With increasing anti-Asian hate crimes and violence toward our community, Asian Heritage and AAPI Heritage Month take on a different meaning this year.
At Cambio & Co., this year's theme is Homecoming. What does it mean to come home to ourselves (in every sense of the word)? How do we radically take up space with our voices, our bodies, our stories, and our existence?
In a world that tries to keep us quiet, submissive, and small, we're holding space for our community to show up loud, brown, and proud.
Check out some of the community gatherings we're hosting throughout May and June.
Celebrating Our Homecoming: A Virtual Writing Workshop On Filipino Identity
Thursday May 20th at 8PM (EDT) / 5PM (PDT)
Are you an aspiring writer or someone who’s curious about the written word? Do you want to reflect on your identity as a Filipino/a/x in the diaspora with a caring community?
Join Living Hyphen and Cambio & Co. for a special virtual writing workshop in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month (USA) and Asian Heritage Month (Canada) and, ultimately, of ourselves.
We’ve carefully and intentionally designed this workshop to be generative, complete with writing prompts, storytelling exercises, and meaningful conversations. All you need is a steady Internet connection to join us online, some paper, and a pen.
No writing experience necessary. At Living Hyphen, we believe that anyone who writes is a writer. Attendees should, however, be ready to share their written work out loud.
This event is hosted in partnership with Living Hyphen Magazine, a community that explores what it means to live in between cultures as a hyphenated Canadian - that is, an individual who calls Canada home but who has roots elsewhere. Learn more about Living Hyphen and your facilitator, Justine Abigail Yu.
A portion of each ticket supports GO Bike Project, a group of volunteers who use their bikes to provide essential services and disaster relief to low-income communities in the Philippines. They provide essential healthcare such as blood pressure monitoring and blood sugar testing, and have also added a mobile community "pantry bike". Learn more about GO Bike Project here.
Lakas Ng Loob: A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop
Wednesday June 2nd at 8PM (EDT) / 5PM (PDT)Dahil ang lakas mo, sis! Keep your strength. You've got lots of it. In this spoken word poetry workshop, we'll explore the question: What does being Pilipino mean to you, especially in this time of rising Asian hate? How do we tap into our fierceness and our inner strength as we deal with isolation, fear and uncertainty?
This event is hosted in partnership with Sheilah Madonna M. Salvador, a mature student at the University of Toronto, writer, and spoken word artist. Sheilah's poetry has been featured in Mnerva Magazine, The Hamthology, and she was shortlisted at the Eden Mills poetry contest in 2018. She is currently working on a book about the Massacre of Manila. Learn more about Sheilah here.
Supporting COVID-19 Relief In The Philippines
Past Event: Wear Your Heritage Night: Cambio X Pinayista
Saturday May 15th at 8PM (EDT) / 5PM (PDT)
Part fashion show, conversation circle, and virtual happy hour, Wear Your Heritage Night is an evening to reclaim our stories and radically take up space as Pina/xys.
Hosted at the innovative virtual Pinayista HQ, you'll be able to move around and interact with others just like you would in person. It doesn't beat real life, but it'll leave you empowered, inspired, and full of fierce brown joy!
We'll have a live virtual fashion show with a DJ spinning tunes, and conversation circles with fierce Filipina/xs to explore the stories behind the things we wear, and the ways we're reclaiming our stories and spaces.
This event is hosted in partnership with Pinayista, a nonprofit community collective of pinays with a mission to build sisterhood in the hustle.