Archive | February, 2010

Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

11 Feb

We are very excited that Amie Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan is coming out next month!  Amie is one of the essayists for our future book Connect the Dots:  A Series of Essays that Address the Commonality of Oppression.  We were very excited when she agreed to write an essay because she is a talented writer and an accomplished scholar.  Not only is she a new published author, but she is working towards a doctorate as well.  Her PhD research focuses on the intersections between black feminisms, critical race theory, and food politics.  She is asking and answering very interesting questions regarding geography, race, privilege, food choices and more.  She is connecting dots whose ties are not only missed by mainstream society, but by most vegetarian and vegan spheres as well.

I (Stacia) have learned a great deal from my interactions with Amie. One day about a year ago, I was reading a blog discussion by her that was questioning why vegans eschew animal products; yet many don’t think twice about drinking chocolate soymilk.  This is important because much of the chocolate produced is obtained from using slave labor.  Not only slave labor, as if that wasn’t awful enough, but child slave labor!  I sat there aghast!  I always make sure that my baking coco and chocolate chips are fair trade, how could I have not thought about the soymilk!!!!  I had failed to connect the dots!  This is why we all need to be open to learning, reading, and listening to those who have different life experiences and different knowledge bases from our own.  These practices help people to push the boundaries of their own compassion and bring them closer to realizing their own best selves.  She also taught me that the route to veganism for some is different from any I could have imagined—decolonizing one’s body.  I look forward to learning more about this in Sistah Vegan.  Please see below for more information!

The much anticipated volume by A. Breeze Harper, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society is being released by Lantern Books on March 1, 2010. (ISBN: 978-1-59056-145-4; pp. 232. Retail: $22.00; http://www.lanternbooks.com)

Sistah Vegan explores food politics, identity, sexuality, health, womanism, feminism, decolonization, anti-racism, eco-sustainability, and animal rights through the lens of the black female vegan experience in the USA. It is the first volume of its kind to address the racialized-gendered vegan experience in the USA.

  • How do race, class, and gender affect the experiences of black female vegans?
  • How does veganism re-define philosophies of womanism?
  • How do black women vegans navigate through family and friends’ perceptions of veganism as a “white thing” and in opposition to traditional black Soul Food identity?
  • How do some black female vegans resist legacies of slavery (i.e. health disparities) by liberating the “colonized” palate?
  • What does it mean to be a full figured black vegan women in a mainstream vegan culture that visually defines “healthy vegans” as “thin” and “white”?

For more information about the author, hosting book release parties in the East Bay California area, or having the author speak at your venue, contact sistahvegan98@mac.com or call 510-564-7870. Visit www.breezeharper.com and www.sistahveganproject.com

Your can place large orders of Sistah Vegan at a discounted price directly from Lantern Book’s warehouse: Books International. Call  (703) 661-1500.