Below, you can find more information about the community members we’ve interviewed through the Dragon Fruit Project. Within the individual profiles, you can find their biographies, selected quotes from their interviews, and full transcripts of their interviews.
You can search profiles using the search box at the top of the page. You can also filter profiles by thematic tags by clicking on the “Filter profiles by theme” button below. Finally, you can browse through our index of interviews, organized by release date.
Stay tuned for more interviews to be released!
Alexander Lee is a transgender activist who has done tremendous work for the transgender community.
Activism, Childhood, Familial Relationships, and Transgender
Alice Y. Hom
Alice Y. Hom is a queer Asian American writer and community activist.
Activism, Childhood, Coming Out, Community, East Asian Experience, Familial Relationships, Generational Differences / Gaps, Race, and Self-Identification
Amos Lim is a gay Singaporean activist who has worked extensively on issues concerning immigration.
Activism, Community, Immigration, and Southeast Asian Experience
Amy Lin is a queer Chinese activist currently advocating for immigrant rights.
Activism, Community, East Asian Experience, and Immigration
Ansel Chen is a nonbinary second generation Chinese American.
Childhood, Coming Out, Familial Relationships, and Gender
Canyon Sam is a Chinese-American writer, activist and performance artist from San Francisco, California.
Activism, Childhood, Coming Out, Community, Familial Relationships, Gatherings, and Politics
Cecilia Chung is a trans Chinese activist from Hong Kong.
Activism, Coming Out, Community, East Asian Experience, Mental Health, and Transgender
Creatrix Tiara is a genderqueer artist and activist from Johor, Malaysia.
Discrimination, Familial Relationships, Gender, Race, Self-Identification, and South Asian Experience
Devesh Khatu is a gay South Asian activist and dedicated marathon runner who moved to San Francisco from Mumbai in 1992.
Dipti Ghosh is a queer South Asian woman from India.
Activism, Community, Familial Relationships, and South Asian Experience
Ellen Tanouye is Japanese American and grew up in San Mateo, California. She has three sons, a brother, and a partner, Suzie.
Grace Kong is a 34 year old Cambodian American and lesbian currently living in the Bay Area. Grace is an organizer committed to social justice and community empowerment.
Activism, Community, Familial Relationships, Romantic Love, and Southeast Asian Experience
Jenna Rapues is a transgender activist who works on issues of public health, HIV prevention, class identity, and immigration.
Childhood, Familial Relationships, HIV/AIDS, Immigration, and Transgender
Jess Llarinas is a Filipina and Mexican-American lesbian, identifying as a mixed race woman who has dated women of all different races.
Disability, Incarceration, Mixed Heritage Experience, and Race
Joyce is a queer Chinese activist who has worked with a HIV/AIDS agency and is active with the queer Asian Pacific Islander women community.
Activism, Coming Out, Familial Relationships, HIV/AIDS, and Religion
Kat Evasco is a queer, undocumented Pilipina artist-activist, active in her work toward immigration reform.
Activism, Familial Relationships, and Immigration
Myron works for the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse in Washington DC.
Activism, Coming Out, Familial Relationships, Mental Health, Parenting, and Race
Shirley is a queer Chinese woman who grew up in the South and is currently living in the Bay Area.
Community, East Asian Experience, Gatherings, Race, and Self-Identification
Steve Lew is a LGBTQ activist and 5th generation Chinese American born in Watsonville, California.
Activism, Coming Out, Community, HIV/AIDS, and Race
Teresa Lau is a queer activist and healer who grew up in Maryland outside of Washington D.C. and is the daughter of Chinese immigrants.
Activism, Coming Out, Community, East Asian Experience, and Familial Relationships
Nikki Calma, better known to her community as Tita Aida, is an HIV/AIDS and transgender activist from the Philippines who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Activism, HIV/AIDS, Race, and Transgender
Vincent Crisostomo is an AIDS activist and Program Manager at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Activism, Coming Out, Community, Familial Relationships, HIV/AIDS, and Pacific Islander Experience
Willy Wilkinson is an award-winning writer and public health consultant who has worked extensively with health service providers, educational institutions, and social justice organizations to develop culturally competent service approaches for LGBT populations, with an emphasis on equal access for transgender individuals and families.
Activism, Community, Familial Relationships, Marriage, and Transgender