By The Gidra Collective
Please email your inquiries or submissions to gidrareturns AT gmail DOT com Gidra is a quarterly magazine.
After white Americans, Black Americans are the largest culture producers in America. Black Americans are also the most targeted by white supremacy. For this issue, we’re looking for submissions from Asian Americans and Black immigrants. We’re pretty loose with guidelines as long as they adhere to our mission statement. However, for this issue in particular, we have a few prompts. Please read them below.
Asian Americans and Blackness in America writing prompts:
Asian American contributors
We’re look for personal stories, personal connections, and first person narratives. We don’t want a story about your racist parents or about racist Asians who don’t speak English. We want YOUR story. We want to know how you came to recognize white supremacy in America, how it affects BIPOC and Asians. If white supremacy seeped into your own family and you, we want to know how you think it happened and what you did about it. In other words, if you’ve argued with your parents about racism, we want to know why and how you came to your position. We also want to know what you do to fight racism where it has power.
Since a great deal of anti-white supremacy work in America has been done by Black Americans and the bulk of white supremacy in America targets Black Americans, chances are high that your gateway moment towards anti-racism had something to do with Blackness in America.
There is also the soft cultural power of Blackness in America. Black music, art, letters, dance, and food permeate American culture. When and how did you come to appreciate and love aspects of Blackness in America?
Blackness in America also has hard power in resistance that endures and persists. When Black Americans fought for their rights, they also fought for the rights of others. The bulk of anti-white supremacy labor was done by Black Americans and continues to be so. Were you influenced directly or indirectly by Black power and resistance movements?
Black immigrants are almost entirely erased from immigrant narratives in America.
We’re looking for Black immigrant and diaspora stories. Revolutionario North African Tacos (www.revolutionario.com) is located in South Central Los Angeles, the heart of Black life in Los Angeles. Black immigrants come from all over the world to Los Angeles and America. Education and socio-economic levels run the spectrum. Within 5 miles of Revolutionario there are Blacktino, Belizean, Jamaican, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Nigerian, and Senegalese communities. And more. There are also Black Migrants at the U.S. Mexico border.
The Word “Immigrant”
The word “immigrant” can be misleading. It’s tainted by the implications of choice and a benevolent America. Some immigrants are refugees or migrants. The word “immigrant” hides the cultural genocide and cultural suicide aspects of assimilation. The word “immigrant” masks America’s real history. Immigrant narratives are often used as anti-Black propaganda. Words are not neutral. They are loaded with ideas and context. Geopolitics can affect an immigrant’s story in complex ways and involve multiple moves over generations. The word “immigrant” suggests that we came to America for a better life. It doesn’t speak of how our lives were destroyed back home by Imperialist powers.
Our Solidarity Zine for Asian Americans and Black Americans.
June 2020, 3rd Print Issue: Asian Americans and War Volume I
The Viet and Korean members of the Gidra Collective talk about war a lot. We talk about the American War in Vietnam (Vietnam War) and The Korean War, which was also a proxy war for the U.S. and Russia; and China to a lesser extent. We have a deep understanding of conflicts, Imperialist geopolitics, and the cost of war. The human cost, the cultural genocide, theft of resources, and our own progress as a people being hindered by a colonizing or occupying force. The wounds of our parents and grandparents still sting us to this day.
We talk about the Global war against Muslims. We talk about The Border Crisis (by Design). We talk about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as a Colonial Occupying Apartheid Force. Hey, we’re Asian, we know Imperialism when we see it. We talk about White Supremacy’s relentless war against Black Americans. We talk about Afghanistan and what’s happening in Kashmir. We talk a lot about our opposition to war.
Yet, the Asian American immigrant narrative has been hijacked by model minorities in the mainstream media. We say, fuck that. Our stories have to be told again by another generation.
We invite Asians and Asian Americans to shit talk about Imperialist Wars.
September 2020, 4th Print Issue. Asian Americans: Beauty, Sex, and Gender Volume I
Call for contributors! We want you to write about sex and gender without a white editor or your parents camping out in your head.
There are no prompts for this issue. We want to keep this one in particular wide open. Please email your inquiries or pitches to Gidrareturns AT Gmail Dot Com
If you want to remain anonymous or are concerned about your privacy, you can email Susan Park smokingkorean AT gmail DOT com (www.smokingkorean.com)
December 2020, 5th Print Edition. Asian Americans and Education: Affirmative Action, Inequality, and Inequity