brutal Bao Phi 81

Say What? Carolyn Holbrook 99

Red, White, and Blank Heid E. Erdrich 109

The Good Kind of Immigrants JaeRan Kim 121

Fighting the Oppressive Whiteness Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria 137

Dark Trees in the Landscape of Love Kao Kalia Yang 145

The Price We Pay: How Race and Gender Identity Converge Andrea Jenkins 171

Songlines for Future Culturewalkers: (Betty) White (Crocker) Bank Take Little (House on the Prairie) Bank Robert Farid Karimi 171

Discomfort Zone: Minnesota Born and Raised Sherry Quart Lee 187

People Like Us David Lawrence Grant 195

Seeds for Seven Generations Diane Wilson 213

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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
darklake More than 1 year ago
Minnesota, it IS a good time for the truth about racism, and the authors of this anthology share their deepest thoughts, hardships, and feelings with honesty, clarity, and braveness. The book is magnificently rich in its variety of voices from David Lawrence Grant’s quiet historical unearthing of our systemic "Minnesota Nice" problems, Heid Erdrich’s poetic collage of anecdotes that paint the pain of her in-between space, Shannon Gibney's difficulties shopping at the hipster coop with her precious preschooler, Taiyon Coleman's duo of racist graduate school options, and Bao Phi’s remembrances of the school yard taunts and his immigrant parent's lack of "luck." This will be one of the most important books you read this year. Buy it, read it, share it, but most of all, think deeply about its difficult truths.