ZINE SPOTLIGHT: 'Fix My Head Issue 3' by Anna Vo

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ZINE SPOTLIGHT: Fix My Head Issue 3

Author: Anna Vo (POC Zine Project’s Race! Riot tour member)

Publish Date: Sept 2012

Description: Featuring interviews with RAD POCs

Format:  Not A3 - they are in US paper sizes

FMH interview excerpts with some of the POC Zine Project Race Riot! tour members (not all fit into this Tumblr post, read the zine for all the interviews!):

“This issue is fucking rad. I’m stoked. There used to be another editor for this zine, but now it’s just me. And that means the focus has shifted, from a zine that was mostly catered for white punk dudes, etc, to a zine aimed at people like me. Hooray! No more apologising, pandering or over-explaining. I don’t want to justify to any more punks why racism or sexism sucks. Or why women/trans* or POC -only spaces exist. I’m looking forward to communicating with and hanging out with more people who get it. Yesssss!” - Anna Vo

“My favorite new zine is MALCRIADA by this awesome queer latina, Suzy X. Shes also in a fierce band called SHADY HAWKINS, here in brooklyn. Theres a shit-ton of rad queer punk in NYC such as GLTR PNCH, PENGUIN, GIRL CRUSH, and  AYE NAKO. Non local new bands Im excited about are LIPSTICK HOMICIDE, CITY MOUSE, & RVIVR (Homewreckers are releasing a split 7” with City Mouse soon,  who are also latina-fronted pop punk) Some rad organizations that are worth investigating are Audre Lorde Project’s SAFE OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM, SUPPORT NY, RITE RIDES, and SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT……… Im so proud of NYC!!! As for websites to check out, I like prettyqueer.com, colorlines.com. My tumblr newsfeed is full of pictures of animals.“ - Cristy C. Road

"Well, it’s just something I’ve noticed while reading the writings of other POCs in and outside of punk.  From calling out white folks on their racism to the very academic task of ‘deconstructing whiteness,’ the focus remains white people.  I think of it in terms of energy.  Who are you giving your energy to?  I think that most people of color are at least subconsciously aware of this conundrum.  Radical brown folks, women and queers love to tell straight, white, male, het folks that it’s not our job to educate them and that if they’d really care, they’d figure it out themselves.  So why do we keep doing it?  I think the answer is that we just can’t shake the feeling that they’re always watching.  You know how feminists talk about the male gaze?  Well, in punk we got the white gaze.  For instance, even though I write a zine expressly for black folks, I am aware that the majority of my audience is probably white.  When I sit down to write that zine, I consciously have to push them out of my mind and focus on telling other black folks & pocs what I want to tell them.  It’s a challenge, but it’s important. Otherwise, white people and their issues and shortcomings will always be at the center of our work.  I encourage all brown people to just try and shake off the white gaze when you’re producing your creative or political work.  It’s called psychic liberation.” - Osa Atoe

“I just wrote a book called The Gift of Freedom, and the basic argument is that a liberal empire like the United States acts through violence to grant the gift of freedom to those who are perceived to lack it, and this is no gift at all but the imposition of debt and more rule. A recurring theme in my own life then is being ungrateful! I came with my parents in April 1975, when the North Vietnamese were close to capturing the South Vietnamese capital. We were 'processed’ through the temporary refugee camp at Marine Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, and sponsored by a Catholic family in Minnesota. I lived there until I was twelve, when we moved to San Diego. We were refugee poor, which meant that much of what we had in those first years was donated by our sponsors and their church; at the same time, my parents had social capital from their lives as middle-class, educated Vietnamese that did not translate evenly in the United States. This meant that I learned to be proud, or otherwise stubborn, and to embrace being the odd one out – which not only meant I was ready for punk, but also that my becoming punk had everything to do with being a refugee, growing up queer.” - Mimi Thy Nguyen

Read Now:

POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour is Sept 24 - Oct 7 through twelve cities. We can’t wait to meet you in person.

READING NOTE: If you want to read the zine two pages at a time, look at the single page icon at the top in full screen mode and click on it. That will take the visual to two pages at a time, and you scroll through by clicking the arrow at the bottom (instead of left to right).