The Resilience Archives is a digital history tour map that highlights the contributions, memories, and historical moments of the LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander community. The locations and content are curated from individual contributions, organizational archives, and extensive research. This is a living breathing archive that launched on June 6, 2017 in San Francisco. It is a work in progress, please let us know if you have a photo, story, or any other content to share.
The Resilience Archives history tour is a community and artistic collaboration.
Mia Nakano serves as the lead artist, archivist, and mapping geek. She is the Director of the Visibility Project, a national photo and oral history series focused on the queer Asian Pacific Islander women, trans, and gender nonconforming community. Nakano has worked with people in over 20 states and 25 cities. The project seeks to uplift the histories, movements, and shifting language in the queer community through accessible visual arts.
API Equality – Northern California (APIENC) works to build LGBTQ API power by amplifying our voices and increasing visibility to our communities. Through organizing, we inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate our histories. The Dragon Fruit Project is a program of APIENC and is an intergenerational oral history project that explores queer Asian Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s – 90s.
Kat Evasco is the performance Director and educator. Evasco is an award-winning writer, stand up comedian, performance artist, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Los Angeles where she was raised. Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director in San Francisco for The Future Project. Previously, she was the lead production manager for Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices and the Managing Director of Guerrilla Rep. She also served as the Board President and Development Director for Bindlestiff Studio, helping lead the opening of the first and only theater space in the country dedicated to cultivating Filipino artists.
APIENC and the Visibility Project are a part of the Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality Network (AACRE).