Homegrown Zines and the Making of New Worlds and Futures by Young People of Color

Rossina Zamora Liu (University of Maryland, College Park)

We discuss a community partnership between a university and nonprofit-community agency supporting low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American young people. Specifically, Homegrown Zines is an art-based counterstorytelling workshop centered on the racial-cultural experiences of Black and non-Black young people of Color. We highlight four young people’s multimodal-zines, and how zine-making facilitated their remembering of origin stories and experiential knowledges around colonization and racism. By repurposing found-materials and personal artifacts, they created zines via magazine-collages, origami-sculptures, and graphic-novels that cohered around their ancestors, gendered-racial identities, connections to land, home, racial healing, and making of new worlds and futures outside of racism.

Part of 03-06 Seeds for New Worlds and Racially-just Futures: The Shared Roots of Folklore, Education, and the Arts, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm