Diasporic Dialogues

Diasporic Dialogues is a speaker series that highlights the work of artists/makers working through a Southeast Asian diasporic lens. Speakers will share and reflect on their work in order to open broader conversations about the alliances, fissures, and discoveries that different creative practices can reveal when representing Southeast Asian diasporic experience.

Post-Colonial Hot-Ones

Post-Colonial Hot-Ones is a panel series that is centered around sharing meals, ideas, and experiences by community members about liberation, transformation and resilience within arts education. These discussions were focused around communal knowledge sharing, tools for resistance, intergenerational healing methods, mobilization plans for marginalized voices, and recipes for dishes/sauces. Our first installment of this series included participation from Ryan Rice, Camille Turner, Casey Mecija, Patricio Dávila, Immony Mén, and audience members.

Upcoming Events

Future through Memory Workshop

Future Through Memory is a virtual participatory workshop that explores themes of personal memory and East and Southeast Asian diasporic experience through methods of oral testimony, transmedia, and digital storytelling.

Registration is opening soon! All applications will be anonymized and peer juried. Six applicants will be chosen to participate.

All participants will receive an honorarium of $1080 at completion of workshop.*
*CAD. Additional details and information to follow in the application process

Applications are now closed. We'll be reviewing applications in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on your email for more information.

Past Events

Monday April 4 - 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET

Diasporic Dialogues with Abhi and Sam Elkana

Join Dias:stories for the latest installment of our Diasporic Dialogues series featuring the creators of Venba, a narrative cooking game where you play as an Indian immigrant mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s.

Abhi and Sam are game developers in Toronto who are interested in using video games as a medium to convey unique stories and interactions.

In Venba, players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more.

February 26, 2022 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Diasporic Dialogues with Jeanette Kong

Join Dias:stories at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 for the inaugural launch of our speaker series Diasporic Dialogues featuring producer and director, Jeanette Kong.

Kong’s critically acclaimed catalogue of short-form videos and documentaries highlights the everyday histories and intimacies of Caribbean Chinese diaspora and genealogy. Her most recent film, A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea (2022) recounts the story of her father’s migration from China to Jamaica and then to Toronto, Canada. Kong’s work importantly archives stories from the Chinese-Jamaican diaspora and we are so excited to provoke inquiry into what inspires her creative practice.