The Hug is inspired by an embrace I had with a U.S. veteran in 2015. This experience led to creating a performative poem, which was shared digitally through The Dance Cafe (The Response, 2020) and performed live at the 2021 VOAF.
The poem takes root in findings of intergenerational trauma, aftermath of war and conflicts, and the feeling of guilt inspired primarily by the aforementioned encounter with a war veteran from a historically belligerent enemy. This solo work is part of a larger series called The Hug Project, which delves into historic events. By taking an open and inviting approach to address some challenges our society is challenged today, the aim is to further understand the complex situation we have living in our diverse community.
I feel the urgency to conduct this research now because living in a multi-racial community here in Canada, we are all being challenged to face our historic past to seek ways to heal, to support the healing of those we wronged, and to improve as a society and coexist together.