The SEAD Project

A nonprofit organization

$2,425 Raised by 49 Donors

49% complete

$5,000 Goal

Reimagining Futures for Southeast Asian Diaspora Communities

We're rooted in the fact that our work is for Southeast Asians, by Southeast Asians. With over 100,000, Minnesota is home to one of the most thriving and largest Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese communities in the US. During the month of May, we are asking you to reimagine new futures, just as our elders did when they arrived to America. Our histories show that we have persevered through uncertainty, lack of resources, and interruptions to daily life. The SEAD Project reconnects generations of knowledge through storytelling, educational programs, and creative community building.

The $ goes to:

  • Support our design teams and translators to produce high quality content, visuals, and messages for crisis communication in Burmese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Viet and other critical Southeast Asian languages as needed.
  • Host e-workshops, talks, and safe spaces for Southeast Asian communities.
  • Develop culturally-nuanced and healing-centered resources that are necessary to the physical and mental well-being of Southeast Asian communities.
  • Provide simple design, supplies, and coordination of pandemic necessities to vulnerable Southeast Asian and other BIPOC communities (specifically those who are immunocompromised and elderly).
  • Grow the next generation of emerging creative leaders and futurists who'll nurture a better world for us.

Our Mission

The SEAD Project started with a group of Southeast Asians who wanted to not only connect with their roots and heritage, but to think bigger and beyond preservation as a diaspora movement. Started in 2010, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development) is a creative social venture on a mission to be an accessible community hub that provides streamlined cross cultural workshops, exchanges and knowledge-sharing for Southeast Asian diaspora communities. Through courageous and welcoming spaces, we drive empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally.

Our Programs

  • SEA Heritage Workshops: Hmong, Khmer, Lao & Viet Language and Culture
  • SEA Change Lab: Arts & Advocacy Reimagined
  • Collective Storytelling: Planting SEADS
  • Community Engagement: Healing-Informed Community Conversations

Our Issues: Snapshot of Southeast Asians

Minnesota is home to one of the largest and most thriving Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese communities, post-1975 resettlement era. Research consistently points to Southeast Asians holding the lowest educational and economic outcomes compared to other Asian American groups. This is where SEAD comes in. We believe in community development through what we already know and have: our cultural assets. We’re a diaspora movement facilitating that change through two access points: creative engagement and education. By co-creating with the communities we come from, live in, and thrive in-- we’re empowering the next generation to be transformative in how we view development through language learning and storytelling.

And here’s how we thank you...

We love our supporters. That's why we'll give you a shoutout and a thank you e-card in our languages.

All donations are tax-deductible. Our federal EIN: 47-4088420.

Take a peek inside some of our programming below: 

SEADS: 4 Stories, 20 Minutes features a snippet of selected four stories of the 20 we've collected for our historic "Planting SEADS" anthology.

  Why learn Lao? Meet some of the students who learned the Lao language in just 8 weeks and what the experience meant to them. We offer language classes in Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese.

Organization Data


Organization name

The SEAD Project

Tax id (EIN)



Arts & Culture Community

BIPOC community

BIPOC led, BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


1007 West Broadway Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411



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