Jul 23, 2021    
7:00 pm PDT - 8:30 pm PDT

Event Type


Heading East to America: Our Journeys, Our Families, Our Stories

In the wake of a rising tide of anti-Asian hate and violence in the time of COVID, Asian Americans have been vaulted from invisibility to the center of the public eye. Yet Americans have been exposed to extraordinarily little information about who makes up the Asian American community. They do not know the immigration history of the many diverse countries and cultures of Asian American families. How is the story different for Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean and South Asian people? Hear from five Storytellers directly as they share very personal, poignant, unsettling, and inspiring family tales about coming to and settling in America.

The Showcase, emceed by Eleanor Clement Glass, will invite audiences to open their hearts and their minds to the unique experiences of diverse Asian communities that live in the United States today. Tracing the origin stories of their families and sharing the experiences of immigrating and integrating into American society, with all its complexities, will be the core of the Showcase. Uniquely, the tales will highlight different reasons for coming to America, different pathways, and the experience that is flavored by different regions of the country.

July 23, 2021 7:00 PM PDT / 10:00 PM EDT

CONNECTED Virtual Conference & Festival: July 21-25, 2021.
Check the full schedule here.

Note: All times on the NSN website are Central Time Zone.

Each year NSN strives to bring together storytellers from every corner of the world to participate in an annual conference with a wide variety of workshops, education sessions, performances, and networking opportunities. We want this year’s conference to be better than ever, but we can’t do it without YOU! From attendees to sponsors to speakers and performers we need new and familiar faces to get involved and help make the National Storytelling Conference the best event yet. We’ll release more information as it becomes available so check back often for updates on keynote speakers, registration, housing, and events associated with the National Storytelling Conference.

Due to COVID-19, NSN’s National Conference went VIRTUAL. IN 2020 we featured 253 storytellers from around the world telling stories, hosting, delivering keynotes, and/or leading workshops and panel discussions. Over 9 days and 82 hours, we trained dozens of storytellers in using this new medium and brought the connection and wisdom of storytelling to homes around the world. We hope 2021 will be just as exciting!


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