Donald Goellnicht believed in this project when it was just in its infancy. This work is dedicated to Don and his belief in community, collaboration, and generosity.


Principal Researcher

Joanne Leow

Interviews, Photography, Video and Audio Recording 

Joanne Leow

Research Assistants

Allison McFarland, Lizette Gerber, Matthew Hetu and Gabriela Perez Juarez

Digital Archive and Website Design

Jon Bath, Joel Salt, and Craig Harkema, Digital Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Video Editor

 Joanne Crawford, Media Production, University of Saskatchewan

Sound Editing 

Giuliano Gullotti and Allison McFarland

Audio Post

Wayne Giesbrecht, Media Production, University of Saskatchewan


Writers and Artists


Jordan Abel, Wayde Compton, Guadalupe Martinez, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Rita Wong, Phinder Dulai, Cecily Nicholson, Cindy Mochizuki


Clara Chow, Charles Lim, Nuraliah Norasid, Jeremy Tiang, Juria Toramae, Jason Wee, Robert Zhao

Hong Kong

Dung Kai-Cheung, Chloe Lai, Leung Chi Wo, Angela Su, Tse Pakchai, Cally Yu



I would like to acknowledge that a great deal of this work was completed on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis where I am a newcomer and guest. I was also a guest on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

I also acknowledge the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

This project would not have been possible without the support of my family in Singapore, Italy, and Canada. In particular, my husband Giuliano Gullotti who understood the sonic potential of my work from its early days and cared for our household when I was away from it.

Thank you to members of the Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Diasporic forum of the Modern Language Association, fellow seminar participants at the American Comparative Literature Association and other scholarly associations where some of this early research was shared.

I have been lucky to enjoy the support of my chosen and intellectual kin: Nadine Attewell, Phanuel Antwi, Lydia Kwa, E.K. Tan, Thy Phu, Karina Vernon, Cheryl Naruse, Ato Quayson, Katherine Magyarody, Phoebe Wang, Amanda Thambirajah, Rupaleem Bhuyan, Marc Clausen, Lisa Birke, Cindy Wallace, Christine Kim, Helen Leung, Philip Holden, Mayee Wong, Jeremy Tiang, Sheela Jane Menon, Weihsin Gui, Vinh Nguyen, and Brian Bernards.

In Vancouver, I was welcomed by the staff of Centre A, Danelle Ortiz, Wayde Compton, Anne Stone, David Chariandy, Sophie McCall, and Hiromi Goto. For my work in Hong Kong, I am indebted to Angela Su, Chloe Lai, Doretta Lau, Y-Dang Troeung, Chris Patterson, Stephen Weatherseed, and the City University of Hong Kong. In Singapore, I relied on the astute advice and friendship of Sze Chan, Laura Kho, Tan Pin Pin, Usha Das, Jason Wee, Alfian Sa'at, Clara Chow, Laurel Wong, and Juria Toramae.

Thanks to my department at the University of Saskatchewan, support staff, collaborators in the Media Production unit and the Digital Research Centre. In particular to Adrienne Thomas, Wendy Roy, Renée Lepitzki, Jon Bath, Joel Salt, Craig Harkema, jake moore, and my research assistants. Thanks as well is due to the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University where this work began as a postdoctoral project.