Categorically speaking, where do you fit? Which bubble do you circle? Which box do you scratch down a checkmark in? Mark one. Only one. Prioritize. The box confines. The box omits. The box silences. As nearly half a century of progress, activism, and change have demonstrated that “Asian” is obsolete—we are not one people, but many; we’ve garnered more boxes to choose from. But it is still a box. The box confines. The box omits. The box silences. We’ve reached an age of intersections. The “Asian” collides with the “Queer.” Decide. Are you the L, G, B, T, I, Q, Q, or A?
And if you mark a Q, what Q is it? In this age of intersections, the boxes multiply. The silences multiply. In the end, what story does the box tell? Behind every box there’s a story. What is yours? What is ours? Berkeley’s 1st Queer and Asian Conference will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. The theme is Story-ing the Silence: Filling the Pages. This year’s conference is organized by the University of California, Berkeley’s student group Cal Q & A (Cal Queer & Asian). As we put a story to the silence, we hope this will be a day for community building and networking; a place to explore the intersections of our identity, and share our experiences, our stories as individuals; our stories as community. Together, let’s break through the compounded silences of Queer and Asian.
We hope to see you there!
Cal Q & A Conference Planning Committee