Paper knots at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. | Photo by Sara Hayden

Let’s Talk Story is a program that invites you to share an anecdote from your lived experiences in the form of a live conversation, short oral history, or written essay. The goal is to keep a record that connects the past to the present, and bring our stories to life.

Let’s talk story together. Inspired by my experience as someone of Asian descent, I’m a journalist who seeks to preserve our histories.

If you have a story tip or are willing to share a story from your life that is related to Asian/Pacific American histories and experiences, participate by adding yours to the mix for the Let’s Talk Story program.

  1. Pick a topic. Get inspired by ideas below.
  2. Pick a medium. You can use podcasts, photos, videos, the written word, or a combination of the above, or maybe even something else entirely.
  3. Share! Get in touch with the details by filling out the contact form, and I’ll add your story to the Let’s Talk Story archive.

Examples of what stories might relate to:

Identity. How has your race, culture, gender, sexuality affected your experience?

Community. How has the community you live in affected how you self-identify? Does it support you? Hinder you?

Family. Who’s your family? What is your relationship like with them?

Tradition. How do you preserve what’s been passed down to you?

Breaking convention. What’s expected of you? Do you follow that? Have you ever strayed from that? To what effect?

Food, holidays, arts, language. How do you communicate with your relatives? Do you speak another language? How did you learn? If not, what are your feelings about that? What do you celebrate? What do you eat? What type of arts, sports, music do you like to do or admire? Why?

Prejudice. Have you ever felt affected by stereotypes or been treated a certain way that made an impression on you because of how you look or who you are?

Diaspora and origins. Where are your ancestors from? Where did you or your family move and why?

Something else. What matters most to you? What do you want to talk about?

To submit an idea for consideration, email me using the form below. I hope to hear from you soon! – Sara