This project seeks to build a digital archive to provide access to life histories of queer, trans, gnc, and intersex Asians in the U.S. The archive will consist of a series of oral history interviews that aim to understand how queer, trans, gnc, and intersex Asians in the U.S. understand themselves in relation to societal structures, as well as how they understand how others see them as they move within U.S. society. This work intends to serve as a way to document the lives and experiences of queer, trans, gnc, and intersex Asians in the U.S. that have been neglected and forgotten in dominant narratives, and to ensure that their legacies and histories are available for future queer, trans, gnc, and intersex Asians.

The project organizer is Digital Publics Fellow Diane Yoong, Department of Critical Social/Personality Psychology. 

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The archival aspect of the project is planned to begin in Fall of 2018; as participants are interviewed, they are also asked to bring objects of personal significance, which are photographed to be included in the archive. In the process of creating the digital space, the project plans to involve youth participants in digital archiving, writing in response to the oral histories and/or the archived materials, and having intergenerational dialogues. 

What we do

+   Perform oral history interviews with activists
+   Connect with participants who are Asian and queer, trans, gnc, or intersex to talk to them about their experiences of navigating U.S. society
+   Create opportunities for intergenerational exchange through archival research and oral history