By Lisa Lee Cathy Park Hong is a Korean-American poet whose works focus on exploring regional and dialectic language patterns and histories of trauma relating back to her…
Please join us in celebrating the release of the latest issue of VISIONS Magazine! As always, our release party will feature amazing student performances, delicious food from Kabob & Curry, Shanghai, and Meeting Street, and more! Come to grab a copy of our beautiful magazine, stay to enjoy our amazing VISIONS community!
If you would like to perform, fill out this Google form. We welcome anyone to the stage!
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This event is free and open to the Brown/RISD and Providence, RI public. The street address of the Underground is 75 Waterman Street.
Join VISIONS and Global Initiative as we discuss how to dismantle western takeovers in art & design fields by taking ownership of your identity within your work. Our chat will focus on how we can harness our creative energy to make the personal political and celebrate AAPI identities. We will also be serving sushi from Yama Fuji!
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Cathy Park Hong is a Korean-American poet whose works focus on exploring regional and dialectic language patterns and histories of trauma relating back to her homeland, Korea, and across the American landscape. Her current work is a series of non-fiction essays about the murder of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, the author of Dictée, a seminal work in experimental Asian American literature. Cathy Park Hong has published three books of poetry, the latest of which is called, Dance, Dance Revolution.
On October 6, Cathy was invited by the Literary Arts department to come speak at Brown about her newest project. I sat down to speak with her about the role her Asian American identity has played in her work and her relationship to language.
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.
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
October 8, 2015
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.
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.
**What does POC solidarity mean to you?**
VISIONS, SOMOS 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]
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