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Community Responses

I, Human: Becoming Visible

This project brings together creative practitioners of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) descents and participants from the university and community. The participants will jointly research, develop and produce films, performances and plays that challenge anti-ESEA racism, which has seen an exponential surge since early 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

What's Wrong with Miss Saigon

Is it ‘an epic love story’ that ‘takes place in the last days of the Vietnam War’ or ‘a racial and sexual fantasy that negates the war’s political significance and Vietnamese subjectivity and agency’?

British East and Southeast Asian Wikipedia Page

How are East and Southeast Asians (ESEA) in the UK represented on Wikipedia?

On 15th September 2022 and as part of ESEA Heritage Month 2022, ESEA Hub, along with friends and colleagues at City University London, King’s College London’s Department of Digital Humanities and the Public Data Lab created a Wikipedia page on 'British East and Southeast Asians'.

Breakwater Toolkit

After almost two years of collective healing journey, Breakwater launched their community toolkit that contains creative experimentation, co-learning and contributors' thoughts from the Becoming Forest project.

𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 - 𝑆𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑃𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 shares the experience and impacts of connecting with nature and our cultural heritages in strengthening the mental well-being of the Southeast and East Asian community in the UK.

In partnership with SEEAC & Kanlungan.

Media Engagement Guidelines by EVR

A co-created set of media engagement tips to support ESEA communities, as well as a set of engagement guidelines for media platforms looking to work with us. This will help advise on our suggested standards of conduct and outreach. Taken together, we aim to work toward more ethical representation and inclusion of our communities in mainstream media.

Tools to Transform

Tools to Transform is a workbook for Asian diasporic organising in Europe. Co-edited by 7 Asian grassroot networks, this workbook shares on-the-ground reflections, strategies and practices from 10 organisers and collectives working in relation to South, South-east and East Asian communities across Europe. Tools to Transform is a free online resource, aimed at artists, curators, educators, community leaders and all others interested in organising in relation to Asian diasporas and building intra and inter-community solidarities.

Tools to Transform is led by Asia Art Activism in partnership with 6 other Asian diaspora networks across Europe, including Voices of Domestic Workers (UK), Healing Justice Ldn (UK), Unthaitled (DE), House of Saint Laurent Europe (DE), DAMN*/Deutsche Asiat*innen, Make Noise! (DE) and The Six Tones (VN/SE).

Abolitionist Approaches to Hate Crime zine by Remember & Resist

This zine seeks to document Remember & Resist's collaborative work around the issue of 'hate crime' - focusing on the ways East and Southeast Asians are mobilising around 'hate crime' in this moment (or for the past year and a half). It includes attempts at an abolitionist analysis of the 'Covid racism' and 'hate crime' discourse that emerged at the beginning of the pandemic; documentation of our workshops exploring 'hate crime' approaches to racism and strategising alternatives; a report on NGO-led 'hate crime' workshops for community groups; and pieces critiquing diaspora organising - one critiquing the demands that persistently circulate within 'ESEA' organising, and others on the possibilities of cross-diaspora and cross-class solidarity.

#WeRNotVirus by Moongate Productions

You see a contagion. You make an equation. You fear an invasion. When it's your evasion. 

A collective of leading actors, writers, directors and creatives of East and South East Asian heritage from the UK’s performing arts industry joined forces online to present a new digital arts event titled WeRNotVirus. This urgent artistic response aimed to shine a light on the surge in hate crime directed towards the community during the Covid-19 crisis.

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