Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut
Cracking Open the Dialogue of Our Families: Racial Micro aggressions and Whiteness (A Panel and Writing Workshop)
Nerio Educaiton Center, June 13, 2015, 1:00pm-2:20pm
“As transracial adoptees, cultural workers and authors, we—Lisa Marie Rollins and Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut—have both written extensively about negotiating racism and white privilege in adoptive families. These difficult aspects also commonly play out among interracial and multiracial family members and relatives. It is a challenge to delve deeply into these painful moments, especially when they occur with family members and community we are close with, or with whom we spent our childhood years. This panel will be structured in two parts. First, a panel where we plan to each read a short personal essay based on our experiences about micro aggressions in our families. Next an interactive workshop, where we would lead participants in short, guided writing exercises around exploring their own experiences and providing space for sharing stories. Finally we will work as a group to develop collaborative strategies that will support ourselves and push our families to have more open dialogues around racial difference, hybridity, and privilege.
This workshop is targeted to adult adoptees and adult multiracial sons/ daughters with secondary attention focused on those considering parenting or those parenting. All are welcome.
Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut is a poet who teaches literature and creative writing in Los Angeles. She holds an M.F.A. degree in poetry (2002) from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. degree in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California (2012). Her first book of poetry, Magnetic Refrain, was published in February 2013 by Kaya Press and she is currently working on a second book of autobiographical, critical essays entitled Vaguely Asian: Being In-Between As A Korean Adoptee, and a literary novel, Missing Persons.
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