On October 19th, the API Equality – Northern California family gathered to make our place on one of the most widely used online encyclopedias ever: Wikipedia. Using the LGBTQ API oral histories from our Dragon Fruit Project, we trained volunteers to create and edit Wikipedia pages for organizations and individuals. By the end of the day 12 pages were created and edited! Check out the live blog from Vida Kuang, one of the Dragon Fruit planning committee members.
9:30 AM PST: Check in Question: Why are you here today?#ourhistorymatters
9:30 AM PST: Our happy dedicated wiki-hackers.
9:35 AM PST: “By the end of the day, all 17 of us will leave this building armed with the tools to accurately document our stories on a digital encyclopedia!” – Esther Kang
9:40 AM PST: Anirvan Chatterjee from Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour dropping knowledge on creating collective knowledge.
9:50 AM PST: Linda Nguyễn gives us a tutorial on how to edit and create pages on Wikipedia.
10:00 AM PST: Hard at work.
“How does it feel to be here?”
“Historic. It’s amazing. The thing to recognize is that this has never been done before. To have this event happen during my lifetime… I can’t believe it, it was never foreseeable. It’s amazing. I can’t tell you how emotional it feels to be able to be putting our work into the mainstream. Before, it seems like we didn’t exist in people’s eyes. This gives a validation to everything we’ve ever done. By doing this, you’re part of a movement that is never going to stop. You can always be inspired, no matter where you are.”
– Crystal Jang
11:25 AM PST: One of our newest published pages is up: Hyphen photo editor and founder of the Visibility Project, Mia Nakano.
12:00 PM PST: Lunch Break with Mala Nagarajan, writer for the Timeline of South Asian and diasporic LGBT history.
1:00 PM PST: Back to work after lunch break.
“How did you get here today?” “I flew up here for Fall Break. I go to school at Pitzer College in Southern California and decided to be a part of this #Dragonfruit edit-a-thon. It’s refreshing being here and to be documenting API LGBT history.” “What page are you working on today?” “I’m editing the Timeline of South Asian and diasporic LGBT history”. – ReyRey
Ellen and Suzie share their story.
Photo credits: Mioi Hanaoka and Sammie Wills.
“What are you working on today, and how does it feel?”
“I’m having so many feels. I’m in total awe of this person who I’ve never met, but whose work I’ve heard of. It’s really surprising to research this person and see what they’re connected to. It’s surprising to find out how –we- are connected, how I’m close to this person I’ve never met. I feel like I kind of know her. I’m hoping that people who read her page can find a connection too, like their community is also growing.” – Cam Bui
Wiki Edit-a-thon was a success! Thank you everyone for coming today to re-write & make history! History is NOW! History is HERE!
Today, we created/updated the following articles on the internet’s Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia:
Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center
API Queer Women and Trans Community
Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma
Timeline of Asian and Pacific Islander Diasporic LGBT History
Timeline of South Asian and Diasporic LGBT History