Storytelling, or reclaiming our selves through our words.
I’ve been thinking about various cultural ideas of silence when it comes to Asian women, the ways that our words and voices are so often unheard or discounted. I’ve been thinking of the roles that Asian women play in fairytales and myths and in today’s media, and the ways they compare to the roles we play in real life. I've been thinking of the stories and images we Asian women create for ourselves, as compared to those fed to us by others.
More than all of these things, though, I’ve been thinking that it’s time for us to celebrate our stories, our diverse identities as Asian women. Let's take the reins into our own hands and become our own storytellers.
Some questions you may want to consider:
- Who are our storytellers?
- How do we communicate/experience our stories, and how do we pass them on?
- How do our specific perspectives (as sourcelanders, as various types of diasporians) affect our storytelling?
Notes on submissions:
Contributions do not have to be limited to essays; remyths, fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry, and videos or artwork that explore facets of Asian womanhood are most decidedly welcome!
Submissions from women and men of color and allies are all welcome, provided that the focus of their contributions is Asian women. To reiterate what ciderpress has stated:
The definition of Asian, within the scope of this carnival, includes people from East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, North Asia, Southeast Asia, Far East, Middle East, Near East and people of Asian descent living in non-majority Asian countries. The definition of women, within the scope of this carnival, includes transwomen and cisgendered women.
The deadline for submissions is