Mental health is a big concern for Asian Americans, but one that our community still struggles to talk about. The Asian American Literary Review is trying to lay all its cards on the table, so to speak, by raising $23,000 through Kickstarter to create a set of 22 Asian American tarot cards reimagined to focus on mental health themes in the AAPI community, while also nodding to the fortune telling practices that are traditional in many Asian cultures.
Here’s what AALR’s director, Lawrence-Minh Davis, a mixed-race Vietnamese American, says about the project:
It’s really important to us that the deck be an extension of existing fortune telling / spirit work practices that have long been a part of Asian American community life. We didn’t want to create a parody but a deck that could actually function in readings, only doing more to echo and foreground what are perhaps the invisible contours of Asian American life.