Blasian Narratives is a multi-media project that intimately explores the intersection of (mixed) Asian and Black identities.
The project culminated through Omnes Senmo’s (Canon) personal quest to explore the relationship between Asian and Black individuals and communities. During his time as an Asian student at Morehouse College, a historically black college, he fortuitously crossed paths with various students who identified as “Blasians”—those of both Black and Asian heritage. Having studied Asian American and Black history, Omnes became interested in revitalizing conversations regarding the current and historical tension and solidarity between Asian and Black communities. He later realized that Blasian individuals might have experienced this polarization at an intimate level. Through the organic progression of friendships, dialogues around the juxtaposition of the various narratives of being Black and Asian naturally arose. These individuals were already at a place to reconcile the polarized aspect of their identities. Through the act of telling one’s story, there was often unburdening, healing, and empowerment. These experiences made Omnes realize that these stories needed to be explored, heard, and shared. With this vision in mind, he decided to turn the personal dialogues into a documentary, which eventually morphed into a live performance of theatrical monologues.
Cree B. McClellan, AFROPUNK
“The Blasian Narratives project is breaking the illusion of mixed bliss with its raw, organic representation of growing up in a society where- if your race isn’t clear, neither are you.”
Tae Hong, Kore Asian Media
“Narratives” tells stories about families, communities, colorism, dating and religion, all the while struggling with the question: “Am I black enough? Am I Asian enough?”
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu Ed.D., Psychology Today
“The presentations showed the complexity of lives that cross borders and enter liminal and marginal spaces, where creativity can flourish. Each person, in their own unique way, expressed their identities-in-flux, as if they were re-creating it right there on stage.”
Visit us at www.blasianproject.org
Be on the lookout for our second trailer, coming soon! We will be updating our events as well!
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