In 2012 historian Amy Sueyoshi initiated The Dragon Fruit Project.
The Dragon Fruit Project is an intergenerational oral history project that explores queer Asian Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Dragon Fruit represents our efforts around cultural preservation, knowledge production, and dissemination. By uplifting our queer API community histories, we’re breaking through the silence that is a byproduct of systematic and institutionalized oppression. When community members engage with this work as interviewers, transcribers, cataloguers and archivists, we are actively resisting the systems that have isolated us from each other and keep us out of mainstream present-day and historical narratives. Not only are we active agents archiving our individual histories, we are also piecing together organizational, community, and movement histories that will contextualize our collective narrative. When we document our history we’re also laying the groundwork for future work.
Interested in joining the Dragon Fruit Project team?
No experience required! All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to make a small time commitment.
Transcribe audio recordings
Interview an LGBTQ API person
Sit on our Dragon Fruit panels
Manage history dissemination
Outreach and bring our materials to campuses, classrooms, and groups
Through our partnership with StoryCorps, Dragon Fruit Project interviewers and storytellers have come together to share stories of love, struggle, identity, and activism. Check out some of our interviewer’s reflections on the experience, and hear about why they think storytelling …
What does it mean to listen to each other? What does it mean to communicate across generations? To explore these questions, the Dragon Fruit Project is putting on a collaborative series on Intergenerational Conversations. From August 12 to August 15 …
Wikipedia is one of the most visible and widely used resources for information. However, there is a sparsity of queer API histories on Wikipedia, limited both in detail and in the number of entries. Thus, we are thrilled to invite …
Last month, I went to the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change conference and spoke on the intergenerational panel. While I was very aware of being the youngest person, I was proud to impart some of my wisdom on the topic of …
As I was walking to API Equality – Northern California’s Dragon Fruit Transcribing Day (Special Edition), I was thinking in my head “Why am I doing this on my birthday?” I could have gone shopping, met up with some friends, …