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What does it mean to be Asian in a country where your culture is diluted until it becomes palatable for American tastebuds? Christian Aldana unravels dominant narratives and restitches them through spoken word poetry, challenging what we’ve been taught about cultural identity, history, and politics. Through a hybrid performance and conversation, we’ll talk about how poetry/art can be tools that empower us to tell our stories on our own terms and build strong bonds that uplift our communities. We'll talk about the limitations of "Asian American" identity, and what poetry spaces have taught her about solidarity. We’ll get real about what it takes to go from writing angsty poems in your diary to performing in front of hundreds of people, and why it’s sometimes easier to be vulnerable in front of a room of strangers than it is to be vulnerable with your Filipino family.

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