Students from the University of Washington’s Re-writing Difficult Dialogues class present Ribbons to Roots: The Threads that (Un)Bind Us on Saturday June 6th at 7pm, and Monday June 8th at 3pm, at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre. Performances will be followed by a reception and facilitated dialogue focusing on the themes presented in the play. Featuring student participants in collaboration with local artists, Ribbons to Roots presents personal stories about the Southeast Asian migration experience and the search for a sense of identity and home.

This performance is the culmination of an innovative yearlong course focused on field research, facilitated dialogue, and community engagement. Collaboratively written by University of Washington students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the stories presented in Ribbons to Roots are based on oral histories gathered from members of Seattle’s diverse and vibrant Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, and Indonesian communities. Building upon these oral histories, the working script was further developed through organized student and community dialogues held at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre and the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Under the guidance of co-instructors Theresa Ronquillo and Tikka Sears, students have taken these stories and the contributions of dialogue participants and have produced an insightful multi-media play that addresses the sensitive, and often unspoken, issues surrounding stories of colonization, immigration, and the Diaspora. In the spirit of its inception, Ribbons to Roots is theatre of engagement that seeks to inspire further dialogue through the art of performance.

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Ribbons to Roots: The Threads that (Un)Bind Us is a free event and open to the public. As part of the collaborative nature of the play, audience members are encouraged to join the cast and crew in discussing the themes presented in the play through a facilitated dialogue that will follow the evening performance. Food for the reception will be graciously provided by local Southeast Asian eateries.

We gratefully acknowledge the support and sponsorship of the following contributors: Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington, Ford Foundation, Humanities Washington, Diversity Minor, the Memory War Theatre Project, and the Ethnic Cultural Theatre.

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