Asian Arts Freedom School Returns to KPC

Summer Session 2008 Volume 5: Freedom Remixed Are you South/East/West/Southeast Asian in the G.T.A? the Asian Arts Freedom School is looking for you!!!

Every Tuesday, June 10 to Aug 12, 6-8:30pm Kapisanan, 167 Augusta Ave Kensington Market

The Asian Arts Freedom School is a multidisciplinary Asian arts, history and activism program for Asian/Pacific Islander youth in the Greater Toronto Area. This session includes a range of workshops from theatre and movement, to writing, film and visual arts, including speaking with your body; pulling letters from your heart; and finding the colony in your mind, as well as a neighbourhood tour of a local Asian community.

We will also be holding special coalition building workshops open to all friends and allies of freedom school.

Asian = South Asian, West Asian (a.k.a. Arab or Middle-Eastern), Southeast Asian, East Asian, Central Asian... mixed-race, adoptee, suburban, hood... just got here or been here since the 1800s. Asian stretches from the Philippines to Palestine, North China to Sri Lanka, Trinidad to Tibet, and all of it ends up in Toronto. Why Freedom School?

Because youโ€™re sick of being asked โ€œWhereโ€™re you from? No, where are you really from?โ€ Because Asian is not just curry paste, Lucy Liu, and henna โ€˜tattoosโ€™. Asian is not just being obscure one day and trendy the next, being quiet and well-behaved or being stopped every time you go to the airport or cross a border. Because youโ€™re sick of being profiled and harassed by the cops. Because feeling inauthentic is okay.

If youโ€™re interested, have questions, or want to pre-register, please get in touch with the director and lead artist Gein Wong at asianartsfreedomschool@gmail.com

Join our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8229086153

We are also up at http://www.myspace.com/asianartsfreedomschool

Because you want to be able to tell your familyโ€™s stories. Because you don't know your family's stories. Because you want to be able to tell your own story. Because we're the only ones who can tell our stories. Because we are the ones we've been waiting for.

The Asian Arts Freedom School is supported by grants from Artreach Toronto, the City of Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the government of Ontario.