Bruce Reyes-Chow is well qualified to write a book about race for several reasons: he is a third generation Chinese/Filipino; he has pastored multicultural congregations in his native Northern California for more than twenty years and served as Moderator of a two-million member denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); he is a prolific blogger who connects with people of all ethnic backgrounds through social media. As the title suggests, Reyes-Chow uses statements people commonly make about race, such as “But I Don’t See You as Asian,” or “Do You Know Martial Arts,” or “He’s a Different Kind of Black” to serve as entry points for conversation on this important subject. He shares stories, and offers small steps, to help people tackle the complicated topic in life situations as well as in ministry settings. Although this book will be useful for individuals, it is essential for church boards and committees living and working with “others” in today’s multicultural communities and congregations.
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman