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    Old Gold Mountain

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

    This piece by the stellar Jackie Gu was excerpted in our Fall ’15 issue. Here’s the full piece, which you can see either here in .pdf form or as pictures…

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    SUBMIT to VISIONS FALL 2015

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    VISIONS is accepting submissions for our Fall 2015 issue! Please submit your art and writing to visions.brown@gmail.com by Friday, October 23th at midnight. We accept all forms of literature and art, from prose to poetry, painting…

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    A Return to the Borders

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    Two years ago, when Jess X. Chen was still an undergraduate at RISD, she sent us this essay for publication. Although we decided against accepting it due to…

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Old Gold Mountain

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This piece by the stellar Jackie Gu was excerpted in our Fall ’15 issue. Here’s the full piece, which you can see either here in .pdf form or as pictures down below. Enjoy!

Excerpted in Fall '15 Issue.

By Jackie Gu. Excerpted in Fall ’15 Issue.

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SUBMIT to VISIONS FALL 2015

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VISIONS is accepting submissions for our Fall 2015 issue! Please submit your art and writing to visions.brown@gmail.com by Friday, October 23th at midnight. We accept all forms of literature and art, from prose to poetry, painting to photography. We publish as many pieces as we can that fit our themes of identity and culture, as well as Asian and Asian American art broadly defined. We welcome submissions from artists and writers of all ethnicities and nationalities.
 
VISIONS is Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design’s Asian/Asian American literary and visual arts magazine. Our publication highlights and celebrates the diversity of our Asian/Asian American community. We are committed to being an open literary and artistic forum for Asians and Asian Americans, as well as other members of the university community, to freely express and address issues relating to both the Asian and Asian American experience. VISIONS further serves as a forum for issues that cannot find a voice in other publications. To learn more about us or view past issues, visit us online at http://visions-magazine.org/ or like our Facebook page!

A Return to the Borders

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Two years ago, when Jess X. Chen was still an undergraduate at RISD, she sent us this essay for publication. Although we decided against accepting it due to space constraints, we recently have decided to publish it on our website in honor of her return to RISD campus with Will Giles as part of their “Last Words * First Songs” API*A Poetry tour, which WORD! and VISIONS are co-hosting. In this piece, Jess articulates many of the themes that her work continues to explore: how we are able to move through the borders that exist in our everyday, defying conventions with our art as will. We at VISIONS hope to continue existing as the bridge that spans borders, between RISD and Brown, between Asian and American.

Beyond Borderlines

by Jess X. Chen

Performed as the 2013 RISD Undergraduate Commencement Speech

Beyond this microphone are five hundred artists who have never been in the same room together for four years. Beyond this room is the Rhode Island Convention Center, beyond these walls, is all the local communities of Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond that is the rest of our lives on Earth.

It is no accident that we have been brought together in this room today.

If there is anything that being here at RISD has taught me it is; “the only boundary between art and design is “convention.” 1

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A STATEMENT FROM A COLLECTIVE OF AAPI STUDENTS

October 8, 2015
Brown University
Providence, RI

INTRODUCTION

We, a collective of Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students at Brown University, write this statement out of deep concern for the recent decisions of the Brown Daily Herald (The Herald) to publish egregiously offensive and racist content.

The Herald’s staff privileges writers who continue in the legacy of white supremacy, further marginalizing students already systemically oppressed by the University. In an effort to recenter and stand in solidarity with Native and Indigenous students, we call attention to The Herald’s errors and their history of racism. Due to the racist underpinnings of this incident, we also call AAPI community members to interrogate the ways in which we are complicit in the erasure of Native and Indigenous people. Moreover, we cannot view AAPI and Indigenous identity as separate—there are AAPI people who hold Indigenous identity. We, as a community that experiences a continued history of racism and colonization, must evaluate, address, and decolonize our own actions. Finally, we aim to hold both the The Herald’s staff and the University accountable for the violences they perpetuate against Native and Indigenous peoples, and broader communities of color at and around the University since its inception.

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Indigenous People’s Day

Edited by Paige Morris ‘16

*Disclaimer: This piece represents the writer’s views on Indigenous People’s Day. It is in no way, shape, or form representative of all of Native Americans at Brown (NAB) or Indigenous Peoples across the world.

 

Yá’át’ééh, shí éí Ronald Charles Scott, Jr. yinishyé. Naasht’ézhí Tábaahá nishłí, Tsénjíkiní báshíshchíín, Áshįįhí dashicheii, dóó Kiis’áanii dashinalí. Chʼínílį́déé naashá.

Hello, I am named Ronald Charles Scott, Jr. I am of the Zuni Water Edge Clan, born for the Honeycomb Rock People of the Cliff Dwellers People Clan, my maternal grandfathers are of the Salt People Clan, and my paternal grandfathers are of the Hopi Sun Clan. I am from Chinle, Arizona, which is in the middle of the Navajo Nation reservation. By this traditional introduction I am showing you who I am, who my relatives are, and who I represent. I am currently studying abroad for the fall semester at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

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Spring 2015 Issue!

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Hey y’all! Our spring 2015 issue is now out, and you can find it under our “current issue” tab or on our ISSUU account here. We had so many amazing submissions this spring, and we are incredibly proud of the newest release. Read, enjoy, and share the experience!

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Submit to What Does POC Solidarity Mean to You?: A Collaborative Zine

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**What does POC solidarity mean to you?**
VISIONSSOMOS Latino Literary Magazine, and OBSIDIAN Magazine—Brown/RISD’s literary and visual art magazines centered on people of color and their experiences— want to start a conversation on solidarity among communities of color. We are creating a collaborative zine to start what we hope will be the first of many discussions on this topic.

Share your writing and visual art engaging with the topic of solidarity in POC communities. Email submissions in 300dpi .jpg, .doc, .docx, and .pdf formats to the Brown Publications of Color Collective at BrownPOC@gmail.com by March 15, 2015.

[event poster credits to Alex Karim at OBSIDIAN]

Facebook event here!

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Spring 2015 Submissions Now Open

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VISIONS is officially accepting submissions for our Spring 2015 issue!

We publish work of all genres and mediums ranging across poetry, painting, translation, photography, non-fiction and sculpture.

We ask you to provoke our notions of identity and culture. To challenge the idea of a single Asian or Asian American experience.

Please send your art and writing to visions.brown@gmail.com by Thursday, February 26. Images must be 300 dpi or higher. We look forward to reviewing your work!

 

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“A Visual History of the #UmbrellaMovement”

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Editor’s Note:

This essay was initially slated to appear in the Fall 2014 issue. However, our print vendor is based in the People’s Republic of China, and as we found out at the very last minute of production, PrintNinja is subject to Chinese censorship laws. Thus, they could not print the magazine if it included this documentation of the Hong Kong protests.

In order to receive the magazine in time for our biannual release event, we were unfortunately forced to pull Larry’s essay from the print issue. We printed it domestically as an insert that will appear in 300 select copies.

We were angered and disappointed by yet another case of censorship. In retrospect, perhaps we should have foreseen the implications of outsourcing our printing to China. But more importantly, this incident served to remind us of the privileges that we often take for granted, of the absolute necessity and right to freedom of speech and press we all deserve. It reminded us of our position as university students in America and of our privilege to publish in a forum such as VISIONS.  We must remember that injustice anywhere impacts us all, and continue to draw attention to the ongoing struggle for universal suffrage and democracy outside the United States.

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A Visual History of the #UmbrellaMovement
photo essay by Larry Au

July 1st March: This year’s march was the biggest since it began in 2003

July 1st March: This year’s march was the biggest since it began in 2003

Perhaps more out of luck and habit than anything else, I happened to be able to watch events develop in Hong Kong this summer until the eruption of the so-called “Umbrella Movement” at the end of September. After graduation, I returned to Hong Kong, where I witnessed the annual July 1st March, a tradition since 2003, when half a million took to the streets to protest the implementation of national security legislation perceived to curtail civil liberties. This year’s march was the biggest since it began. What would otherwise be a thirty-minute walk from Causeway Bay to Central took over six hours to complete. In the tropical summer heat and sudden downpours, the call from those gathered was clear and simple: “Let us have a genuine choice for our 2017 elections”.

When the National People’s Congress handed down their decision on August 31, very few had expected it to be as restrictive as it was. Even pro-establishment and pro-Beijing politicians were caught by surprise.

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