In the "kavad," a three-dimensional form of traditional Indian storytelling, a box unfolds to reveal the secrets of a particular story. We have chosen "kavad" as the central metaphor for this program as we partner across communities and generations of Asian Americans in the telling of a collective Asian American story.

The Kavad program is of particular significance in that it not only employs ethnological modes of preserving Asian American history but also helps to re-create and re-invigorate our communities through creative work and community dialogue. Through Kavad, Kundiman brings forward the writer as witness, historian, and social activist.