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

Newport becomes first in Vermont to adopt form-based code for zoning

first_imgAt the December 6, 2010 Newport City Council meeting, Newport became the first municipality in the state of Vermont to adopt form-based code into its zoning by-law. Form-based code is graphic form standards that regulate form of building rather than use of building. It has a positive approach illustrated by its language of ‘build to lines’ rather than ‘set backs.’ Form-based code defines desired development patterns.‘Form-based code is a three-pronged approach to zoning,’ stated Paul Dreher, Newport City Zoning Administrator. ‘It benefits the city with increased tax base, business benefits from expedited predictable permitting and it benefits the community with better public realm.’Newport accomplished this in only eight months because of partnership. Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for community and economic development for downtown Newport, the Newport City Planning Commission and the Newport City Council worked together bringing resources and commitment to the process.‘Adoption of form-based code in record time through the hard work of numerous people and really proves that grass roots efforts pay off,’ stated Paul Monette, Newport City Mayor. ‘This type of zoning greatly improves the ability for the city to attract development while maintaining our historic downtown. While change does not happen overnight, this zoning will help initiate change and much-needed growth.’‘I am elated with the formal passage of the new Forms-Based Code by the Newport City Council,’ said Monette. ‘Newport City is the first in the State of Vermont and one of the few in the country to pass this type of code into its zoning bylaws.’In 2009, Newport was the first municipality in Vermont to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) grant for a Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT). The team held community meetings and focus groups with community members and produced a report of recommendations for the City to pursue in planning development and re-development of its downtown and waterfront on Lake Memphremagog. One of its recommendations was to adopt form-based code. If the downtown buildings fell down under the old zoning by-law, it could not be built to replace the fabric of building forms. Form-based code does.Source: Newport City Renaissance Corporation. 12.7.2010‘Form-based code is efficient because it takes away the variance process which slows things down when a project is being developed,’ said Patricia M Sears, Executive Director of Newport City Renaissance Corporation. ‘Form-based code allows for long term vision for the city’s downtown.’Because form-based code promotes mixed use for buildings, with retail on ground floor, offices on second floor and housing on the top floors, Newport is looking forward to form-based code refreshing neighborhoods and promoting entrepreneurs.‘Newport can truly say it is ‘Open for Business’,’ declared Charlie Elliott, chairman of Newport City Planning Commission.last_img read more

The interest of British tour operators and airlines for Croatia is growing

first_imgDuring the second day of the World Travel Market (WTM) at the stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli held meetings with tour operators and airlines Thomas Cook, TUI, Ryanair and Saga.After the meetings, Minister Cappelli stated that he expressed satisfaction that the partners plan to expand their business in Croatia and that Croatia remains one of their most important markets. “Today we received confirmation from the most important partners in the British market that our tourism policy is moving in the right direction and that the Croatian market represents an exceptional tourism potential in which they plan to expand their offer. The London WTM fair traditionally brings the first impulses on which we base our estimates of tourist traffic trends in the next year, and based on the knowledge we received today, I can say that next year we will continue positive trends from the British and I believe other markets. Regardless of the return of competition from the markets of Greece and Turkey, the announcements and expectations are at the level of last year with the planned growth of up to 7 percent. ” said Minister Gary Cappelli. The number of arrivals from the UK is directly correlated with the number of flights from the market and the length of the flight period. The vast majority of flights start at the end of April and the beginning of May and the flights last until the middle or end of October. The tendency is to extend the flight season every year, and the same is expected in 2019, which was confirmed at WTM meetings. During the meeting at the fair Niall O’Connor i Gary butler Ryanair confirmed that it will open eight new routes to Zadar Airport in the new season, from the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Germany, and two new connections to Rijeka Airport, London and Manchester. On behalf of the tour operator TUI David Burling, Helen Caron i Lucy Ling at the meeting with Minister Cappelli, they pointed out that they are doing excellent business with our country and noted that they plan to introduce a new tourist tour City break on the route Zagreb-Plitvice-Krka-Split. During the first ten months of this year, British tourist arrivals increased by 8 per cent to almost 850, while overnight stays rose by 8 per cent to almost 4,4 million. British tourists mostly traveled to the regions of Dalmatia – Dubrovnik (36%), then Dalmatia – Split (23%) and Istria (20%), and spent most nights in hotels.last_img read more

Department war

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Bulldogs And Twisters Win Boys Tennis Sectional Openers

first_imgThe Batesville Varsity Tennis Team defeated Milan 5-0 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the Sectional Tournament.Batevsville will play East Central on Thursday at 5 PM at South Dearborn High School. On the other side of the bracket, Oldenburg Academy defeated Lawrenceburg and will play South Dearborn Thursday at 5 PM. The winners will advance to the Sectional Championship on Saturday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Dean Elrod 6-0, 6-3#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Luke Rehn 6-2, 6-2#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman defeated Jared Burton 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles- Matt Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Travis Butte and Sam Rehn 6-4, 3-6, 6-4#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Paul Hawk and Josh Bixler 6-0, 6-1Batesville is now 16-4 on the season.The Oldenburg Academy Twisters defeated The Lawrenceburg Tigers 4-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Premier League season kicks off

first_imgArsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the season.The Gunners are without Laurent Koscielny who’s banned, while Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are fitness doubts.Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra miss out for the visitors due to muscle problems. Kick off at the Emirates is at 7.45last_img