Some of our zines are available on Issuu, read them here.
Together Apart (2022)
“Together Apart” was collated in the midst Covid-19 and the uncertainties brought on by Aotearoa’s nationwide lockdown in August, 2021. We welcome a bittersweet yet heart-warming collection of essays and artwork, which resonate the realities of being in diaspora at this time, whether this be the inability to visit family back home or struggles to stay connected with loved ones. This zine was edited by a group of talented Pōneke based creatives Khadro Mohamed, Emma Sidnam and Sochetha Meng, and co-organised with Helen Yeung of Migrant Zine Collective. The project was made possible with the funding of Wellington City Council in collaboration with Wellington Zinefest.
Asian Women Talk About… (2021)
“Asian Women Talk About…” were a series of casual zine workshops hosted by your favourite aunties from Migrant Zine Collective and Creative Creatures in 2021. Driven by a burning desire to decolonise, defetishise and delete the patriarchy, this publication was co-created with all our amazing participants.
Recipes for Resistance (2021)
Inspired by the work of Black, Indigenous, and people of color who were turning to one another to engage in forms of mutual aid and collective care during Covid-19, Recipes for Resistance is a collection of recipes, essays and artworks sent to Migrant Zine Collective last year at the height of the pandemic to capture the nuanced relationships migrants of colour have with food, and how they can act as forms of resistance. This includes works which capture the nostalgia, memories and forgotten histories of home recipes; the (in)visibility of feminist voices in the kitchen; and the reclamation of cultural foods as non-western forms of healing. Contributors in Aotearoa include our friends – Min-Young Her, Nina Mingya Powles, Shivani Narsai, Mia Maramara and Gwen Lin. We hope this publication inspires you to create all kinds of delicious food from the recipes, and more importantly, to reimagine forms of joy, liberation and pleasure in your relationship with food!
Anti-Racist Soup (2021)
Anti-Racist Soup was a zine first conjured in early 2020 to address the rise of Sinophobia and anti-Asian violence during the Covid-19 pandemic against Asian communities in Aotearoa. It was also a statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and how we can work towards genuine solidarity with Black communities as tauiwi (non-Māori) people of colour. This zine takes soup as a metaphor for care, nourishment, relationality and resistance to ongoing forms of racial and colonial violence. Edited by Helen Yeung, Mahdis Azarmandi and Kerry Ann Lee, Anti-Racist Soup features a range of pieces and artworks from activists, writers, creatives and academics of colour.
Magic & Joy (2021)
“Magic and Joy” is a community zine created by Migrant Zine Collective in collaboration with Marc Conaco and Louie Bretaña’s exhibition Syokes at Objectspace in 2020. Using Marc Conaco and Louie Bretaña’s exhibition, Syokes, as a starting point, workshop participants created a collaborative zine that looks into diwata or spirits that have been present in their own lives. This included looking within our personal histories of living or non-living objects that were special to us. A teddy bear, a particular tree, a gift, a beloved pet, a song or something entirely different of sentimental value. For those in diaspora, these objects can hold significant meaning, and at times are all we have to remind us of where we come from. These are objects that give us strength, guide us, make us smile or keep us company, and are infused with memories and love.
H is for (Counter)hegemony (2020)
Illustrated by team member and longtime zinester Sammie Lee, and written by Jasmin Singh and Helen Yeung, this collaborative zine as part of Zinedabaad Collective’s project for #365daysoftype. The idea was to provide a glimpse into our journey of mustering the courage to share, disrupt, organize, educate and design our own narratives. The zine articulates how zine-making, along with the online sphere, has helped us cultivate a different but just as genuine space of belonging for migrants of colour, and more importantly, to offer counter-hegemonic critiques towards the existing status quo.
Memories of Mercury Plaza (2019)
In 2019, Mercury Plaza closed its doors to make way for Karangahape Station as part of the City Rail Link project by Auckland Council. Mercury Plaza has shared significance for many migrants of colour who arrived in Aotearoa in the mid-nineties, and continues to act as a reminder of home for newer migrants, with an array of restaurants which are reminiscent of street food stalls in Asia. In the light of this, Migrant Zine Collective collated “Memories of Mercury Plaza”, a zine to archive memories of the space.
Exploring Identity in Hong Kong (2019)
“What is Identity? Is it a complex and multifaceted construct created by oneself? Or is it a vision we adopt, which is conceived by others? How might we navigate the tapestry of narratives woven for us and the newer threads we individually discover? “Exploring identity” is a collaborative zine between Musubi Hong Kong and Migrant Zine Collective, aiming to discuss the complexities of identity, especially with ethnic minority groups, in Hong Kong.
Snack Zine Club (2019)
Food plays an important social and cultural role for many migrants of colour. It is a way in which we interact with our families, show love to the people around us, teach people about our cultures, and how we remember our homes. Snack Zine Club was established by Helen Yeung and Eda Tang of Migrant Zine Collective, as a way of building solidarity and bringing together migrant communities in their love for snacks.
Unwritten Stories (2019)
As people of colour living in diaspora, we are often disconnected from our heritage, histories and culture, making experiences of generations before us unwritten and lost. Our parent(s) or grandparent(s) may tell us stories when we travel back home, but how much will be retold and how much will be forgotten? “Unwritten Stories” seeks to capture a part of these memories. This zine was inspired by the migration story of Helen Yeung’s grandma, which she researched and wrote about in a high school assignment.
Have You Ever Been With An Asian Woman Before? (2019)
“Have you ever been with an Asian woman before?” was collated by Helen Yeung in collaboration with Gemishka Chetty and Aiwa Pooamorn for an interactive art installation for First Thursdays in July, 2019. This zine aims to offer a space for Asian women to release their pent up anger on experiences of being exoticised, fetishised and treated as the Other, and celebrate their unruly, bold and unapologetic voices.
Racialised Memes 4 the Disoriented Teen (2019)
This interactive zine resource was created in collaboration with Alice Canton’s show “Meme Lord,” for migrants of colour in Aotearoa to explore conversations surrounding shared experiences of race, ethnicity, and diasporic experiences via the humoristic outlet of meme-making.
Goodbye Turmeric Latte (2019)
Living in diaspora, the health and beauty practices of people of colour have often been questioned and made fun of until they catch on to become popular Western fads. Herbs, spices and remedies used by our ancestors are then co-opted and sold at a ridiculous profit margin at your local organic store. “Goodbye Turmeric Latte” is a zine collated by Jasmin Singh and Helen Yeung which aims to reclaim these health and beauty methods that our families and ancestors have used and shared with us, practices that we may continue today.
What does being “Khmer” mean to you? (2018)
This zine was produced by one of our original collective organisers Sopanha Kham through a zine-making workshop at Kon Len Khnhom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Participants were asked to answer the simple question of “What does being ‘Khmer’ mean to you?” This included a number of responses including collages, drawings and writings which celebrated Khmer culture and identity.
EAT IT ALL: The Official AAAH Zine (2018)
In collaboration with the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018, this zine was created as part of the event “Realign The Margins: AAAH Zine Club,” a DIY cut-n-paste, writing, drawing and self-publishing studio held on-site at Massey University Library. Featuring an Asian New Zealand library display, exhibition, free lunchtime talk with Ya-wen Ho & others, and two zine-making workshops lead by Helen Yeung.
GEN M #3 “Migration, Feminism & Diaspora” (2018)
In collaboration with Auckland Central City Library’s Makerspace, issue #3 of GEN M was created through a community zine workshop discussing personal experiences around feminism, migration and being in diaspora.
Musubi “An Exploration of Gender in Hong Kong” (2017)
A community zine exploring gender and women’s experiences in Hong Kong. This zine was created in collaboration with Musubi Hong Kong, an activist group run by Nepalese women in Hong Kong aiming to create change for ethnic minority communities.
GEN M #2 “移民一族” (2017)
Issue #2 of GEN M was collated by Helen Yeung in collaboration with Alice Canton’s award-winning theatre show OTHER [chinese], a large-scale community engagement project which investigated the complexity of Chinese identity in contemporary Aotearoa, examining the everyday lives, rituals, historical events, and memories of Chinese people in diaspora. The Chinese title “移民一族,” roughly translated to “the people of migration,” was given to the zine as a reflection of the shared experiences between the contributions, reflecting emotions behind alienation, displacement and a longing for home.
GEN M #1 “Generation Migrant” (2017)
Issue #1 of GEN M (short for “Generation Migrant”) was one of the first zines collated, and lead up to the creation of Migrant Zine Collective. The zine was self-published by Helen Yeung in hopes of celebrating her Hong Kong-Chinese diasporic background, along with the personal stories of migrant youth in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).