Readers may want to return to A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America, a storytelling archive from the 05-01-2020 Scout Report, as well as browse the digital exhibition that inspired it, A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, linked in the introductory paragraph on the site. Both projects explore "life all across Asian Pacific America," the former through videos and the latter through images.
"Being visible is a political act." This quote from Lenore Chinn, featured in A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America, speaks to the purpose of the exhibition: using a variety of mediums, including interviews, videos, poems, and essays, "to offer multiple entry points and a nuanced engagement with queer Asian American and Pacific Islander life." As of this write-up, two parts of the exhibition have been launched: Queer Check-Ins and Queer Elders, with more to come. The Queer Check-Ins series features 12 poets from around the world, each with their own short video piece responding to the question, "Are you okay?" The series is meant to provide "glimpses of queer life - okay, not okay, and in between." This collection was curated by Franny Choi. The Queer Elders series features community elders, including Lenore Chinn, who reflect on past experiences, as well as "what the future holds." The full exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, AARP, and Kundiman (a nonprofit focused on "nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature,"). Readers will want to check back for more content slotted for release (including Queer Motion, Queer Time, and Queer Youth). [EMB]