When did you decide that this org was something you wanted to contribute to on a regular basis — what was the “AHA” moment that made you feel this org’s work is a good use of your time?
See below for quotes from various members:
“”At our first meeting, I realized how powerful gathering Chinese to connect over issues of identity and place is. There is little narrative that addresses our struggles in the context of white supremacy, being here because western imperialism stole our resources, and aspiring towards whiteness to get access to those resources. Listening to and being with others really broadened my perspective, deepened my connection to being Chinese, and gave me hope that my people could be part of the solution.””
“”Something I find missing from other orgs is the space to go deeper into topics. I’d attend and we’d only ever scratch the surface level of things. I was really impressed how at Rad Chinese we were able to cover topics I wanted to cover in depth and in my first meeting, and felt like I could gain a lot from that.””
“”Rad Chinese is one of my favorite podcasts. I figured I’d just come and lurk because I don’t talk much. I feel like I’m gaining a lot from being here. There’s just so much I feel like I don’t know — I just wanna learn more for now, and then maybe I’ll be ready to do more.””
“”Rad Chinese is an important place where I can explore the Chinese side of my identity. Some of things said today really challenged me. I’m going to edit the podcast and re-listen to some of the discussion.””
What was the most successful project you’ve worked on with this org?
Our most successful project is holding regular Rad BYOBs that create a space where Chinese people can explore their identity and relationship with being oppressors and oppressed.
This space provides an important place where people can realize their internalized white supremacy and prepare to fight for the liberation of all oppressed people by first understanding their own oppression.
What “went right” with this project?
In addition to creating a much needed space for dialogue, Rad BYOBs generate both grassroots narratives and meaningful community relationships.
To cultivate relationships, we eat Chinese dinner and meet one-on-one in a structured Q&A that centers our Chinese identity. This creates a sense of trust and openness before we begin the podcast discussion.
The podcast discussion deepens community, generates outreach, and preps event attendees to onboard as members. By asking attendees what topics they’d like to investigate AFTER hearing the discussion, they can realistically imagine the kind of self-work they’d do and discussions they’d have.
What could have been better?
Still working on finding roles for people of all interests and capacity.
By accommodating folks in this way, more people join Rad Chinese as members.
If you could change one thing about this org, what would you change?
See responses from various members:
“”I would like for more people to be doing self-work and for parallel Rad BYOB events to be thrown.””