The Queer Asian American Archive project based at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking materials for a new collection aimed at preserving local Asian American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history.
Project organizers welcome donations of various items, such as newspaper and magazine articles, photos, posters, event programs and other memorabilia.
Laura Fugikawa, founder and co-director of the project, was inspired to establish the archive upon discovering that she and her students had limited research options when seeking queer Asian American archival material in Chicago and the Midwest.
“As someone who often uses archival material in my own research, I am very conscious of what is, and is not, gathered and collected,” said Fugikawa, visiting assistant professor of Asian American studies and gender and women studies. “I want students 50 to 100 years from now to have access to the wonderful things local Asian American LGBTQ groups have been doing.”
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