Established in 2005, the first issue of the Mellow Yellow zine was first created over a decade ago aiming to explore what it meant to be Chinese living on colonised land. In conjunction with the upcoming Auckland Zinefest 2017, which will take place on the 30th of July, we have decided to release issue #8 of the zine and are searching for contributions both locally and internationally.
For the 8th issue, we are hoping to have a dominant theme surrounding memories of migration or childhood experiences, in relation to gender and culture. Topics you could think about include: family heritage and histories, questions of identity and belonging, visiting your homelands after growing up in diaspora, intergenerational issues, tensions with family/community surrounding feminist politics.
However in saying this, we welcome any submissions reflecting Asian experiences in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this could include but are not limited to: experiences of oppression and discrimination due to identity, histories of colonialism, response to yellow peril narratives in the current state of politics, moments of solidarity in history or within personal experiences.
We welcome writing, artwork, poetry, rants, how-tos, prose etc. in te reo Māori, Pākehā or any Asian languages. Submissions are open to all genders but priority will be given to marginalized genders. Please note that you must be an individual of Asian heritage to contribute. Keep your writing style informal and accessible to all. The submission deadline is 15th of July, 2017. Email your work to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mellow Yellow wishes to create more dialogue on issues which are specific to our experiences. It’s about opening up a space in which Asian feminists in Aotearoa can speak and communicate our specific and diverse experiences, to counter the dominant white feminisms and left-wing politics, to challenge colonialism, racism, sexism and all forms of unjust social hierarchy. We exist to support struggles for decolonisation, to create understanding between all oppressed peoples, to support each other, to inspire solidarity and organise collectively for a better world.