Celebrating AANHPI Narratives Workshop Series

Monday, January 22, 2024 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm


This four-session IAP workshop series celebrates and explores the uniqueness and diversity of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) voices, experiences, and identities at MIT and beyond. We will use in-class close reading and reflective writing exercises to foster self-reflection, build community, and help one another develop richer and more meaningful personal relationships to our cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. How do our individual narratives reflect and fit into, but also transform and go beyond the narratives of the communities that we belong to? What do we gain from listening deeply to each other’s stories and developing our capacity to attend to, interpret, affiliate ourselves with, and act on those stories? How does this kind of relational work help us arrive at a deeper appreciation, as individuals and as a community, of what it means to be AANHPI?

Email jchou@med.mit.edu to sign up/add your name to the waitlist. This opportunity is limited to 15 self-identified AANHPI students, with priority given to students who can commit to attending all four sessions (please reach out even if you cannot commit to all four). No work is required outside of the workshop series - all you have to do is show up! We will meet in person for all sessions (location TBD), and students who fully participate and complete the workshop series will receive a free copy of Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings or another book germane to the workshop series. 

Sign-up deadline: January 1st, 2024

About the workshop facilitator: Jonathan Chou, MD, MS, is a psychiatrist and the multicultural community engagement specialist at MIT Medical, Student Mental Health & Counseling Services. He received his MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and his MD from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. In addition to his work at MIT Medical, he is on faculty in the MS in Narrative Medicine Program at Keck, where he teaches advanced narrative medicine methods and practice.

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