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Are you intrigued by the various ways people approach dating? Do you enjoy hearing memorable or hilarious dating stories? Are you curious about the dating experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals? As part of MOCA’s Pride Month celebrations, we are thrilled to introduce a new public program series dedicated to queer storytelling and the sharing of personal narratives. This program aims to foster understanding and build bridges across diverse communities by highlighting the voices of queer Asian Americans.

Join us for this engaging event where five LGBTQIA+ Asian American storytellers will share their personal dating anecdotes. After their story-sharing, we will open the floor in open-mic style and welcome program attendees to share their own dating stories. There will be a sign-up sheet upon check-in, if you’d like to share your stories. We look forward to your participation in a night of meaningful storytelling.

STORYTELLERS

Yifan Wu

Advocacy for underrepresented communities has always been a passion Yifan approaches with tenacity. In their current role at MOCA, they collaborate with diverse staff to build museum constituencies by curating a range of cross-departmental public programs, amplifying BIPOC artists, scholars, cultural practitioners, and thought leaders. They led the efforts to organize a community contingent to march with MOCA at the 2019 NYC WorldPride Celebration.

Yifan is quadrilingual, speaking English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. They hold an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, The New School; a BA in Fashion and Textile Management from Nottingham Trent University in the UK; and a certificate in Fashion Curation from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. They served as an at-large steering committee member of the LGBTQ Alliance of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and contributed to the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums from 2017 to 2023.

Anish Bramhandtam

Anish Bramhandtam is a seasoned software engineering manager with thirteen years of experience, dedicated to bringing humanity and whimsy into the workplace. As a founding member and leader of his company’s queer employee resource group, he has been a steadfast advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anish also serves on the board as treasurer of the NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the economic, health, racial, and gender identity justice needs of marginalized LGBTQIA+ individuals in New York State. In his spare time, you’ll find him obsessing over transportation infrastructure, preparing elaborate meals with his partners, and trying to find a moment of peace.

 

Shannon Yu

Shannon Yu 余香儒(sha/shas) is a Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, New York) based artist from Taiwan. Sha holds an MFA in Performance and Performance Studies from Pratt Institute. Shannon identifies as a dancer-choreographer and queer-creator. Shannon practices Breaking, Hip Hop, Contemporary floorwork, and Wing Tsun Martial Arts. Shannon is the founder and Artistic Director of multimedia dance company SHA Creative Outlet and was named 2023 Asian American Arts Alliance’s Jadin Wong Fellow for Dance.

Pearl Love

My name is Pearl,
Pronounce, She, Her, Kitty cat.
Born and rise in Taiwan.  Made in Thailand. Sold to USA.
I am a AAPl trans Woman of color
I don’t have American Dream,
but I Find my own fairy dream in the New York City.

Date
June 20, 2024
Time
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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