Kamal Al-Solaylee
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)
September 22, 2019 Comments.. 358
Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) Kamal Al-Solaylee Finalist for the Governor General s Literary Award for Non fiction and the Trillium Book AwardA Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, CBC Books, Chatelaine, Hill Times, 49th Shelf and Writers Trust Best Book of the YearWith the urgency and passion of Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me , the seductive storytelling of J.D Vance Hillbilly Elegy andFinalist for the Governor General s Literary Award for Non fiction and the Trillium Book AwardA Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, CBC Books, Chatelaine, Hill Times, 49th Shelf and Writers Trust Best Book of the YearWith the urgency and passion of Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me , the seductive storytelling of J.D Vance Hillbilly Elegy and the historical rigour of Carol Anderson White Rage , Kamal Al Solaylee explores the in between space that brown people occupy in today s world on the cusp of whiteness and the edge of blackness Brown proposes a cohesive racial identity and politics for the millions of people from the Global South and provides a timely context for the frictions and anxieties around immigration and multiculturalism that have led to the rise of populist movements in Europe and the election of Donald Trump.At once personal and global, Brown is packed with storytelling and on the street reporting conducted over two years in ten countries on four continents that reveals a multitude of lives and stories from destinations as far apart as the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, the United States, Britain, Trinidad, France, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Canada It features striking research about the emergence of brown as the colour of cheap labor and the pursuit of a lighter skin tone as a global status symbol As he studies the significance of brown skin for people from North Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Central America, and South and East Asia, Al Solaylee also reflects on his own identity and experiences as a brown skinned person in his case from Yemen who grew up with images of whiteness as the only indicators of beauty and success.This is a daring and politically resonant work that challenges our assumptions about race, immigration and globalism and recounts the heartbreaking stories of the people caught in the middle.. Brown What Being Brown in the World Today Means to Everyone Finalist for the Governor General s Literary Award for Non fiction and the Trillium Book AwardA Globe and Mail National Post Toronto Life Walrus CBC Books Chatelaine Hill Times th Shelf and W
  • Title: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)
  • Author: Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • ISBN: 9781443441438
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Sameer Vasta says:

      What does it mean to have brown skin in the world It s a question I ve grappled with every single day of my life since I can remember I grew up undeniably aware of my skin color, extremely aware that, as a child, I was different not just because I was born in another country and my family moved to America with nothing, but because I looked different, too Many of my close friends growing up Elizabeth, Leah, Sean, Steven, Rachel looked nothing like me, and while they never said anything about it, [...]

    2. Krista says:

      In deciding who to write about and who to leave out, I created a simple formula Has the cultural, national, regional or religious community you come from reached a crisis point in the host country Is that country, be it in North America, the Caribbean, Asia or Europe, experiencing some kind of moral panic about your presence in their midst If you answered yes to both questions and you re not European white, African American, aboriginal or East Asian, then congratulations or is it commiseration , [...]

    3. Avneet Athwal says:

      I found this to be a fascinating read, not least because it is about a topic not often explored The book overall is very well done and accomplishes what it sets out to do What stood out to me in this area was that Al Solaylee used scholarship by brown authors along with the personal interviews he conducted, and so is able to provide many viewpoints and interpretations of the issues he discusses Because the point he is trying to make is so broad, I feel that this book serves as a wonderful introd [...]

    4. SusanJ says:

      I finally finished this book It was a real eye opener I think everyone should read this book

    5. Jade Walters says:

      The prose was nothing special it did its job The author s personality was likeable without imposing on the material of the book I can imagine this would be an interesting read after reading his memoir, Intolerable There were some issues with editing, as I spotted multiple grammatical errors and repeated words throughout the book Yet despite these things, this book still shines It shines in its subject matter In delving into the lives of subjected peoples, it gives the reader a glimpse into gruel [...]

    6. Alexis says:

      An excellent and thought provoking book about brown people all over the world Al Solaylee explores the world of Filipina domestic workers, Sri Lankan migrants, and anti Islamic movements in France and Britain This is a well researched and eye opening book However, it s a bit dense and there s just so much information in it that it can be little overwhelming at times.

    7. Linda says:

      The author s personal journey interviewing people of brown skin in ten countries He explores their social, political, economic, and personal implications of being a brown skinned person in these countries A thought provoking book.

    8. Joanna says:

      A noble undertaking and a likeable persona Writing is fluid and appealing, but sometimes in need of an editor for syntax, and that s NOT the correct way to spell predominantly Also, while the research is compelling, the argument is not fully coherent.

    9. Andrew says:

      Very strong beginning, becomes a bit travelogue ish.But I am now thinking about brown in a different and differentiated way So Al Solaylee does achieve something important here Opening a new front in the discussion about race and identity and how to make things better.

    10. Kathryn Bagg says:

      The book is well researched, and I appreciated the author s obvious attempts to avoid bias Although the title is Brown, many of the situations are transferable to the First Nations people here in Canada As a white immigrant my experience has been very different to that of a visible minority It also made be realize, even as a liberal thinking Canadian who believes in the idea of multiculturalism, I remain somewhat partisan there are aspects of some cultures I would prefer not to see practiced in [...]

    11. Sasha Gronsdahl says:

      Kamal Al Solaylee is a gifted writer He s taken on a big topic in this book the meaning of brown skin, which has so many different contexts and connotations around the world but he skillfully ties many moving stories together into a coherent and thoughtful book One aspect of the book that did not sit as well with me was the author s own place in the narrative It felt like Al Solaylee couldn t decide how much of himself to bring into the book He is certainly there, remarking on his experiences as [...]

    12. Kim Trusty says:

      A sensitive and concise look at the realities of Brown life in several places around the world Al Solaylee is an incredibly engaging story teller Definitely worth a read.

    13. Rabi says:

      Hard to put down read that makes one acutely aware of how global politics and attitudes are towards people that encompase being brown Touching stories that challenge the working migrant stereotype that bring the commonalities all people share to light While it does not touch upon many issues into as much detail as one would like, one cannot fault the book for not doing so Deeper details in the form of a book would be encyclopedic in size

    14. Danneka Sandors says:

      I think this should be required reading for every high school student in North America This is an eye opening account of the lives of millions of Brown people living in countries all around the globe Stories of modern day slavery stories of discrimination stories of survival and stories of hope This is an important book that will stay with me for a very long time I highly recommend it to everyone.

    15. Barbara McVeigh says:

      Rather enjoyed this book, especially since I wanted to be challenged to read something new Recent events highlight that we have become complacent.As a side bar, the chapter on Trinidad helped one of students with researching the social cultural aspects of chutney music Who would ve thought

    16. Rebecca says:

      This book should make you angry How can so many of our modern societies devalue and demonize people for their skin colour heritage Grrr So much work still to be done, in Canada and abroad.

    17. R K says:

      Very educational Eye opening A must read for everyone I only wish he focused a little on the South Asian community.

    18. Bookworm says:

      Okay but could have been shorter I had read Kamal Al Solaylee s autobiography a few years ago and wasn t impressed But I was intrigued by the premise of this book and how brown people fit in society They re not white but they re not black either Al Solaylee takes a look at how brown people live, work, survive, etc in society He takes a mostly country by country look, giving the reader a bit of history mixed with societal political context with some research and anecdotes from various people How [...]

    19. Gavin Stephenson-Jackman says:

      A very interesting investigation into the perception of colour around the world and within communities of colour To think that colour differentiation exists within people of similar ethnic communities is hard to conceive for me since it s something I ve never experienced and am unlikely to ever experience, yet from my observation of my students over the years I can understand That so many times and places treat the other as slave labour is frightening, and the worst part is that it s still happe [...]

    20. Shay says:

      After briefly discussing the concepts race and colourism and their history in the first two chapters, Al Solaylee begins the series of case studies that examine the idea of brownness from various angles, creating breadth than depth Al Solaylee is exposing the surface of many complicated issues and situations, succeeding in providing a sense of the scope, but not a deep understanding Nevertheless, he provides an entry point to a variety of situations that shine a light on our thinking about race [...]

    21. Farhana Faruq says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book It s about being brown in the world today How even the shade of brown makes a difference It s well written, interesting and covers different countries Trinidad, Qatar, France, Canada to name a few Enlightening and sad at the same time.

    22. Sonia says:

      I m on page 60 and am finding this book fasinating However I have a comment to make I have yet to come across a so called white person that is actually the colour white More like shades of pink, peach, cream, etc Same goes for black like shades of brown I know Kamal Al Solaylee is describing colourism as it exists in the world today, but it just irks me that the word white has being misused, but then describing yourself as pink or peach wouldn t hold the same connotations with purity as white d [...]

    23. Nicole Roch says:

      Essential reading, especially for white settlers This book is very accessible

    24. Annabelle says:

      Honestly so insightful to hear the background context of issues I have and continue to come across in my daily life Did the Filipino chapter make my cry in public The answer is an unashamed yes.

    25. Purple says:

      Very simple and heck relatable

    26. Cindy says:

      Definitely a book that has opened my eyes and educated me on issues I never really thought deeply about A must read for everyone.

    27. Sarah says:

      A powerful and informative book about race and racism I hope this book is read widely because the subject matter is something that Canadians can t simply shrug away, especially with the political climate the way it is.

    28. Hina Zephyr says:

      Brown tackles some difficult questions as it goes back in history to explain how being a certain skin tone has influenced popular opinion against a collective diaspora of people for centuries The legacy of colonialism left among its wake racial and colour discrimination which follows people around to this day In Western societies brown people are either nameless, subjected to doing the work that the locals don t want, or they are at the other end of the spectrum, educated professionals with whom [...]

    29. Sublime Reads says:

      Review to come soon

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