How did you get to where you are?
What sacrifices did past generations make in order for (your) here and now to be possible? How have government policies and decisions, whether they were made abroad or at home, affected this intergenerational journey? What are the material and immaterial cartographies of your relation to other peoples, Asian or not?
For re:asian’s second issue, we’re looking for essays, journalism, poetry, satire, illustration, short fiction, photos, and songs about LAND & BORDERS, exploring these concepts in personal, political, critical, and cultural terms.
Last fall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained over a hundred Cambodians, many of whom had initially fled the Khmer Rouge government in the 1970s. Since it was uncertain whether Cambodia would allow these detainees to repatriate, the detainees were left in legal limbo, waiting in ICE detention centers for a ruling on their deportation. Last month, a federal judge ruled that it was illegal to deport the refugees without first allowing them a chance to challenge the action in court.
What does it mean to be threatened with deportation from a state that stole land from Indigenous peoples? What does it mean when borders tighten like a noose around our necks? Which of us have always faced the violence of borders, and which of us are feeling it for the first time? What about the borders that don’t exist on maps or on land – borders between flesh, generations, and lovers or strangers? What’s the difference between land and border – are you freer in one over the other?
Topics you could think about:
Terra nullius; manifest destiny; eurocentric mapmaking; Indian (Indigenous) and Indian (South Asian); border police; ICE; DACA; thresholds; checkpoints; being “randomly selected” in airports; “please secure your tray tables for landing”, fresh off the boat; hyphenated last names; adivasi self-determination; partition; statelessness; no-man’s land; DMZ; (white) nationalism; barbed wire; Syrian migrant crisis; Build The Wall; hopping fences; teleportation; eating local; privileges of mobility; the skin as boundary; getting dirt-y, literally.
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11, 2018. Written submissions, except poetry forms, should be approximately 500 – 4,000 words. Feel free to email us earlier with exploratory questions, pitches, fragments, or ideas that you’d like feedback on. Selected submissions will be published online at reasian.com, and potentially later included in a zine (with the creator’s consent). View our Submit page for more guidelines.
re:asian is run by a small group of volunteers and at this time, we are unable to compensate contributors – though we are working towards it. Selected submissions will be edited by our editorial team in collaboration with the author/creator.