Fighting bigotry with art

first_img Authors of their own stories Examining COVID’s impact on Asians and Pacific Islanders Related New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community Sociology Department and UNESCO look at rise in various aspects of racism center_img This past spring, Eric Zhou and Jerrica Li launched The Wave, a new, student-run, pan-Asian literary and arts magazine, with the goal of bringing people together to celebrate art and identity. Their mission took on new urgency amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which first emerged in China, and the ensuing rise of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia here and elsewhere in the world.The Wave’s inaugural print issue was released in February. Since leaving campus, Zhou ’20, Li ’21, and the nine other members of The Wave’s editorial board started a project that launched in May: a digital “Quaranzine” that aims to combat the mounting bigotry by showcasing young Asian voices in art, videos, and writing on an ongoing basis.“Xenophobia is a phenomenon often far more deeply rooted and far more complex than a couple of incidents that we see on the news or social media,” said Zhou, who is from Ashland, Mass., and graduated with an A.B. in English. “The kind of real empathy that art demands of both creator and viewer naturally combats xenophobia, but it also gives voice to truth and to feeling. Even in times of scarcity and isolation … art continually reminds us that there is more to our own individual lives than the daily operations of business and survival.”Li and Zhou found solace in their own writing and artmaking once they returned home, and they thought others might feel a similar drive to create. They also wanted to maintain and expand the community of artists that had come together for The Wave’s first print issue earlier in the semester.The editors solicited submissions between May and July and have posted about one piece per week since the project began, pausing for the month of June to support Black Lives Matter by featuring Black artists. The group plans to publish the entire collection of Quaranzine pieces in a digital volume next month.,Some of the pieces published in the Quaranzine included the poem “pause button” by rising sophomore Yooni Park about life in quarantine, a photography series of at-home life during COVID-19 by Payton Kim ’23 called “Life as We Know It,” and “Masked Celebration,” a watercolor painting of Chinese New Year festivities in London during the pandemic submitted by incoming first-year Erik Zou.“[The Wave] is for those kinds of people” who may be intimidated by other literary spaces on campus, said Li, a comparative literature concentrator from Longmeadow, Mass. “[It’s not for] the person who shouts the loudest, but the multitude of voices that make up the nuanced, real student voices on campus that want to be heard the way they want to be heard and want to listen in safe spaces.”The idea for The Wave was first floated by the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), founded in 2018. Zhou volunteered to run the project and started envisioning the first issue in spring 2019, and Li came on board that summer after returning from a gap year.The name of the publication rejects negative stereotypes about “waves” of immigration and embraces of a new kind of creative movement. In their editor’s note in the first issue, Zhou and Li wrote: “We are a flourishing movement creating art that speaks to our age, our race, our histories and our communities in the here and now… Our wave is not one monolithic force; it is made strong by individual voices giving their truths.”Those guiding principles were the product of some deliberation. Li recalled that before embarking on the project, “It was just Eric and I sitting in a room and asking questions like ‘Should this exist? Can we do this together? If we can, are we the ones to do it? How do we move forward?’,“We had to double and triple our resolve and really push, [because] we became very passionate that The Wave was something that should exist and, despite the barriers, we would see this through.”Besides the help of the other editors, the two sought guidance for the project from Ju Yon Kim, professor of English and faculty adviser for The Wave, and Eleanor Craig, administrative and program director and lecturer for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and representatives from the Asia Center and ASAP.“We have a lean and scrappy team, and every person did so much toward contributing to the overall vision of the magazine,” said Zhou, noting that many on the masthead, including himself, had not worked in editing or publishing before. They learned how to edit, design, and raise funds for the 50-page magazine and website as a group.“This [energy] came from people who wanted to do this regardless of their experience,” he said.Zhou and Li put out a call for pieces in the fall and received more than 70 submissions from Harvard students and others, including poetry, visual art, nonfiction, and short fiction. The team selected 16 to appear in The Wave, including “Tohono,” a nonfiction piece about a trip to the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Arizona by Meena Venkataramanan ’21; a painting from “There Is Life in all Things,” a series of work on diasporic bodies by Kelsey Chen ’22; and the poem “Breakfast” by Jenny Hong ’23, about nostalgia and the complexities of leaving home.,While The Wave “allows people to express their voices about their identities and race issues [in ways] that wouldn’t necessarily be as highlighted or as accepted at other publications,” said Zhou, the team didn’t want to impose a set of boundaries about those identities onto contributors.“We don’t want to put a label on what Asian American art is, or what ‘Asian American’ needs to be wrangled into, or what students at Harvard should be thinking about,” said Li. “We tried our hardest to respect the artists’ visions and do justice to the voices on Harvard’s campus.”At this year’s Virtual Visitas preorientation, The Wave hosted a magazine-making party on Zoom with prospective admitted students, one of whom submitted art to the Quaranzine following the event. They plan to release the second print issue of The Wave in the fall, with Zhou assisting as a newly minted alum.“One of the things that literature, and a magazine like this, [can] do is bridge communities,” said Zhou. “The Wave is part of a larger campus conversation about how we’re going to express ourselves and our identities, both politically and culturally.”“The enthusiasm that we’ve seen just proves that this space, these conversations, and the magazine, are needed on campus,” added Li. “We’re excited to be the shapers that move this into existence, but we’re also excited to see what people create in the future.” ‘I was in Harvard but not of it’ Du Bois Society, named for the University’s 1st Black Ph.D., offers necessary community to minority grad studentslast_img read more

Say No to FOMO: Looking for a fun, affordable Winter escape?

first_imgSave 50% on a luxury cabin with hot tub and fireplace in West Virginia’s New River Gorge, plus get the fourth night free through March 31st.Discover history, nature, culture, cuisine and amazing adventures in one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” – Fayetteville, West Virginia. River Expeditions is the area’s only family-owned adventure outfitter featuring whitewater rafting, float trips, zipline tours, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and more April through October. Their “quiet season” November through March, allows you to reconnect and stay cozy with deep discounts on luxury cabin rentals.Whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous, a family retreat or a girlfriends getaway, the luxury cabins at River Expeditions will exceed your expectations. Conveniently located just four miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, you’re close to quaint shops and restaurants, miles of hiking and biking trails in West Virginia’s state and national parklands, as well as nearby ski areas with skiing, snowboarding and tubing.River Expeditions luxury cabins are spacious and well-appointed featuring five queen beds, two full baths, kitchen, gas fireplace, private hot tub, gas grill, fire pit, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi (should you opt to stay connected to the outside world). November through March their cabins go on sale for half off the regular nightly rate, plus you get the fourth consecutive night. We love this deal!Amenities at the Fayetteville resort during rafting season (April – October) include a full service campground with RV sites, cabins ranging from rustic to luxury – again the fourth night lodging is free, zipline course, outdoor pool and deluxe 18-person hot tub, the iconic Red Dog River Saloon & Grill featuring local craft beer and designer cocktails, The Fire Creek Lodge & Conference Center, kids arcade, gift shop, Wi-Fi, sand volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, disc golf, hiking trails, massage studio and more.Since River Expeditions is family owned and operated, they deliver a level of personal service that only a family can bring to their own business. Owners Rick and Heather Johnson surround themselves with like-minded professionals who are equally passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors with others. The attentive staff is genuinely committed to engaging guests throughout their adventure experience. They especially take pleasure in watching kids learn to love and appreciate adventures in nature that the entire family can enjoy for years to come. Quite simply, River Expeditions doesn’t have shareholders so they are only accountable to their guests. This is just one distinction that sets them apart from other outfitters.Whitewater rafting is the main attraction at River Expeditions, with trips available on the world famous New River and Gauley River daily April through October. The gentle Upper New River offers scenic family float trips which is perfect for multi-generational families with kids age six and up. Kids always raft for half price on the playful section. The New River Gorge is their signature whitewater expedition which is appropriate for beginners, age twelve and up. There are two distinct sections of the Gauley River – each with amazing whitewater and spectacular scenery. Half-day, full-day, multi-day and premium riverside overnight trips are available.Special events and discounts are offered throughout the year, as well as flash sales and deals exclusively for River Expeditions email subscribers and social channels. They even feature fun themed events like the Totally Awesome 80’s Weekend in August and Halloween Party in October, not to mention their Annual Bridge Day Blowout during the final weekend of rafting and West Virginia’s best festival.Connections matter and River Expeditions is connected to their rivers, mountains, communities, environment and especially their guests. Plan your Winter getaway and explore the New River Gorge while you stay cozy in a luxury cabin – on sale through 3/31/19.For more information contact River Expeditions: 800.463.9873 or online at www.raftinginfo.com to download their brochure.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (April 17–April 22)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report.(April 17–April 22)Players of the Week.Baseball:  Robbie Stoner – Southwestern.Softball:  Lexi Wert – Milan.Boys Golf:  Hunter Mefford – Southwestern.Girls Track:  Taylor Cole – Southwestern.Boys Track:  Michael Offill – Milan.ORVC Report (April 17-22)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Syracuse over-relies on Christmas, falls to Clemson for 1st conference loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CLEMSON, S.C. — Asking Rakeem Christmas to do it all wasn’t fair and it didn’t work.He couldn’t defend the basket and the perimeter. He couldn’t work the post and drive the lane. Someone else had to at least score. But for the first 13 minutes of Syracuse’s game against Clemson on Saturday evening in Littlejohn Coliseum, though, no one else did.Trevor Cooney was getting shut out from the field. Michael Gbinije wouldn’t shine until press-and-foul time. Kaleb Joseph improved and Tyler Roberson snagged rebounds, but the bench was short and scoreless.When the final buzzer sounded, finalizing SU’s (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) 66-53 loss to Clemson (10-7, 2-3), Christmas had 21 points — which accounted for 40 percent of the Orange’s scoring — and 10 rebounds, and was the best player on a team that was left searching for more.“Mike and I have been there the last couple games and he had a decent game and I had a terrible game,” Cooney said. “And when that happens we’re not going to win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt halftime the Orange looked as beaten as it had all season. SU was trailing by 21, largely because it was leaving Clemson shooters open on the perimeter, not clutching the ball when they did miss and altogether leaving Christmas with too many messes to clean up.Thirteen minutes into the game, Christmas had nine points and the rest of the Orange had zero. The Tigers had 21.He had asserted himself from the opening whistle, winning the tip and going up over Jaron Blossomgame in the matchup’s first 20 seconds. When SU jogged off for halftime, Christmas had 11 points, but the Orange was getting beaten on the boards. The Tigers had pulled down almost as many offensive rebounds, seven, as the Orange had defensively, eight.“We stopped them in the first half three or four times in a row,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We did play good defense, stopped them, and they got four putbacks.”A Clemson team that averaged 30.6 first-half points per game going into Saturday’s matchup with the Orange had dropped 39 on the Orange.With 7:57 left in the first half, Joseph was scrambling back to his spot atop the left of SU’s 2-3 zone when Donte Grantham caught the ball at the opposite wing.Cooney stood in front of the CU forward, only to back away, leaving Grantham to fire the Tigers to a 21-9 lead.“Our movement was not there at all,” Cooney said.Neither Cooney nor SU’s next most-experienced player, Gbinije, was about to make up for it on offense. Cooney and Gbinije — who declined to speak to reporters after the game — combined to shoot 1-of-10 from the field in the first half and 4-of-19 for the game.Feeding Christmas was only so much of an option when he found himself surrounded by two or three players at every touch of the ball. Tyler Roberson relieved Christmas on the boards with 13 of his own rebounds, partly because Christmas was doubled up in box outs.The game wasn’t changing. Christmas had no margin for error. Still, at the slightest hint of an SU run, the traveling Syracuse fans rallied up chants of “Let’s Go Orange.”One round went up with about 13:30 left in the game. Joseph had cut CU’s lead to 44-28 on the Orange’s last possession. Christmas got the ball on the next one, only to be surrounded by three Clemson defenders and cough up his lone turnover of the game.Thirteen minutes later, SU had run out of ways to extend the game. Clemson, a middle-of-the-pack ACC team, was giving a former manager the fourth appearance of his career.“We’re going to need to find other ways to win games if guys aren’t making shots,” Joseph said. “We got to find it in our heart to dig out these games.” Comments Published on January 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more