SEAD sees a reimagined world that is culturally just, creatively sustainable, and socially empowering for Southeast Asian diaspora voices, agency and self-determination. SEAD’s main programs are under three focus areas: SEA Heritage & Languages (SEA Roots), Narrative Storytelling (Planting SEADS) and Leadership Development (SEA Change).
SEA Roots: Southeast Asian Heritages & Languages
We teach language and cultural literacy workshops in Hmong, Khmer Lao and Viet. Visit workshops page for more info.
Pop-Ups in Southeast Asian History, Culture and Social Issues
Theme-based topics in history, geography, classics, literature, art, food and social issues led by knowledge experts.
Planting SEADS: Narrative Storytelling
We gather and amplify stories and space for Southeast Asian narratives to thrive, mobilize and heal through conversations, publications, and tools. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Little Laos on the Prairie Blog (Little Laos)
Since 2011, Little Laos Blog collects, crafts, curates, and highlights stories of the Lao diaspora experience. Little Laos is an online storytelling publication driven by a team of diaspora writers committed to sharing the journeys, cultures, and livelihoods of the diaspora experience.
Healing-Informed Community Conversations
Storytelling circles using SEAD’s Mekong Memory Mapping tool to reflect and root our shared histories.
SEA Change Lab: Diaspora Leadership Development
We grow Southeast Asian leadership through social empowerment in arts, advocacy and reimagination.
Experimental pilot project aimed at growing social empowerment and leadership development through arts and storytelling in Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Viet young people; specifically youth ages 13-19 and young people 19-25. We center, support and guide our young people’s experiences using an interdisciplinary cross-cultural, cross-generational approach through arts advocacy (writing, theater, music and dance).