Southeast Asian Diaspora Storytelling (SEADS) 

Recovering Stories and Planting Possibilities in the Minnesota Southeast Asian Diaspora

The SEAD Project and our partners invite you to join us in The Southeast Asian Diaspora Storytelling project (SEADS). Through critical cultural conversations, creative inquiry and healing justice lens, SEADS aims to gather youth, elders, activists, veterans, artists and other affected and invisible voices to discuss, acknowledge, reflect on war and memory and create art that honors the journeys of our ​Minnesota Southeast Asian Diaspora communities (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Viet and other ethnic groups).


  • Engage​ ​in dialogue with affected Southeast Asian communities (veterans, elders, activists, etc) through arts as an entry point for sparking and engaging conversations.
  • Reclaim​ ​historically invisible Southeast Asian histories and perspectives missing from the arena of honor, war and memory through the lens of many diverse voices and truths.
  • Promote​ meaningful space to educate, understand, acknowledge and connect the past to today on issues that our SEA communities are confronted with in perpetual displacement, economic disparities and educational inequities.


  • Host and drive engaging community conversations.
    • We will host 6 engaging conversations with SEA community partners. This consists of 4 Starter Conversations with each respective community (Hmong, Lao, Khmer and Vietnamese), 1 SEA Community Conversation, and 1 public convening for a creative pop-up event to showcase stories.
  • Capture stories and produce creative storytelling works of art.
    • We will work with creatives on curating stories into works of visual, literary, digital and performance art.
  • Amplify and publish Southeast Asian stories in booklet + toolkit, by us for us.
    • We will publish a takeaway booklet that will honor, inspire and bring hope for the next generation that is diverse, inclusive, culturally-competent and language accessible.

Core Lead Team

Chanida Phaengdara Potter (The SEAD Project), Pheng Thao (ManForward), and mk nguyen

Project Timeline

March 2018 – October 2018

We’re looking for

  • Interpreters ​ (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Viet)
  • Facilitators​ (bilingual in Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Viet)
  • Creatives ​(visual, literary, digital, performance)
  • Speakers​ (veterans, leaders, activists, etc from war era)
  • Healers ​(healing justice practitioners, mental health

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This project is made possible through the Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Grant by Minnesota Humanities Center.


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