Community labs are collaborative, project-oriented groups that rely on a structured and decolonial framework. Labs will be facilitated by leader(s) and supported by AAJIL throughout the duration of the program.
Poetry is a creative expression that can help us appreciate the world around us while allowing us to express truth in words, sounds, and rhythms that evoke thought and emotion. The Poetry Lab wants to provide a safe space for reflection, creativity, and community through the art of poetry. We will be exploring poetry together but will also offer support in writing and creating poetry in different forms with a decolonized lens. Everyone is welcome to join this lab!
Meetings: Every 2 weeks on Wednesdays from 6-7pm PST (until Feb 4, 2021)
Cafe Sessions: On the 18th of the month from 5-5:30pm PST (until Jan 28, 2021)
Led by Michael Manalo
Asian American History Study Lab
The Asian American History Study Lab is a community space of connection, empowerment, support, shared learning and bringing about change. Together, we'll be building a foundational knowledge of Asian American history, more deeply understanding our identities, and exploring and situating our family histories or a people group's history within this larger context.
Meetings: First Sundays of the month, from 12-2pm PST
Led by Lisa Kau, Yasmine Yu, & Jozelle Wong Yu
Decolonizing Art Lab
The Decolonizing Art Lab aims to approach art and creativity with a decolonial foundation, while creating a safe space for artists and creatives to discuss their practices, challenge their own frameworks, and share resources with one another.
Meetings: First session is Nov. 10, 2020 from 4-6pm PST. Sign up to join the mailing list.
Led by Ryan Bounphasayol & Leslie Yick
Decolonizing Education Lab
What does it mean to decolonize education? This lab will explore topics that will encourage us to look specifically at our educational practices using a decolonial framework, whether it's the curriculum, classroom management and disciplinary policies, or institutional structure.
Meetings: Third Friday of every month at 5:00 pm PST
Led by Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek
Organizing and Politics Lab
Whether you’re a long standing activist or just getting started, we want you to join us to talk and share about the issues that are key to you, how you’re finding your voice and what’s working so that we can all grow together.
Meetings: Starting soon. Sign up to join the mailing list.
Led by Richard Tom & Irene Thomas
Mental Health/Racial Trauma Lab
The Mental Health and Racial Trauma Lab aims to create a safe and supportive space for participants to discuss various topics such as intergenerational trauma, internalized racism, and mental health within the API community.
Meetings: First meeting is Nov. 9, 2020 at 6pm PST. Sign up to join the mailing list.
Led by Rupa Bhojraj