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A new Asian diaspora digital storytelling initiative launches with support from SNF

May 25, 2023

May is Asian Pacific Heritage month, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and Asia Society are marking the occasion with the announcement of a new $1 million grant from SNF to support the launch of the Asian Diaspora Project at Asia Society. By telling nuanced, individual stories, the project hopes to convey the vibrant and complex range of experience the global diaspora comprises to a broad audience and build cross-cultural understanding and connections.

SNF’s grant will help Asia society build capacity to tell these stories, including by building out a digital content studio in New York.

“Our humanity is a living thing that grows the more we interact with other people, hear their individual stories, and build understanding. We at SNF are proud to support the Asia Society in launching the Asian Diaspora Project so that we can hear voices from around the world, voices which are the fundamental building blocks of civil discourse and civic engagement everywhere,” said SNF Co-Chief Programs Officer Casey Russo.

“We are extremely grateful to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for this grant, which will enable us to build critical studio infrastructure and storytelling capacity,” said Asia Society Chief Digital and Communications Officer Aalok Kanani. “This generous grant will help us expand our work spotlighting Asian diaspora stories, celebrating Asians, and fighting anti-Asian hate.”