Asia Society’s Asian Diaspora Project, which seeks to tell nuanced, individual stories that convey the vibrant and complex range of experience the global diaspora encompasses, has started to release the first of those stories. Supported by a $1 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the project aims to reach a broad audience and build cross-cultural understanding and connections.
SNF’s grant has helped 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,” said SNF Co-Chief Programs Officer Casey Russo on the launch of the project. “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.”
“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.”