Immigrant Families & Forgotten Roots: The A-Way Youth Slam Team

May 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Northeastern Crossing
1175 Tremont St
MA 02120
Northeastern Crossing

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Founded in the winter of 2015, the A-WAY slam team is comprised of high school youth across the Allies Working with Asian/Asian American Youth network. Their mission is to use poetry and performance to break silences and tell their stories as young Asian Americans. They slammed at Louder Than A Bomb! Massachusetts 2016 and 2017. This year’s team is Wenyin Cao, Ian Lee, Amanda Ngo, Tara Nguyen, and Jon Tsang. The A-WAY slam team is coached and founded by poet and youth worker Kaitlin Pang, and assistant coached by John Wang, A-WAY slam team alum.

The focus of our slam team this year is based around Asian American identity, immigration, and generational fractures. Whether it is trying to find a place where we can exist as ourselves or trying to connect with roots we sometimes forget (or are forced to hide), we always have at our core our values and those we hold important to us. The theme of our team’s poetry this year is that our immigrant and refugee families love us, but the lack of understanding and empathy (along with forces like assimilation and the concept of the “American dream”) between our generation and theirs prevents us from seeing what kind of struggles the other is really going through.