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Culture Exposure Book Club | Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


  • All registrants receive 10% off book purchase with code ‘EVENT’

A monthly diverse, inclusive, and anti-oppression bookclub, focusing on reading diverse stories and hosting healing discussions.


We know that it feels so difficult to navigate the world, right now, and we wanted to create a space to foster discussion about the turbulent times we’re in.

Culture Exposure Book Club is a diverse, inclusive, and anti-oppression bookclub, designed in association with The Office Hour Collective. Every month we will pick a book written by someone from a marginalized community. We will then share a discussion about representation, marginalized communities, and anti-oppression concepts. We will end the night with a Q&A where you can ask the questions that you might be afraid to ask, and a healing conversation about ways to move forward.

September’s Book: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, following two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime

In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it’s been since the unrest of the early 1990s. Protests and vigils are being staged all over the city. It’s in this dangerous tinderbox that two families must finally confront their pasts.

Grace Park lives a sheltered existence: living at home with her Korean-immigrant parents, working at the family pharmacy, and trying her best to understand why her sister Miriam hasn’t spoken to their mother in years. The chasm in her family is growing wider by the day and Grace is desperate for reconciliation, and frustrated by the feeling that her sister and parents are shielding her from the true cause of the falling out.

Shawn Matthews is dealing with a fractured family of his own. His sister, Ava, was murdered as a teenager back in 1991, and this new shooting is bringing up painful memories. Plus, his cousin Ray is just released from prison and needs to reconnect with their family after so many years away. While Shawn is trying his best to keep his demons at bay, he’s not sure Ray can do the same

.When another shocking crime hits LA, the Parks and the Matthewses collide in ways they never could have expected. After decades of loss, violence, and injustice, tensions come to a head and force a reckoning that could clear the air or lead to more violence.

About the Office Hour Collective:

We are a transgender-led, BIPOC-led, and all-POC anti-oppression education collective based in Chicago. We bring together our expertise in community organizations, advocacy, psychotherapy, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to our work.

We approach any work as a collective so that we look at an issue from multiple views through our diverse lenses of intersecting identities. We often invite our clients to explore race, class, gender, ability, and other social identities simultaneously so the clients get a wholesome experience of anti-oppression analysis.


September 30
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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