Digital Transgender Archive

Yanyi Oral History

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Yanyi, a poet and software engineer, reflects on his experiences being part of and building many forms of community, including Asian American community, queer/trans community, and neighborhood communities. Born in China, he immigrated with his family to Canada (and then to the US) as a small child, and has lived in New York City for six years. Here, he talks through the many ways that, throughout his life, he has valued finding and creating communities and systems of support while developing his own sense of identity and dealing with the legacy of intergenerational trauma. (Summary by Jamie Magyar.)

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Identifier
fn106z29n
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Yanyi
Lisowski, Zef
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jun. 11, 2017
Dates Covered
1991 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Places
Canada
China
California
New York > Kings County > Brooklyn
Illinois
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Allies
Appearance
Bathrooms
Bullying
Coming out
Communities
Ethnic groups
Gay-straight alliances
Gender diversity
Gender identity
Libraries
Masculinity
Media
Parents of transgender people
Poets
Public services
Racism
Religions
Representation
Schools
Secrecy
Sexuality
Social media
Students
Therapists
Tomboys
Transgender community
Transgender people
Violence
Work situation
Writers
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 2 hours 31 minutes 6 seconds
Language
English
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