Kai will work on a storytelling zine titled Loving the Borderline while in residence. Loving the Borderline is a project rooted in Kai's own life. The zine touches upon several interlinked themes including: intergenerational trauma, migration, madness, and gendered violence. As a community worker, Kai believes these issues are both widespread and intimately connected; as a survivor, Kai believes that activist circles are past due for a frank discussion about them; and as a writer, Kai hopes that personal and collective healing can begin through the telling of stories.
Kai Cheng Thom is a transwoman of Cantonese descent and a third-generation settler on Turtle Island. Kai is a child of the railroad, le chemin de fer, the fire horse. Her ancestors’ bones were pounded into the iron spine of the colonial nation state. Kai is a writer, spoken word artist, community worker, and therapist-in-training who resides in Montreal.
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