La blessure du 1er juillet: entre deuil et guérison

Social Justice

À l’occasion du 1er juillet, je suis allée couvrir la manifestation #cancelcanadaday à Montréal où des milliers d’autochtones et d’allochtones ont défilé. Depuis que 1505 enfants ont été retrouvés sur les sites d’anciens pensionnats à travers le pays, les nations autochtones sont en deuil. Elles ont été sollicitées de partout pour témoigner – une tâche difficile qui requiert du lourd travail émotionnel et qui rouvre des traumatismes.

Devant un feu sacré, Ocean Lewis, une jeune femme Ojibwe, a donné le dernier témoignage de la journée. Son discours où elle a abordé la violence et la guérison a eu un effet choc sur l’auditoire. Après l’événement, j’ai discuté avec l’étudiante de McGill qui souhaitait raconter l’histoire de son expulsion et du renouement avec sa communauté autochtone. #everychildmatters

Cet article a été publié dans La Converse, un nouveau média d’actualités numériques qui un journalisme de dialogue pour servir les communautés marginalisées. Si vous avez d’autres histoires que vous voulez que je couvre, vous pouvez m’écrire. Et si vous voulez plus de nouvelles de ce genre, abonnez-vous à l’info-lettre de La Converse ici.

As a Chinese Canadian, I’m joining hands with Indigenous communities to speak up about this nation’s history of violent oppression

Social Justice

I wrote about why I will not be celebrating Canada Day tomorrow. As a Chinese-Canadian who has seen my community suffer throughout history in Canada and who stands in solidarity with other racialized Canadians, Canada Day is a day of mourning for me. I hope my fellow Chinese-Canadians will join me in solidarity with other racialized Canadians, so that together we can build a more just future.

This article is published in Toronto Star in the #InTheirOwnVoices column, a column that highlights marginalized perspectives in the media.

How Tam Found Empowerment in the Closet

Asian Communities, Social Justice

Many queer people find incredible strength and power in the act of coming out fully as themselves. While being able to show up as our full queer selves in our lives is a very beautiful thing, it can also be a lot of pressure to craft the perfect official coming out. This is especially true for aromantic and/or asexual folks, who still lack a societial template to navigate their sexuality, and for queer Asians, for whom coming out has communal repercussions. So what are you to do when you are a Vietnamese asexual and aromantic woman who grew up in white, cishet, francophone-dominated Montreal in the 1980s and 1990s?

For Asian heritage month, I sat down with Tam (not her real name) to candidly chat about her journey navigating her asexuality and aromanticism. Over many laughs, we discussed her confusing process into finding her sexuality, her dating adventures and how she came to find empowerment in the closet.

This article is published in Autostraddle, a digital publication and real life community for multiple generations of LGBTQIA+ humans (and their friends). 

Do Queer Asians Even Exist?

Asian Communities, Social Justice

This 3-part series of articles explores the different facets of queer Asian invisibility in Montreal and the specifics of that particular intersectionality. Throughout the series I follow the lives of six queer Asians in Montreal – Linh, JP, Shawn, Fang, S. and A.L. – as they navigate life at the intersection of their identities and their environment. This first part will put the focus on the experiences of queer Asian individuals and their families. The second part will put the focus on their lived realities as they navigate daily life in their broader community. And the last part will put the focus on their thoughts, reflections, hopes and dreams within the society they exist in.

The first part of this series is published in the second volume of Sticky Rice Magazine – (BE)LONGING: The Queer Edition, which I had the pleasure to edit alongside three bright individuals – Philip Mak, Kevin Ah-Sen, Serene Mitchell.

This series is published in Sticky Rice Magazine, a Montreal-based Asian Canadian publication that aims to promote interculturalism by focusing on issues relevant to the Asian Canadian diaspora

UBI: A New Form of Artistic Patronage?

Social Justice

Artistic labour has always been traditionally devalued and exploited, and now this reality is more stark than ever. On September 19, 2020, as part of the International Basic Income Week, I attended an informational gathering organized by Revenu de Base Québec at Espace Lafontaine to spread the word on UBI. The main purpose of the gathering was to disseminate information about the concept, which is still not widely understood in Montreal. I spoke to multiple activists, researchers and community organizers that were present to shed light on this policy and explore its potential to transform the artistic workplace.

This article was featured in Culture Pledge, a new media project that aims to reduce barriers of access into the arts & culture industries.

Culture Pledge: Sharing the Arts Crowdfunding Story

Social Justice

The art world has traditionally been elitist and inaccessible to many artists as well as many art enthusiasts from marginalized backgrounds. This inaccessiblity has recently sparked discussions in the mainstream about representation and diversity in the arts, and many are trying to figure out the best way forward. As a regular contributor to Culture Pledge, I write pieces on how crowdfunding can be a powerful tool used to accomplish these goals. I have written on topics as diverse as the effect of the 2020 Beirut explosion on the local arts community, online art platforms, and Black artists working with AI to dismantle systemic racism.

Read all my Culture Pledge work here.