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Crimson Teas

415 Spadina Avenue

Toronto, ON M5T 2G6

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"What's your name?" is hardly a simple question for many diasporic individuals who are forced to negotiate between a multitude of names and thus, identities. Using names as the point of entry to a process of self and communal exploration, NameSake unpacks some of the meanings, tensions, traumas, and magic that underlie this experience that is inherent to place-making.

NameSake is centred around a workshop series where members of the Asian diasporic community are invited to share their stories, experiences and relationships with their names. Participants will also contribute to the creation of an alternative baby name book (an archive of our multiple names and narratives) and a communal art installation — held at the end of the workshop series. Through these workshops, we will create meaningful spaces and productive art that focus and explore this critical collective diasporic experience.

Participants will be provided with a collection of reflection questions prior to the workshop date to prompt self-reflection and are invited to share part or wholes of their stories.

This is the FOURTH of the NameSake workshop series. Workshops will be held on a bi-weekly basis.

For more info: namaesaketo.weebly.com

Note: Crimson Teas is a fully accessible space.

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FACILITATOR BIO

Named by her halmuni (grandma), pruneah is a critical food scholar, activist, and artist. Her work attempts to archive the ways in which food becomes one of the most intimate sites of oppression, resistance and love. As the second of five daughters of immigrant parents, pruneah hopes to spend her lifetime centering the lived narratives of diasporic communities, especially within food discourse and movements.

Abby Ho is the Artistic Director of Project 40 Collective, and Managing Editor at LooseLeaf Magazine. She is a multidisciplinary artist who is interested in the accessibility of art and how art can be used as a social tool to bridge gaps within different cultures. She is also currently finishing her degree at OCAD U in Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Life Studies. www.abby-ho.com

Mirae Lee is the Community Director of Project 40 Collective, a cultural producer, and an emerging anthropologist. Her creative practice is rooted in her ongoing negotiation with her hyphenated identity and her positionality on the land she resides and those she shares it with. She truly loves her two first names and will forever thank her dad (while holding a bit of a grudge for giving her an English name she has refused to be associated with six years ago). www.miraelxx.com

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We would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which we live, share our stories, and practice our art. As this project aims to explore Asian diasporic experiences on Turtle Island, we recognize the continuous endeavours of Indigenous communities in reclaiming their rights on their land, as well as the work of BIPOC allies. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the community, and work on this land.

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