Why Are We Here? Why Now?
- This workshop is to hold space for community members to share the successes and difficulties in talking with our families about anti-Blackness and Racism.
- This is not a traditional writing workshop. We are here to process, skill share, and troubleshoot our journey.
- You may write something (the beginning of an email, a text) but that isn't the expectation tonight. We are workshopping ourselves.
- There is no formula to doing the work, the best we can do is listen and learn from one another.
What is Said Here Stays Here, What is Learned Here Leaves Here.
- Recognize that we don't know everything
- That we come from different backgrounds + education
- Build your racial and cultural humility
- Exercise interpersonal skills of communicating, active listening, understanding
- Moving Up & Moving Back
Take on the Role of Educator
- Share your viewpoints
- Share your resources
- Practice patience
Sona Shah, Site Manager, Asian American Resource Center
Hanna Huang, Executive Director, Austin Asian American Film Festival
Samira Ghosh, Director of Special Projects, Asian Family Support Services of Austin
Binh Ly, Austin Public Health
Lucy Nguyen, Program Manager, Austin Asian Community Health Initiative
Tips on Engagement
- Consider which platform the recipient will be more likely to be in dialogue with you. Sometimes a text won't work, but they might be more receptive to a phone call or video chat.
- Be brief and concise – set a word limit or time limit.
- Be personal, not academic – not everyone has a strong background in Black history or ethnic studies.
- Feel free to adapt based on the audience – if the "letter" will go overseas, be sure to take that into consideration.
- Guide, don’t lecture – ground the conversation personally and locally, with the local community or the people and the context surrounding you, before going into broader subjects.
- Be focused!
- Don't forget Self-Preservation. Recognize when you've done all that you can at that moment. Acknowledge when to step back and give them the space to have the conversation within themselves.