NOte from the editors
Readers and contributors of Yellow Noise, we’re excited to announce that Yellow Noise will be re-launching with a new editorial team under the new name of re:asian. The new editorial team will build off of the strong foundations laid down by the original creators and incorporate our own unique visions for this platform, which include making more space for non-East Asian identities.
Our mission remains to give voice to Asian-identified youth living in the U.S. and Canada. Since mainstream (white) media has repeatedly failed to give space to Asian-created content and perspectives, we’re making our own space, to fill with critical and political writing and art. We are excited for the release of powerful, playful, and subversive content that will both question and honour Asian identities.
As an editorial team, we seek to understand how other marginalized identities, like class, caste, gender, sexuality, and disability intersect with and complicate Asian identities. Thus far, our content and name have been East Asian-centric, perpetuating how Asian-designated spaces have been dominated by East Asians. We’d like to ensure that the experiences of all Asian identities, including South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian folks, are validated on this platform. We want to create content relating to solidarity with other marginalized groups. This also means acknowledging that many Asian-identified people living in Canada and the U.S. are settlers on a land that was stolen from Indigenous people. re:asian serves as a collective imaginary, envisioning a society without the confines of white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and heteronormativity.
Finally, we hope re:asian can remain a place where community is cultivated, where people can find others that can empathize with and validate their experiences.
We're excited about the upcoming changes at re:asian, and we hope you are too! Be on the lookout for new content and calls for submissions in the near future. If you’re new to the platform, we hope you’ll consider contributing to and engaging with the content on re:asian. If you have supported Yellow Noise in the past, thank you, and we hope you will support re:asian in the future. This is a learning and growing process for all of us, and we appreciate any ideas or criticism you may have.
Signed, the editors of re:asian
Read our mission statement and land acknowledgement here.
Who we are...
I was born in Toronto, but my family is from Gujarat, and I spend most of the winter sulkily threatening to return to India. I’m still trying to figure out what being South Asian means to me, after having spent most of my childhood trying to erase any evidence that I was different from my white friends. Slowly, haltingly, and with help from my family and friends, I’m piecing together a South Asian identity – one that involves food, dance, anti-oppressive politics, and lots of discussions about body hair.
Right now I live in what’s known as Montreal, on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka land, where I study philosophy at McGill and work as the Features Editor at The McGill Daily. I’ve written for NOW Toronto, GUTS, and Chatelaine, among others. I’m thrilled to be part of the re:asian team, in such great company in the task of making Canadian and U.S. media a little less white. You can follow me on twitter at @saima_desai.
I’m a mixed race Chinese person raised in San Francisco, on colonized Ohlone land. I spend most of my time in Tio’tia:ke (also known as Montreal), on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka land, studying East Asian Studies and World Islamic & Middle East Studies at McGill and organizing for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I write, edit, create films, and have worked as an editor at The McGill Daily. My identity in relation to being Chinese has changed a lot throughout my life (and still is changing).
I am a second-generation Filipinx womxn living on unceded Coast Salish Territory. I care about representation, and I value the impact of sharing our experiences with each other. Growing up, I instantly latched on to Asian women on screen. Sook-Yin Lee and Hannah Sung, you mean a lot to me.
I work with digital media to tell stories. My stake in re:asian is about connection. To feel connected, to connect people, and to collectively develop a media platform where we are seen and see ourselves.
I am a recent grad that lives in New York City. Being a bi-racial, multi-ethnic Japanese person living in the U.S. has greatly influenced my life. Combining acceptance and rejection in various degrees I have fought to understand myself in changing contexts.
As a creative, I have recently started exploring many mediums of visual art. In the future, my goal is to create pieces that provoke meaningful conversations between people that wouldn't have interacted otherwise.
I love reading the history and personally discovering the stories that were not taught in my high school U.S. history class. Believing there's endless beauty all our experiences, I become frustrated when stereotypes don’t allow greater society to appreciate them.