Because you’re sick of being asked “Where’re you from? No, where are you really from?” Because Asian is not just butter chicken, Lucy Liu, the Mandarin buffet, being obscure one day and trendy the next, quiet and well-behaved or being stopped every time you go to the airport or cross a border. Because you’re sick of being profiled and harassed by the cops. Because feeling inauthentic is okay.

The Asian Arts Freedom School is a writing/performance and radical Asian history and activism program for Asian/Pacific Islander youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Each workshop will be a chance to learn a different skill (performing your work, beatboxing, using movement), create new pieces and learn histories of Asian activism and resistance.

Some more things about us:

*The school will be held at the Kapisanan Philippine Arts Centre, 167 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market, Toronto. Every Wednesday from 6:00-8:30pm, starting June 13-August 29.

*All workshops are FREE, and we’ll have good food and free tokens.

*To us Asian= East Asian, SouthEast Asian, South Asian, West Asian (a.k.a. Arab or Middle-Eastern), Central Asian… mixed-race, adoptee, suburban, hood… just got here or been here since the 1800s. Asian stretches from the Philippines to Palestine, North China to Sri Lanka, Trinidad to Tibet, and all of it ends up in Toronto.

***If you’re interested, have questions, or want to pre-register, please get in touch with the two lead artists: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Gein Wong at You can also call Leah at 416.533-2697.
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