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How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad Reviews
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    June 17, 2016

    Negin Farsad is an extremely funny person. I think it's important to get that out there ahead of anything else, because that's really what makes this book so much fun to read. She's an Iranian-American comedian/writer/director with a quick wit and a great way of pulling at the little cultural threads that we often ignore.

    Farsad does a wonderful job of making fun of issues that could be really depressing in the wrong hands. She talks about being seen as an "outsider" in American culture, Islamophobia, and growing up in a post 9/11 America. Those are NOT easy topics to write about, let alone make jokes about. But Farsad does it, and she does it so well that you don't even realize just how hard it must be. She makes it seem effortless.

    What Farsad highlights so well is the North American culture and how very white it is, and what that says to people of colour like herself. Born and raised their entire life in the USA, she talks about what it's like to be viewed as an outsider by the very people you've grown up with your whole life and by the only country she's ever called home. She takes you through the highs and lows, the good and the bad, pointing out the little quirks in American culture you never noticed but won't be able to un-see once you do.

    Hilarious and insightful, Farsad will make you look at North American culture in a new light, and you'll have a great time doing it.

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