Tell us about your first ____.

In celebration of the (re)launch of re:asian, our first issue will be themed “Firsts.” We’re looking for essays, interviews, journalism, short fiction, satire, poetry, comics, illustrations, photos, and videos that tell us about your firsts, and explore the concept of firsts in the personal, political, and cultural spheres.

Tell us about your first love, first home, first memory, first time returning to where your parents grew up, first piercing, first time you travelled, first time you felt beautiful, first piece of writing or artwork, first bowl of ramen.

Tell us about your first broken heart or broken bone, the first microaggression you remember, first time you felt your body as racialized, first major failure, first panic attack, first time feeling lost, first time you felt alienated from your family or culture


Topics you could think about:

Are firsts more important than other iterations?

Are you different before and after a first?

Youth, naïvete, and initiation; mentors; firsts that came too early or too late under white supremacy; birth, rebirth, and eternal recurrence; firsts that are also lasts, or firsts that are also forevers; dismantling or complicating the myth of virginity; thresholds and liminality; nostalgia and the issue of ‘accurately’ remembering firsts; birthdays, funerals, and graduations.

Submit to by January 30, 2017 (written submissions should be approximately 500 – 4,000 words). Feel free to email us earlier with questions, pitches, fragments, or ideas that you’d like feedback on. Selected submissions will be published online at, and potentially later included in a zine (with the creator’s consent).

At this time we are unable to compensate contributors – though we’re working on it! Selected submissions will be edited by the editorial team of re:asian in collaboration with the author/creator.