Our Words, Our Truths by Dr. Ada Cheng

Thursday, May 4, 2023 5:30 – 6:30 pm

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610

This eclectic presentation will map out my own journey as an Asian American and immigrant storyteller and delineate how my personal stories reflect and mirror the urgent social concerns of our time. It also includes my experiences as a storytelling producer, who engages in community-based storytelling. This workshop aims at providing community builders with the foundational skill set to build intimate communities through storytelling.

The workshop includes the following components:

I. Why is storytelling important to our understanding of personal and collective experiences?

II. How can we use personal stories to critically reflect urgent social issues of our time, such as racism, xenophobia, gender-based violence, etc.?

III. What does community-based storytelling mean? How do we use personal storytelling for collective identity formation and community engagement?

IV. How can we strategically use storytelling to address the issue of equity, beyond diversity and inclusion?



  • Asian American
  • Storytelling
  • History
  • Anti-Racism
  • America
  • Immigration
  • Intersectionality
  • Equity



The presentation takes approximately 45 minutes, with extra time at the end for Q&A, making it approximately one hour.

This event is open to all ages.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/#nav

An elevator and wheelchair accessible entrance is available. For additional accessibility accommodations please contact info@imss.org.


Image courtesy of Dr. Cheng.