What is the Resilience Archives?

The Resilience Archives is online digital history tour of the LGBTQ AAPI (Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and East Asian) communities in the San Francisco bay area. It’s a collection of photographs, newsletters, articles, videos, multi-media clips, and more. We’re using an online mapping tool that allows us to post this content using address/location based “pins”. When you click on the pin, an image or story pops up that describes what happened at that location!

Where does the material come from?

We’re collecting it from a variety of sources. Our priorities are to work with LGBTQ AAPI individuals LGBTQ AAPI organizations, queer trans people of color, and allies. We’ve worked closely with several movement founders to digitize ephemera they’ve collected over the years and are posting curated materials online.

Why is an LGBTQ AAPI digital history tour necessary?

Too often we hear the narrative of not knowing our own histories. It’s not taught in school, certain elements are just “not talked about”, and it’s just hard to find this information on our own or without knowing anyone. The LGBTQ AAPI movement is still quite young. Our goal is to work with the founders and contributors to this movement to ensure that these histories and memories are preserved in an accessible way. We want people nationally and internationally to be able to see this work.

Can I contribute photos, videos, newsletters?

Yes! You can contribute in a number of ways. Donate material (see below for what we’re looking for), volunteer to scan images or upload content, or contact us if you have other ideas. We’d like the opportunity to publish all the materials we digitize. If you have questions, restrictions, or concerns, let’s talk!

Have us digitally archive your materials

  • We’ll set-up an in person or phone meeting
  • We’ll collect your materials, digitize them, and return them to you
  • You’ll provide a hard drive, pre-paid shipping, and we’ll send you the digital files
  • This process can take 3-6+ months or more depending on the amount of materials you have

Email or upload your digitized materials

  • Send us your histories if they’re already in digital format!
  • If you have a lot of materials, contact us and we’ll send you a private upload link

Have us convert your work

  • If you have old media on vhs, zip drives, dvds, etc, we’ll convert them
  • You’ll provide a hard drive, pre-paid shipping, and we’ll send you the digital files

What kind of material are you looking for + what information do you need?

We’re open to many different types of materials. The content we’re looking for needs to related to LGBTQ AAPI history/personal stories. A journal entry from a non-LGBTQ AAPI event you attended, photos of friends from pride, past art events or exhibitions. It’s pretty expansive.

  • Photos
  • Newsletters
  • Fliers
  • Personal stories
  • Home movies
  • Visual arts
  • and more!

If you contribute materials, we would also appreciate:

  • Location information, down to the address if possible
  • Date (year is great, year/month/day is best)
  • Description: who is in the photo, what was the event about, etc
  • Copyright and publishing release (see below)

Are you allowed to publish the work? Am I allowed to give you this work to publish? (Copyright)

We’re taking the time to get permissions and release forms from everything we can. We’re using public domain materials from previously published works and working with individuals and organizations to digitize their materials. Here’s a brief breakdown of who owns what and why. These are general guidelines. If you have specific questions, let us know. We are VERY cautious about “outing” people and not publishing personal information (emails, home addresses, phone numbers, etc).

The person who took the photo owns the right to the image. If the photo has people in it, and it was taking in a public space (on the street, at a march, etc), then it can be published. If an image was taken in a private space (church, a home) and there’s an expectation of privacy, you need permission from the people in the photo to publish the image. Yes, even if you took it. To ensure all of your bases are covered, a model release is required.

Articles + Newsletters + Publications
Unless there is a written contract between a writer and a publication, the writer has copyright over all their written work. If a writer may signed an exclusive contract to publish their work with a particular media outlet, then that outlet might own the copyright or publishing rights. We’re contacting the original publishers and/or creators to ask permission.

These are a little trickier because they involve so many more people, sound, music, etc. There are very similar guidelines to photographs. If the film is fully produced, you can simply ask the production company or owner of the copyright. If it’s a home movie, then it’s best to ask the people in it if it’s okay to publish.

We’ll work with you to answer any questions, but are not lawyers. California Lawyers for the Arts is an excellent resource for copyright questions.

I have a lot material, like a whole room. Can you still help?

Yes! Sine Hwang Jensen is a key consultant on this project. She’s a librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies library and can speak to you about the potential of donating large amounts of work. We can also help you begin the process of organizing, recommending best storage practices, and providing archiving guidelines.

Who is doing the work?

Lead artist, Mia Nakano, has over 20 years of experience working in photo labs, digitizing and cataloging media. Nakano trains and works directly with interns from collaborating organization, API Equality Northern California. She oversees proper digitization and handling of materials. Sine Hwang Jensen is a consulting librarian trained in best practices of physical archiving and cataloging.