The journal features contemporary critics, writers and artists related to Southeast Asia in an interview.  This is done to understand how important it is to have people creating art out of their relationship with “the normal” as a regime of power and to appreciate how they help us learn what it means to live, to hope, to lose, and to love, among many other things.

[read full interview by clicking the name; read biography by clicking image thumbnail]

gian-cruz_portrait_low-res  GIAN CRUZ: You as Me was realized at a time in my life where I wanted to get over myself, so I thought of doing a self-portraits project where I had other people stand in for me. The project also...

khanh-aiden-nguyen  KHANH "AIDEN" NGUYEN: Vănguard was conceptualized as a zine and a group of people who would advance art and culture within the queer Vietnamese community. In terms of how this project has changed me, it has strengthened my value in queer kinship and finding one’s tribe....

vina-jie-min-prasad  VINA JIE-MIN PRASAD: I started seriously writing when I was nineteen, as I got very irritated with the profound lack of amusing fiction in my life. I soon realised that writing fiction that I wanted to read was quite different from reading fiction that I wanted to read (and much more painful), but I persevered anyway...

john-by-fendi2  JOHN H. McGLYNN: In addition to work by many of Indonesia’s popular and “canonized” authors, I have translated and published work by Indonesian exile authors, guest workers abroad, former political prisoners, feminists, and other Indonesians whose voices are not often heard...

  DARYL QILIN YAM: What I am saying is, queer people in Southeast Asia are all in hiding, and yet they are also all in plain sight. We are there and yet we are not. I can’t think of another way to describe it.

  CT_QSEA CHRISTIAN TABLAZON: I had been fascinated by old photos in our family albums annotated by my mother’s stories. I had been fascinated by how they are records of another time and place, and yet they are more than that; they are remnants of previous lives and affects, and there is a strong spectral quality to them.

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