Jackson Wai Chung Tse | 謝瑋聰 (he/she/they) is a queer, 1.5 generation immigrant, multidisciplinary artist, now settling on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), also known as Vancouver, Canada. They are a MEC Outdoor Nation Ambassador, the business owner of Benevolent Bodywork, and enjoy facilitating and consulting for social change causes.
In mainstream, dominated spaces, Jackson wants to bring more queer folks of colour to build community, give voice to those historically and systematically silenced and oppressed, and reclaim their joy, magic, and self-worth back from colonized ideas. They were honoured to be in the 2014/15 Calgary NextUp cohort.
Since graduating from civil engineering at Queen's University, teaching English overseas, and self-funding travel to 35 different countries around the world, Jackson has decided to move to the West Coast to be closer to their two biggest heartbeats: a best friend and the ocean.
Jackson likes to make love, hold solo dance parties when no one is around, and sink their hands into giant sacks of dried rice. They are a big connection junkie. Really, they're just a Chinese gay hippie unicorn radical faerie full of chocolate, smiles, and light.
Jackson identifies as a person of colour to refugee parents, grew up in a low-income, suburban, and conservative home, and had a deeply religious upbringing. As a sexual assault survivor, they know the importance of giving people the power of choice. They try not to make any assumptions, and they take care to be completely present with the folks they are engaged with. Their facilitation experience comes from their roles at organizations across Canada and the globe, including Next Up, Power of Hope, the North Shore Multicultural Society, Camp fYrefly, Shad Valley International, Tim Horton’s Children’s Ranch, the Quantum Learning Network, the Centre for International Pedagogical Studies in France, the Ministry of Science and Education in Georgia, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, and numerous post-secondary institutions.
Jackson’s soul gets replenished from sharing food in conscious communities, spending time in nature, and expressing their creativity. In 2018, they made their debut with MachineNoisy Dance Society at the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, and premiered their first film, Breaking the Silence featuring legendary Canadian artist Paul Wong, at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. In 2019, they are honoured to be part of the Block A Program Cohort at Playwright Theatre Centre.