One night, Tara found herself at dinner with four first generation kids with nontraditional careers, and what followed was an enlightening conversation on what it means to be a first generation kid in a creative field. During that dinner, the group touched on the struggles and hardships they’ve endured as children of immigrants who didn’t choose a prescribed career path, but forged their own.
The conversation was a rarity—and as soon as Tara realized how exceptional it was for her, she knew there were other kids who needed to have that conversation too. In April 2018, she expanded on that dialogue by hosting a space at Soho House Chicago for her peers to speak on their experiences, at the intersection of culture, career, and creativity.
Radical Diaspora derives from that panel, but as a live, one-on-one interview series that takes an in-depth look at one person’s story. While the first panel only consisted of first generation kids, Radical Diaspora will be more inclusive, highlighting young people who have close ties to their homeland, and who are involved in a creative pursuit.
Tara Mahadevan bio
Tara Mahadevan’s work as a journalist is an effort to champion music discovery, and emerging and indie artists—and to dig deep into the communities that rear them. Her writing has appeared in Noisey, The Hundreds, The Village Voice, The Fader, Pigeons & Planes, and Chicago Tribune, among others. She is the co-host of the WGN podcast The Cornerstore, is currently working on her first book, and previously taught Young Chicago Authors’ journalism program, the Chicago Beat.