Dare to Tell: Telling Asian American / Asian Diaspora Stories with Dr. Ada Cheng

Dare to Tell

Telling Asian American / Asian Diaspora Stories with Dr. Ada Cheng

Do you want to tell stories to connect with people emotionally and to create intimate communities with others?

There are two parts to this workshop/circle. During the first half of the session, we will discuss central tenets of this art form and learn how to craft and tell stories. Participants will have the opportunity to share personal stories during the second half of the session if time permits.

It is more urgent than ever to tell Asian American / Asian Diaspora stories. Stop by to learn some general principles and embark on the journey of personal storytelling.

A man speaks passionately into a microphone. Photo credit: Sam Moqadam.
Photo credit: Sam Moqadam

Chicago gender and diversity speaker Ada Cheng smiles and points to the camera.

Instructor Bio

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She is the producer and the host of five storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, Speaking Truths Series, and This Is America: Truths through My Body.

She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise.

She currently works as the Education and Outreach Specialist with Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC, providing training on issues related to gender-based violence. Her interests span multiple fields, including academia, storytelling/performance art, and advocacy.

Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.