Who we are

Dias:stories is a community research group committed to the creation and sharing of stories about Southeast Asian diasporic experience.

Diaspora is a word loaded with meanings that are often contradictory and unfolding. In some instances, diaspora refers to a group of people settled away from their home of origin, while in other ways, diaspora can also capture being stuck within nation states due to conditions like undocumentation or asylum migrations.

Diaspora can both articulate and disarticulate movement. Through the utilization of emerging technologies and well-established digital forms, Dias:stories hopes to (explore models for) represent the complexity of diasporic life.

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.

Upcoming Events and News

Tender Curiousities (Seeking Participants)

APPLICATIONS CLOSE on Friday, July 14th (11:59 PM EST)

tender curiosities is a Toronto-based workshop that offers participants methods of play while investigating identity politics within dance-technological mediums and textural writing research. Through intersensorial engagement, participants will be able to experiment with movement art through text-based and somatic-driven explorations, as well as interdisciplinary modes of recording (both image and sound). The workshop will also offer interpersonal research methods and engage with auto-ethnographic storytelling inspired by facilitator, Jasmine Liaw’s recent experimental film, xīn nī 廖芯妮. Tapping into an archive informed by movement - tender curiosities invites participants to play: as a practice of reciprocity and wandering through the lens of the Asian diasporic body.

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.