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Kayhan named a White House Champion of Change

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 the White House recognized ten individuals from across the country as "White House Champions of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling."
These ten individuals were selected for their leadership and tireless work to raise the visibility of diverse AAPI experiences and create dialogue around issues the community faces. The White House and White House Initiative on AAPIs are honoring artists and advocates who have used unique channels and diverse platforms to tell powerful stories, increase awareness around key AAPI issues, and encourage diversity and inclusion in all sectors of society.

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Kayhan named Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow

As part of the research for her new play Tree of Seeds, Kayhan spent 9 months in India investigating Parsi embroidery and textile traditions. Upon her return, the play was given a staged reading in London, at the Actors Centre, during their Women in the Arts Festival. The play was also awarded development support by Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts as part of their First Acts Project.

Kayhan wins Best Writing Emmy Award for We Are New York

Kayhan won an Emmy award for writing We Are New York, a 9-episode broadcast TV drama used as an English language and civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers. It was a project of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York and aired on NYC-TV, Channel 25 & 75. It is currently still in use through the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and through CUNY's language and literacy programs.

Telling Stories to Change the World collects moving and powerful essays from across the globe that speak to the power of storytelling and the resilience of the human spirit. It proves that telling stories, and listening to one another carefully, does have the power to change the world. It’s a terrific collection!
— Dave Isay. Founder of StoryCorps and MacArthur Fellow
Reading this book, we add ourselves to the host of witness-bearers as the vivid, compelling, and unimpeachable testimony of lived and reimagined experience open new vistas for direct action and creative collective response. This collection inspires, instructs, and sets some terrific examples. This is a rare and beautifully curated resource of hard-won joy and deeply flowing currents of renewal.
— Peter Sellars Professor of World Arts and Culture UCLA and Cultural Activist

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