We have reached our initial goal of $5,000! We cannot thank all of our backers enough and are looking forward to getting back to the creative side. However, our fundraising work isn't done! Help us meet our stretch goal to design a curriculum guide for teachers. Thank you for the ongoing support!
I am raising funds to publish a book and companion documentary photo book that highlights Taiwan's growing Black and Latino communities, as well as my own reflection on what it means to be Taiwanese and multiracial in the 21st century. These tales and thoughts will help humanize the layered complexities of globalization, the impact of pop culture on identity, and immigration trends.
Through exploring the hip-hop scene, capoeira community, Latino restaurants, and even expat soccer leagues, I’ve developed a number of friendships amongst Taiwan's Black and Latino communities and we’ve discussed topics ranging from politics to dating to hair care to racism to why they chose to immigrate to Taiwan. Just as importantly, I’ve met a number of locals who are interested in Black or Latino cultures, including some who are raising multiracial children, along with their expat spouses.
Among my favorite memories are listening to salsa music at a dive bar with a Salvadoran from L.A., eating stinky tofu with students from Latin America, record hunting with one of Taiwan’s top DJs, discussing global politics with Taiwan-based African-American scholars, and visiting the reigning reggae dancehall queen’s dance class. The positive response when I tell these stories has been overwhelming and I've already seen the impact that sharing these stories and photos have had on both Taiwanese and non-Taiwanese, generating discussion and sparking people to look at the world just a little differently.
The books will be released with Pochino Press, whose mission is to “publish works that illuminate stories, which originate in the intersections where hybrid cultures not only meet, but form a new sensibility.“
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Press and quotes from backers
Margarita Azucar radio show http://www.mixcrate.com/domingoyu/margarita-azucar-show-11152013-1319824
"If you like these pictures and small stories of my travels in Taiwan, then you will love this guy: Daniel Zarazua, whose family roots ground him in Taiwan and America. Check out his beautiful Kickstarter "Taiwan Is My Home: Stories of the Black and Latino Diaspora. Proud to be a backer of this Oakland-based visionary artist and historian."
Thanks so much Nancie! She's an accomplished cook and author and you can check her out here. http://www.nanciemcdermott.com/.
"Well, I truly think what you're doing is awesome and I wanted my advisees to see your great work in progress. I was hoping that they get inspired and one day create their own work just like you. Props to you on pride, identity, and community!"-Ms. Chung, Oakland Unity High
Usage of funds
I have many pieces of this story, but in 2014, when I will be based in Taipei, I am going to complete this project! The funds will allow me to travel to other parts of the island and explore those areas more in-depth, conduct more interviews, and pay for the design, production and publication of both books. I also need to purchase a hard drive and some memory cards for the extensive photography part of this project.
$6000-develop a companion curriculum guide (a limited amount will be given free to educators!)
$10,000-Hard copies of the photo book, lower the overall production costs, which means the book will be sold for less!
$15,000-Limited edition compilation of music Taiwan in genres such as reggae, hip hop and house by locals and expats
$20,000-Enlist translation services for Chinese
$30,000-Re-release Chinese-language versions of books
$35,000-Enlist translation services for other languages such as Spanish and French
Please note that for any of the perks I am willing to ship outside of the U.S. but contact me directly so I can give you an estimate on shipping costs.
- Robert J. Arnold (U.S.)-martial artist and hip hop MC
- DJ Chicano (Taiwan)-been called the ‘Kool Herc’ of Taiwanese hip hop
- Nina Chien (Taiwan)-music journalist and house music DJ
- Luiz Claudio (Brazil)-samba instructor
- Athenee Elrington (Belize/U.S.)-musician
- Sona Eyambe (Cameroon/U.S.) actor, music producer, parkour practitioner
- Ed Gonzalez (Canada/Mexico)-owner and founder of Eddy’s Mexican Cantina and The Gonzalez Soccer Academy
- Scott "Chops" Jung (U.S.)-producer and MC for The Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American hip-hop group signed to a major label
- Lion (Jamaica)-co-founder of various Caribbean music groups including Black Reign reggae sound system and Jahmuna, Taiwan’s first Caribbean restaurant
- Mr. Chino (Taiwan)-tattoo artist with Chicano-influenced style
- DJ Raby Doo (Belize)-graduate student and one of Taiwan’s top Latin DJs
- Pan Africana (various African countries)-drumming and dance troupe
- Ruby Red (Taiwan)-reggae dancehall dance choreographer
- Elissa Russell (U.S.)-founder of D.A.P.-Descendents of African People, an organization to promote and celebrate the African Diaspora
- Cristiane Santiago (Brazil)-capoeira instructor
- Dr. Victor Willis (U.S.)-university professor and Taiwan resident of nearly four decades
- Vicar Yang (Taiwan)-hip hop DJ and entrepreneur
I have worked in the education field for nearly 15 years including with Stanford’s Upward Bound Program and Unity High School in Oakland California as an instructor and administrator. Throughout my career I have been able to integrate photography and music into the classroom and develop projects, including this one. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some of this work recognized by organizations such as Edutopia and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where I taught for two summer teacher institutes. As a photographer and writer I’ve contributed to a number of publications, including Hyphen magazine, The Oakland Post, Taipei Times, and Detroit’s Metro Times on issues related to cross-cultural identities. My DJ career has crossed four continents and the highlights have been creating life-long relationships across the globe. This book project has allowed me to bring these passions together and I hope it brings us all a little closer. I truly appreciate everyone’s help in making it happen!
Risks and challenges
This project has been in progress for the past few years and is in the final stages so the risks of not completing this book are minimal, particularly as I have a strong support network. The primary challenge is a delay as there is so much more to explore, but I have been developing a pretty tight deadline to help manage this obstacle. The funds will allow me to create a more comprehensive and higher quality final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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