MOONROOT is an ongoing collective project about race, gender, and bodies that began in 2011. It is an evolving experiment in building loving, radical community. As self-identified womyn, trans*, and genderqueer persons of Asian Pacific Islander (API) descent living in diaspora (whether East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, hapa and/or mixed), MOONROOT is an attempt at deep community building across borders and geographies. We believe that because our multiple and intersecting identities often render us invisible and misrepresented—even within our own communities—reclaiming our voices is a radical act. Our first issue was released in Fall of 2011 and our second issue was recently published in the Summer of 2012.
MOONROOT, as manifested in zines, is our collective’s attempt at carving a small, but sacred, space for the voices of womyn, trans*, and genderqueer persons of Asian Pacific Islander descent that continues to grow. Through this, we are able to share our love, pain, and joy with each other and affirm our existence in a world in which our voices are marginalized, misunderstood, or ignored. The ten pieces in MOONROOT #1 all touched on the theme of bodies through poetry, prose, visual art, and magic. MOONROOT #2 is an edited anthology of 19 pieces that engage with the theme of routes and migration, whether through geographical or temporal space, journeys of the heart, or reflections on change and movement.
- want to contribute seed money for future issues?
- want a copy with a fancy cover?
- want to distribute the zine?
- want to give us feedback?
Email: moonrootzine (at) gmail (dot) com
We encourage you to print, distribute, and share our zines with your friends. Also, if you are a self-identified womyn, trans*, or genderqueer person of API descent, come join the MOONROOT community. We love you.