Rain Chan

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(pronoun: They/them)

Rain is currently a volunteer counsellor at the 519, while also studying Chinese Medicine. Rain was the co-founder ofWhere Are You From? Collective (WAYF Collective), an art-based activism program for people who identify as Asian (including Southeast Asian, South Asian, East Asians, Asian-Pacific Islander). WAYF offers workshops for youth, running arts events, and creating an online platform for self-representation. WAYF works from to empower Asian youth to develop critical art practices and build activist spaces that challenge dominant culture after decades of collective silence. WAYF’s mission is to celebrate Asian identities and achievements, build capacity for Asian-identified youth, and connect diasporic Asian communities so that Asians can create intentional dialogue that disrupts status quo.

Rain has facilitated many workshops for youth addressing issues of oppression, gender, sexuality, and consent.

Rain finds peace and balance through writing poetry, performance, and various forms of visual arts. Rain’s play The Virus was runner-up for Pat the Dog Theatre Creation 24-playwriting contest. Rain’s writing has been published inPink InkProject as[I]Am, Project 40 Collective and many othersRain’s play Lullaby for the Abandoned was showcased at the New Ideas Festival and Cahoots Theatre Company’s LIFT OFF! Festival.

These days, Rain enjoys consuming artworks created by marginalized communities. Studying astrology and offering readings for the community has been one of the most transformative and healing endeavors that Rain has ever embarked on.

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