SEAD Storytelling

Recovering Stories & Planting Possibilities

The Southeast Asian diaspora storytelling (SEADS) initiative aims to reclaim, honor and amplify the lived experiences of veterans, mothers, activists, scholars and other historically invisible narratives of Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Viet diaspora. Through critical conversations and ethnographic storytelling, SEADS holds space and published our first Southeast Asian-authored anthology of stories, poetry and artwork called Planting SEADS: Southeast Asian Diaspora Stories. SEADS is a community collaboration in partnership with The SEAD Project, ManForward, mk nguyen, Narate Keys and others.

UPDATE: Submissions are closed.


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.


Through critical cultural conversations, creative inquiry and healing justice approach, 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 space that honors the journeys of our Minnesota Southeast Asian Diaspora communities (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Viet and other ethnic groups).

Core Team

Chanida Phaengdara Potter, The SEAD Project
Pheng Thao, ManForward
mk nguyen 
Narate Judie Keys 

This project is made possible from legacy funding through the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam is an initiative led by Twin Cities PBS aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember, share stories, recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war. TPT is partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center to bring public conversations around these topics to communities across the state, thanks to support from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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