Episode 42: Speaking Out Against Injustice, with Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice

When I first read Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up, I was captivated almost immediately by a story the author, Kathy Khang, told about a situation in which a friend physically covered her mouth to keep her from asking a challenging question in a meeting. Kathy wrote, “I didn’t realize how powerful my voice could be until someone made sure I wouldn’t be heard.”

In this episode, Kathy Khang shares about her journey writing Raise Your Voice, and why it’s so important for us to not be afraid to speak out.







  • Kathy Khang is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up.
  • Kathy shares about her ten-year journey of writing this book.
  • The title, Raise Your Voice, initially felt too strong to Kathy.
  • This book is for anyone who has ever felt strongly about something, but in a moment of decision chose not to say anything about it.
  • Kathy reflects on a story she tells in her book about a time when a friend physically silenced her in a meeting by covering Kathy’s mouth with her hand.
  • Kathy named the elephant in the room, which was important for healing and restoration in that circumstance.
  • Markus reflects on his sense that he needs to be willing to speak up even when it’s uncomfortable.
  • For those in majority, it is easy to remain silent because silence serves to maintain the status quo.
  • Kathy still gets comments from people who hear her preach that this was the first time they’ve ever heard an Asian American woman preach.
  • Kathy encourages those who want to speak up that it’s ok to fail. It is an everyday occurrence.
  • Kathy grew up believing that God was easily displeased. In the last five years, Kathy’s relationship with God has been much more joyful.
  • One of the best things about Raise Your Voice is the way Kathy unpacks the story of Esther in the New Testament.




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