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Dear World

Dear World

By Ohio Progressive Asian Women's Leadership
Welcome to Dear World, a podcast and radio show hosted by OPAWL, an organization committed to building collective power and AAPI feminist leadership in Ohio. In each episode, we bring together Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women and nonbinary/trans folks to share their exuberant, messy, complicated and… real stories about living in the intersections of culture, gender, sexuality, geography, time, class and experience. Every episode will bring forth a different theme where we ask our guests, if they had a chance to share their story with the world, what would they say?
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Dear World: He(art) Work
In our sixth episode, join Balpreet (she/they) and guest co-host, Rebecca Nelson (she/her) as they chat with Gisela McDaniel (she/her) about art, healing, and solidarity for survivors of violence. Gisela is a diasporic indigenous Chamorro artist based in Detroit. Her work is based on healing from her own sexual trauma and reflecting the healing of women and non-binary people who have survived sexual trauma. She intentionally incorporates survivors’ voices in order to subvert traditional power relations and to enable both individual and collective healing. Transcription of this episode is found here:
July 16, 2021
Dear World: Paper Trails
In our fifth episode, join Tessa and guest co-host Reiya Bhat as they chat with Eunice Uhm (she/her) about the impact and complexities of the American immigration system on family histories and experiences. Eunice is a PhD candidate in History of Art at Ohio State University studying the conditions of migration and the diasporic aesthetic subjectivities in the works of contemporary Japanese and South Korean art from the 1960s to the present. Transcription of this episode is found here: 
May 08, 2021
Dear World: Spring Beauties
Join Balpreet and our guest co-host, Zoë, as they chat with Aalap Bommaraju (they/them), who is a transfemme/non-binary, queer, Indian American immigrant who takes their pills and wonders why they gender their cat, about beauty standards and how they impact the world. For a transcription of this episode, please visit: 
April 10, 2021
Dear World: Siblings in the Struggle
In our third episode, join Balpreet and Tessa as they chat with Charlie Stewart (they/them) a Black, indigenous, and queer radical organizer living in Central Ohio about the challenges and opportunities of building transformational solidarity between the AAPI and Black communities in the US. Transcript for this episode are available here:
February 21, 2021
Dear World: Seeing in Color
In this episode, join Tessa and Balpreet as they talk with Kathy Nguyen, a Vietnamese American child of immigrants, social justice leader and educator about how their relationships with their racial identities have been impacted by growing up in a racist, capitalist society and how they've had to grow and evolve into the fullness of their beings. Transcript for this episode is available here:
January 23, 2021
Dear World: Year of the Pandemic
Listen in as Tessa and Balpreet chat with Shereen Naser, a Palestinian American school psychologist and researcher, about what 2020, the year of pandemics, uprisings and upheaval, meant for our communities. Transcript for this episode is available here:
December 31, 2020