Who is Jessica?
a Bad a** deaf asian warrior
Looking to art collaborate or individual self-works involving with social justice, cross cultural exploration (hearing and Deaf worlds)
Discussing about -ism (anti-oppression) relates to social justice, and possible collaboration to how accessibility can transparent about access, question to why we need access, what are the alternative to access, and why should you and I have access.
Giving ideas to art works in sounds, visual (films or photography), ASL - body gesture language visual movement thoughts progress into performing POC diaspora experience while uncovering messy learning of identity to reach the true understanding intersectionality to include these important highlights.
DeafPOC NB Queer Asian : Taiwanese and Chinese.
Settler, born in diaspora feeling in Canada.
gender neutral, non-binary: not a male or female. I am in the gray area of the umbrella spectrum
(note: Deaf in a big captalized "D" refers to someone who is part of culturally Deaf community. Knows Deaf culture and ASL as a language. Firmly knows their identity as Deaf.
POC: People of colour and also Person of colour
Settler: recognizing themselves as a settler means they are not indigenous, native and aboriginal identified. Therefore, this is not your land to begin with.
Coast Salish Territories: An unceded land of Coast Salish peoples. These are their nations: Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh, Stó:lo & Tsleil-Waututh nations.
gender neutral and non-binary: is self-explanatory., you are most welcome to use they pronouns however in real life is a different story.
ASL: American Sign language)
I was born here in "Canada".
At the age 3-5, I wore hearing aids till age 18. Around the age 18. I had a surgery and have a cochlear implant (CI) on the right and left with a hearing aid. I move to Toronto, ON for about 4-5 years to go to High school, OSSD and a bit of college in George Brown to take small courses on arts.
I had no thoughts on how I learn Deaf culture nor identity.
Age 19, at the year 2015, move back to Coast Salish territories at the area (Vancouver, BC).
Decided to take ASL in Vancouver Community College (VCC) Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program for a year then transferred to ASL and Deaf Studies at VCC in the hearing and interpreting program. Got a certificate for ASL and Deaf Studies. Mere three years of fluency of learning ASL and continually striving.
Now in for profit social enterprise called Cascadia Deaf Nation (CDN) as one of the stewarding leaders in Coast Salish Territories (British Columbia) (www.cascadiadeafnation.co)