Welcome to 2020! This is a blog that is dedicated to the information, discussion, and transformation of trauma and intergenerational trauma in the API communities.
In mid 2018, I collaborated with my dear friend and colleague, Kayla Chan, on a presentation surrounding the topic of historical trauma among API communities for work in the context of social services. My specialty was counseling for survivors of trauma, and hers gender studies. At the time, the presentation weighed heavily on the immigration history of various Asian ethnic groups, mostly east Asians. It was very well received, but neither of us thought much about it afterwards. However, the fire of passion for this topic was lit.
In January 2019 we decided to take the topic out to the community, and refocused on the discussion of the transmission of trauma across generations. Since both of us identified as of Chinese decent, we decided to concentrate on the experiences of Chinese immigrants but stayed open to those of other Asian communities. We also shifted away from social services perspective and, instead, explore the innate healing power in the Chinese arts and traditions. We envisioned a collective healing space where anyone can be a hub for healing.
The effort quickly paid off. In March 2019 we hosted our first community event, titled “Intergenerational Trauma: A Dialogue,” at Chinatown Soup, a non-for-profit organization advancing art, justice, historic preservation, and civic engagement in downtown New York. The workshop was done again in August 2019, although my co-founder Kayla had moved away and paused her input.
Through my workshop, I was inspired by the great work of many Asian and Asian American artists, and started figuring out how to collaborate to maximize the impact. The first collaborated endeavor will be an interview-discussion with Korean American artist Jaime Sunwoo on January 30th, 2010 at Chinatown Soup. You can check out the event details here.
This blog really started with my hope to keep informed everyone who’s interested in collective healing in the Chinese and the greater Asian communities. Therefore, the “event” section will be the first emphasis, and the “resource” section will follow with my recommendations for further readings to complement the workshops. The “blog” section will catch up as I write more topics under the umbrella of trauma among Asian communities. It will not be the most fast updated blog, so your email box will not be bombarded if you choose to subscribe, but you will find knowledge and inspiration here when needed.
The wound is the place where the light enters you.— Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī