The Dragon Fruit Project is an intergenerational oral history project that explores queer and trans Asian Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
In 2012 historian Amy Sueyoshi initiated The Dragon Fruit Project. She recognized that there is an abundance of lessons to learn from the older generations of LGBTQ API people, and yet their stories weren’t being recorded. We know the importance of capturing the histories of our community, and in 2013, API Equality – Northern California partnered with Amy to take the project to the next level.
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.
Dragon Fruit Project volunteers have the opportunity to engage in intergenerational dialogue, document stories, and work creatively to disseminate the material. In the summer of 2014, a team of volunteers worked together to create the first Dragon Fruit Project Zine! You can see it below:
During Fall 2014, we also uploaded LGBTQ API histories onto the internet’s Free Encyclopedia: WIKIPEDIA. See all the new Wikipedia articles we created:
The Dragon Fruit Project works to engage people at all levels, at all ages. Check us out at Stanford’s Listen to the Silence Conference!
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
- Be interviewed
- Catalogue transcriptions
- Sit on our Dragon Fruit panels
- Manage history dissemination
- Outreach and bring our materials to campuses, classrooms, and groups