Celebrating Stories of Home During API Heritage Month
In these times of disruption and dislocation, storytelling can offer people a way to connect, reflect, and celebrate their memories and cultures. Stories of Home engages immigrants and refugees in exploring their unique narratives of “home” and building bridges of solidarity across communities. Please join us for a special screening of “material memories” stories of treasured objects and heirlooms and the histories they carry, to honor Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, including work from our 2020 virtual reality project (to be shown in 2D). This work has been spearheaded by StoryCenter’s Artist-in-Residence Parul Wadhwa, who will moderate a panel of the storytellers discussing why narrative and art are vital to community building and wellness.
Anju Subba, The Red Ribbon. Anju and her family came to the U.S. in 2010, as part of the resettlement of Nepalis who escaped ethnic cleansing in Bhutan. She lived and worked in the Bay Area as an aesthetician and a leader serving the Bhutanese refugee community, before moving to Pennsylvania in early 2021.
Edward Gunawan, The Cracked Vase. Indonesian-born Chinese queer immigrant Edward Gunawan is a writer and filmmaker who tells interdisciplinary stories interrogating kinship, belonging, and intersectional identities. He now resides with his husband on unceded Ohlone land in Oakland.
Goli Hashemi, My Grandmother’s Teaspoons. Goli was born in Iran and left the country with her family in 1987, during the Iran-Iraq war. After getting married, she moved to the U.S. and now lives and works in the East Bay as an occupational therapist and director of the Community Wellness Program at ARTogether.
Nahid Fattahi, The Poet. Nahid is an Afghan American writer, activist, and mental health practitioner who uses storytelling and poetry to create new narratives of refugees and others whose voices are often silenced. She works in the San Francisco Bay Area as an adjunct professor of psychology and as a psychotherapist.
Ngawang Lama, The Prayerbook. Ngawang was born in Nepal to Tibetan parents who left their country due to the Chinese occupation. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2017 with her husband and their two children, she found work as a nursing assistant in Berkeley, California, where she is currently attending classes to become a registered nurse.
Yeri Shon, The Passport. Yeri was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with her family in the 1990s. While she currently lives and works in the East Bay at a non-profit focused on serving and advocating for Korean and other immigrant communities, she always misses her motherland.
StoryCenter extends thanks to our community partners at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants’ Wellness in Action program and the East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum. This project has been supported in part by an anonymous family foundation located in the San Francisco Bay Area; the East Bay Fund for Artists; and the California Arts Council, a state agency.