Blasian Narratives is a multi-media project that intimately explores the intersection and identities of mixed race Black & Asian individuals through live performances and film. The project began as a collaboration between Morehouse and Spelman College students documenting and exploring the identity formations of individuals with mixed Afro-Asian heritage, colloquially known as “Blasians.” The grassroots project aims to bring historically polarized communities together by illustrating the complexities and unity of identity awareness–how you see yourself vs how you are seen–in hopes of building solidarity along the way. The cast and crew now includes students from Stanford, NYU, and more.
While watching the performances of these students, we might compare our experiences with their stories of exploring and communicating their identities. How have we come to understand our ethnic and cultural backgrounds in the face of commonalities and differences across generations, familial bonds, prejudices, and stereotypes? How do we deal with family members who don’t really understand us? And how might we respond to doubt from ourselves or others about who we are?