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Honouring Resistance: A performance autoethnography created by a second generation Chinese settler drama therapist working with Indigenous clients using response-based practice

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Honouring Resistance: A performance autoethnography created by a second generation Chinese settler drama therapist working with Indigenous clients using response-based practice

Yong, Bill (2019) Honouring Resistance: A performance autoethnography created by a second generation Chinese settler drama therapist working with Indigenous clients using response-based practice. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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I created this performance autoethnography with an agenda and a bias. My bias is that drama therapy discourses about trauma are causing more harm than help for many Indigenous clients. My motivation with this research is to document my journey of decolonizing my own drama therapy approach by honouring Indigenous resistance and investigating our problematic discourses about intergenerational trauma. As a theatre artist, I have come to understand my experiences through my body, somatically and physically. As a social activist and ethical therapist, I aspire to consistently hold my choices personally and clinically accountable to the greater social reality. As a settler on Turtle Island (Canada), I therefore need to reflect and hold my settler-privilege accountable. As a drama therapist, I hope to process my experiences through both a personal discourse and an academic lens to better serve and understand my clients. This paper delineates my experiences of exploring intergenerational trauma and responses to colonial violence through a response-based lens. It utilizes a performance autoethnography methodology to investigate my personal response, as a second generation Chinese settler born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory, in working with Indigenous clients living in Tiohtià ke (Montreal).

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Yong, Bill
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Drama Therapy
Date:30 August 2019
Keywords:resistance, response-based practice, drama therapy, Chinese, Settler, Indigenous, intergenerational trauma, social justice, performance autoethnography
ID Code:986894
Deposited By: Bill Yong
Deposited On:17 Jun 2020 15:47
Last Modified:17 Jun 2020 15:47

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