July 29, 2023. @The Pop-Hop Books & Print.
As fluid bodies and entities across all kinds of borders, members of Chinese Artists and Organizers (CAO) Collective share a sense of tenuous relationship with the notions of “home” and “community”. During the four years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many members and our community friends have experienced extended separation from their families meanwhile building a home for themselves abroad. As many returned home this summer for the first time in years, those who stayed faced sepration with friends and chosen families, transitions in life, or maintenance of their current diasporic realities.
July 29, Chinese Artists and Organizers (CAO) Collective hosted our first in-person event in Los Angeles. At the collective poetry writing workshop “nowwwhere,” we convened with some of our SoCal community members and new friends to read, write, talk, and draw about what “home” — in all its past, present and future tenses — mean and look like for us. We shared stories about childhood and migration, facilitating space for each other’s emotions and imagination for a home and community we desire to be in.