Witnessing Ancestral Joy
When, as a young adult, I started to seek and find language on mental health, I came across a popular psychology concept of “the Inner Child” (on Instagram, admittedly!). I understand this concept as an emotional being within oneself, who carries core beliefs and emotional behaviors learned from families of origin, often our first teachers.

As a young adult, I’ve been seeking language to better understand mental health. I admittedly came across a popular psychology concept called “The Inner Child” on Instagram. [rewrite the last sentence].

My parents taught me lessons they learned as Khmer refugees and genocide survivors. In my childhood, I experienced emotional outbursts that came without context or warning. Within “the Inner Child” framework, one “heals” by addressing inappropriate lessons in adulthood—one “re-parents” oneself, becoming the appropriate adult figure.

Part of my healing process meant that I need to address the toxic and problematic behaviors I learned from my childhood as an adult now.
Meet the Artist

Bunnard Phan

@pou_bunnat • Venmo: @Bunnard-Phan

Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN

Bunnard Phan (he/him/his) is the son of Cambodian refugees based in the Twin Cities, originally hailing from Massachusetts. He has two years of work experience in civic engagement, and is starting a career as a labor organizer with healthcare workers at SEIU. He hopes to find ways to build power for immigrants and people of color. Bunnard received his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and his Master’s in Sociology from Stanford University. An aspiring storyteller, he has worked in different mediums, having created a podcast with the Stanford Storytelling Project and performed a “Tight-5” at the Lighten Up comedy festival. His family’s and community’s experiences inspire him to keep storytelling as a means to process the past and move toward new futures.