This curatorial literary project comes out in a time of continuous and emerging efforts of fighting for LGBTIQ rights in Southeast Asia and after the groundbreaking legalization of same-sex marriage in the US that has effected more resounding trivialized and dogmatized modes of speaking about homosexuality in the region, often climaxing to a decentered view of homosexuality, i.e. away from same-sex desire. While it is true that this “homosexual turn” is generative in ways that provide chances for homosexuals to claim their identity no matter how constrained, the vigilance in the region to persecute homosexuals is still, and shamelessly apparent. Moreover, this spirited undertaking is geared up to queer Southeast Asia, which means to deploy determined resistance against normalized regimes of power that roguishly transform defiant or non-conformist behaviors into manipulatable characterological types misleadingly collectivized and pathologized as “gay lifestyle.”

 

It is through a concerted faith in creative writing and art that we want to nurture the ways in which LGBTIQ and other people, who want to live away from fear and intimidation, re-imagine everything particularly the essential aspects of life that are often designated to displace sexual difference. As sexual citizens and economic producers in/of Southeast Asia, it is viable and inevitable to occupy livable places in the name of equality, to be able to share them with the weak, and to participate in grounded initiatives in eliminating vulnerability, alienation, poverty, and corrupt thinking. The editors of the journal do not pretend that engaging with Southeast Asia means thinking of a monolithic or non-discombobulating region. As definitions of sexuality are historically and procedurally informed by national and ethnic cultures, the possibility of discovering differential, overwhelmingly plural, and untranslatable modalities of sexual identity is in our awareness and expectation. This existential thickness of Southeast Asia is an enriching problem that requires us to constantly make sense of ourselves as inhabitants of the region always in flux of transformation.

 

The journal shall remain faithful to the following objectives:

 

          1. To strongly oppose all forms of violence against people whose lives are coercively identified outside institutionalized habits of heteronormative behavior in the region by providing a platform for marginalized voices and writers and artists of oppressed economic and social background.

          2. To accommodate all forms of writing in poetry and prose, especially the ones which may provide or demand another lens in understanding the transformation, hybridization, or diversity of writing in Southeast Asia, how the region negotiates transnationalism, postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism, and other ideological structures conditioning contemporary imaginary.

          3. To encourage works originally written in a Southeast Asian language and help authors, when possible, in finding a writer who can translate into English such works.

          4. To be a primary resource of Southeast Asian queer art of high artistic merit.

 

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*This journal is deeply rooted in modern biopolitics: one that intervenes with the wide perceptual, economic, or physical deployment of precarity. WE DO NOT CONDONE THE ENDS OF GLOBAL REPRODUCTIVE HETERONORMATIVITY. WE STAND AGAINST ALL FORMS OF SILENCING AND DISCRIMINATION. The body, embodiment, citizenship and its crisis, imaginations of nation, syntax as identity, gender, and sexuality are very crucial structures in this project. If for any reason, the reader is offended by the language or cultural approximation presented here, please inform us.  We need to be accountable. We want to provide a safe space for all of us. Send complaint or feedback to queersoutheastasia@gmail.com.  

 

This curatorial literary project comes out in a time of continuous and emerging efforts of fighting for LGBTIQ rights in Southeast Asia and after the groundbreaking legalization of same-sex marriage in the US that has effected more resounding trivialized and dogmatized modes of speaking about homosexuality in the region, often climaxing to a decentered view of homosexuality, i.e. away from same-sex desire. While it is true that this “homosexual turn” is generative in ways that provide chances for homosexuals to claim their identity no matter how constrained, the vigilance in the region to persecute homosexuals is still, and shamelessly apparent. Moreover, this spirited undertaking is geared up to queer Southeast Asia, which means to deploy determined resistance against normalized regimes of power that roguishly transform defiant or non-conformist behaviors into manipulatable characterological types misleadingly collectivized and pathologized as “gay lifestyle.”

 

It is through a concerted faith in creative writing and art that we want to nurture the ways in which LGBTIQ and other people, who want to live away from fear and intimidation, re-imagine everything particularly the essential aspects of life that are often designated to displace sexual difference. As sexual citizens and economic producers in/of Southeast Asia, it is viable and inevitable to occupy livable places in the name of equality, to be able to share them with the weak, and to participate in grounded initiatives in eliminating vulnerability, alienation, poverty, and corrupt thinking. The editors of the journal do not pretend that engaging with Southeast Asia means thinking of a monolithic or non-discombobulating region. As definitions of sexuality are historically and procedurally informed by national and ethnic cultures, the possibility of discovering differential, overwhelmingly plural, and untranslatable modalities of sexual identity is in our awareness and expectation. This existential thickness of Southeast Asia is an enriching problem that requires us to constantly make sense of ourselves as inhabitants of the region always in flux of transformation.

 

The journal shall remain faithful to the following objectives:

 

          1. To strongly oppose all forms of violence against people whose lives are coercively identified outside institutionalized habits of heteronormative behavior in the region by providing a platform for marginalized voices and writers and artists of oppressed economic and social background.

          2. To accommodate all forms of writing in poetry and prose, especially the ones which may provide or demand another lens in understanding the transformation, hybridization, or diversity of writing in Southeast Asia, how the region negotiates transnationalism, postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism, and other ideological structures conditioning contemporary imaginary.

          3. To encourage works originally written in a Southeast Asian language and help authors, when possible, in finding a writer who can translate into English such works.

          4. To be a primary resource of Southeast Asian queer art of high artistic merit.

 

_________

*This journal is deeply rooted in modern biopolitics: one that intervenes with the wide perceptual, economic, or physical deployment of precarity. WE DO NOT CONDONE THE ENDS OF GLOBAL REPRODUCTIVE HETERONORMATIVITY. WE STAND AGAINST ALL FORMS OF SILENCING AND DISCRIMINATION. The body, embodiment, citizenship and its crisis, imaginations of nation, syntax as identity, gender, and sexuality are very crucial structures in this project. If for any reason, the reader is offended by the language or cultural approximation presented here, please inform us.  We need to be accountable. We want to provide a safe space for all of us. Send complaint or feedback to queersoutheastasia@gmail.com.  

 

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