Expressing Ourselves, Understanding Others

If we are all unique and different, how do we bridge divides and connect with others? Reducing polarization requires us to make space for a multitude of personalities and perspectives. The work of actively listening to understand another’s viewpoint can help us appreciate where they come from.

“I’m not just another Asian American queer,” said poet Ocean Vuong during a panel discussion at Brookline Booksmith. “I’m also that and a vegan. Someone who likes garbanzo beans.” His talk with Asian American writers Sally Wen Mao and Jennifer Tseng focused on the roles that nationality, representation, and identity play in their writing and in how they communicate and connect with others.

In the collection of discussions below, explore the multiplicity of who we are and see how identity and empathy play a role in meaningful conversation. This series centers on aspects of our identity from age and race to religious identity and gender.

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If we are all unique and different, how do we bridge divides and connect with others? Reducing polarization requires us to make space for a multitude of personalities and perspectives. The work of actively listening to understand another’s viewpoint can help us appreciate where they come from.

“I’m not just another Asian American queer,” said poet Ocean Vuong during a panel discussion at Brookline Booksmith. “I’m also that and a vegan. Someone who likes garbanzo beans.” His talk with Asian American writers Sally Wen Mao and Jennifer Tseng focused on the roles that nationality, representation, and identity play in their writing and in how they communicate and connect with others.

In the collection of discussions below, explore the multiplicity of who we are and see how identity and empathy play a role in meaningful conversation. This series centers on aspects of our identity from age and race to religious identity and gender.

Image: Pexels.com