CYI x StoryCorps

Calling all SLI alum across generations to reconnect, retell and record our stories that we have discovered in our journey of exploration during our time at CYI.   

CYI has partnered with StoryCorps to provide an opportunity to document and preserve Asian American stories — including ours. We have begun sharing our stories at SLI- this is an opportunity to make that story permanent.

According to StoryCorps National Facilitator, Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan, “so many Asian-American children grow up without seeing themselves or role models that look like them in history…through recording with StoryCorps, we have the chance to preserve these stories and relationships in the LIbrary of Congress or within our own communities.”[Link] So far, StoryCorps has worked with prominent AAPI organizations, such as ThinkChinatown and Q-Wave to capture new Asian American stories.

If interested in either or both, please sign up here. If you have any questions, please email winnie@cyinyc.org Seats are limited and will be first come first serve. 

Storytelling Workshop: November 2nd, 12- 2 PM

At this workshop, Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan, a National Facilitator at StoryCorps, will lead discussions about the StoryCorps model for oral history and interviews, the significance of taking our own histories in our own hands, and how our Asian-American identities intersect with personal storytelling. 

We will then workshop through our own personal narratives and how to ask questions to even further build out stories, in preparation for either a StoryCorps recording or just a conversation with a loved one outside of the booth. 

This workshop is NOT required (but would be helpful) to participate in a StoryCorps recording.

Story Recording: November 16th or November 23rd (all day)  

A StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation with a friend or loved one. What are the questions you want to ask and the memories you want to preserve? 

Participants may sign up with a partner (who doesn’t have to be a CYI/SLI alum), and when you arrive, a trained StoryCorps Facilitator will meet you to explain the process, make you feel comfortable in our recording space, and sit with you during the interview session and work the audio equipment to ensure a beautiful recording. 

Think!Chinatown’s listening event is happening right after the workshop at 3:30 in Manhattan Chinatown. If people want to see what a final product can look like, this is a great opportunity to join us at the listening event!

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