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Rematerializing Memory: Co-Constructing the Multisensory Memories of Asian Third Culture Kids (TCKs)

John, Joanne (2023) Rematerializing Memory: Co-Constructing the Multisensory Memories of Asian Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: John, Joanne

Rematerializing Memory is a research project that explores themes of memory, identity, loss and belonging within Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Toronto's Asian Diaspora. Having been identified as global nomads or cultural chameleons, the lived experiences of these individuals are often characterised by their constant mobility and transiency. As an inevitable by-product of these experiences, feelings of unresolved grief and loss begin to arise as their insider-outsider relationship with culture continues to challenge their sense of belonging and connections to their cultural identity. Using miniature models to recreate the memories of its participants in conjunction with a multisensory approach, this immersive installation seeks to answer the project's research question on whether the co-construction of memories can be used to bring healing and reconciliation when addressing feelings of unresolved loss and grief towards the notions of fragmented self-identity. This project aims to demonstrate cultural preservation and reconnection through the creation of space for these voices and stories that are often unheard. Highlighting that these memories—however mundane—are valuable pieces of an individual’s culture and identity. Through this, the project invites others to share in these experiences, creating nodes of connection and empathy with those who share the land that we live on.

Date: April 2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: Third Culture Kids, Co-design, Community, Culture, Digital Fabrication, Immigration, Installation, Memory, Narrative, Asian Diaspora, Spatial Design, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Deculturation.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2023 18:08
Last Modified: 08 May 2023 18:08
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4007

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