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 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 students
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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_