In 2012 historian Amy Sueyoshi initiated The Dragon Fruit Project.
The Dragon Fruit Project is an intergenerational oral history project that explores queer Asian Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Dragon Fruit represents our efforts around cultural preservation, knowledge production, and dissemination. By uplifting our queer API community histories, we’re breaking through the silence that is a byproduct of systematic and institutionalized oppression. When community members engage with this work as interviewers, transcribers, cataloguers and archivists, we are actively resisting the systems that have isolated us from each other and keep us out of mainstream present-day and historical narratives. Not only are we active agents archiving our individual histories, we are also piecing together organizational, community, and movement histories that will contextualize our collective narrative. When we document our history we’re also laying the groundwork for future work.
Interested in joining the Dragon Fruit Project team?
No experience required! All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to make a small time commitment.
- Transcribe audio recordings
- Interview an LGBTQ API person
- Be interviewed
- Catalogue transcriptions
- Sit on our Dragon Fruit panels
- Manage history dissemination
- Outreach and bring our materials to campuses, classrooms, and groups
Recent Posts – Dragon Fruit Project :
Source: API Equality Northern California
Hello are you there? Reflections from our Dragon Fruit Phone Tree
As we organize mutual aid networks, workshop series, and community-based research projects, we know how important it is to reflect on our experiences. Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be launching a four-part series entitled, “Organizing in the time of COVID-19: A Reflection Series from APIENC”. Stay
Daily Acts of Resistance – A NEW Dragon Fruit Project Zine!
Contribute to the THIRD Dragon Fruit Project Zine!
The Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal is now LIVE!
A Hello from our Springterns!
Live Blogging from the 2nd Digital Portal Working Day
Storytelling, StoryCorps, and Reflections
A Series on Intergenerational Conversations
Dragon Fruit Project: WIKI HACK
What does intergenerational work entail?
The Gift of History: A Reflection on Dragon Fruit Transcribing Day *Special Edition*