The Dari Project aims to document and share the life stories of LGBTQ Korean Americans, in an effort to help provide a resource for queer Asian American youth. Launched in 2006, they hope to create a printed resource bilingual resource that will raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and identity in the Asian American community, and help promote cultural acceptance of gay Asian Americans. Here’s the skinny:
Dari Project is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, we seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities.
Since its inception in 2006, the Dari Project leadership has dreamed of publishing the first collection of personal narratives of LGBTQ Koreans as a bilingual resource for LGBTQ Koreans and their friends and families, and we’re so close to making this dream a reality!
We’ve solicited 27 stories from members of our community, which represent multiple experiences, including homo/bi/transphobia in Korean American communities, coming out as an LGBTQ person, building relationships with family, and membership in faith communities.
Thanks to some friends and supporters we’ve been able to get started but we need your help to publish this collection as a bilingual print resource for our community. Your generous contributions will help edit, translate, design, and print our stories this summer. If we can make our goal of $7000, it will help make this book available for FREE to your friends, families, communities, and people you care about.
Head over to the Dari Project’s Crowdrise page to help them reach their fundraising goal of $7000, which will go towards funding the following services for the Dari Project:
- Full Korean and English translation services
- Editing Korean and English Stories
- Publication Design
- Publication Printing
- Dari Project Marketing
But most importantly, providing your friends, family members and allies with FREE copies of the publication to share.