"The Southern Fried Asian," Violence Prevention Strategist & Author
Susie Reynolds Reece, comedically known as the Southern Fried Asian (because she is southern raised with a crispy Korean coating), is a published author, national public speaker, and violence prevention strategist and consultant. Acclaimed for her expertise in suicide awareness, she is sought after for her knowledge of suicide prevention and postvention, depression, bullying and other issues facing families and youth of today. She is skillfully adept at blending the realms of science and research with experiences and storytelling in order to engage and compel any person to be equipped to confidently stand up for social issues. Read More >
It was easy to be seen as an outsider for Reece growing up in the South. Having just lost her father to a tragic suicide, Reece found herself surrounded by strangers as she was shipped to Arkansas to be adopted by family. Her face couldn’t hide the story that brought her there, the story that was often used against her, the story that kept her silent and alone all through her formative years. Eventually Reece learned the power that comes from using her story to tear down barriers and open hearts that have been all but closed. Reece’s story is one of hardship, empowerment, and refusal to be discounted. Read More >
Through her stark differences, Reece learned to see the beauty that came of not fitting in. Her hardships helped her to build a deep well of resilience. Through her story, Reece was able to connect with those who have felt misunderstood or alone. Reece’s story is one of using what others discount about you to flourish and rise. Read Less ^
Suicide is terrifying, confusing, and taboo. It is often not discussed because it is viewed as an untouchable topic. Yet despite the limited discourse it still touches so many of our lives. Through frank conversation, experience, and even levity, Reece shines a light on this dark topic in a unique way in order to change how it is seen and understood. Reece dives headfirst into this social issue to illustrate how changing our perspective can give us the strength to solve even the most complex issue. Reece makes suicide prevention tangible and tackle-able by offering practical and easy ways to impact the world around us. Reece says, the question should no longer be, “to be, or not to be,” but how to be? Reece shows us how being human is easier than we ever could’ve imagined.
Public speaking ranks as one of the most common fears. Now couple the fear of speaking to strangers with sharing a deeply personal and possibly traumatic story. Reece shares how she stumbled through the frightening world of standing nakedly vulnerable in front of strangers in order to help aspiring speakers take better care of themselves and their audiences. Reece explains how disclosing deep traumas openly can unintentionally cause harm when not done intentionally. Reece divulges the hard lessons she learned from the stage, and offers practical skills and tips on how speakers can increase their wellbeing, the impact of their stories, and better inspire their audiences to take action.
Cyberbullying, active shooters, and a global pandemic, how can we say today’s youth aren’t resilient compared to others throughout time? Reece connects with youth in a refreshingly real and honest way by first acknowledging their immense strengths and abilities. She listens to the problems they are faced with and encourages youth to be solution focused. Today’s youth are encountering hardships like never before, and Reece pulls their own expertise from them in order to create realistic and relatable ways to build their resilience and that of those around them. If children are our future, they must be given the courage and direction to solve today's ever-challenging problems.
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