Immigrant Stories: Chinese American and Undocumented
In two different podcast episodes facilitated and recorded by San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), two of our RAISE members broke down their experiences of being undocumented in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
In collaboration with: Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
Amplify(Her) was a counter-narrative project created to empower women-led storytelling. It was the first-ever zine by and for undocumented Asian womxn. The zine featured multi-generational voices of undocumented Asian womxn who shared their family and personal stories through art and prose. The zine was officially released at a reading and launch party co-hosted by The Asian American Writer’s Workshop.
This project was made possible through a generous grant from the Asian Women Giving Circle.
In collaboration with: DRUM
Letters from UndocuAsians
In a follow-up performance to the first #UndocuAsians, RAISE members penned personal letters to their families, friends, and younger selves. Alongside opening act, “10 Things You Don’t Say To An UndocuAsian,” these letters painted a fuller picture of their experiences, at once sharing the ironies, frustrations, and dignity of living undocumented in America.
In 2013, RAISE members created a theater production, #UndocuAsians, sharing their personal stories about growing up in a culture of silence and uncertainty. The performance opened with Why We Rise and featured an onstage performance by more than a dozen other undocumented youth whose stories bring a different face to the immigration debate and highlight the diverse and difficult realities that undocumented Asian communities face beyond the conventional “DREAMer” narrative.
In collaboration with: Kelly Tsai
Why We Rise
Why We Rise is a compelling documentary short featuring three brave young Asian New Yorkers who reveal what it's like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light.
Filmed and directed by:
Brian Redondo & Corinne Manabat