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Storytelling Spaces of Solidarity in the Asian Diaspora (SSSAD)

Research, Activism

This initiative engages Asian diasporic designers and leaders in learning, building, and practicing intra- and inter-community solidarity. Part public memory work, part educational resource, and part working toolkit, this project looks at the Asian diaspora through the lens of transcultural space, creating connections (not equivalencies) between Asian diaspora histories and the histories of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. Stories centering Asian voices engaged in transracial activism are collected through oral history interviews and convenings. The gathering of stories is rooted in the belief that shared knowledge is a form of mutual aid. While it is important to amplify Asian voices, which are historically erased from our national consciousness, this project foregrounds Asian experience as inherently bound to other BIPOC communities. The freedoms that some of us have been afforded are predicated on the oppression of others. This unsettling reality structures Asian solidarity as a process of undoing and uplifting.

Supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts