양 주희 / Marissa
Honesty, bravery, and constant vigilance.
I’m a queer nonbinary feminist, an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist loudmouth because it is not enough to merely have a backbone: use it or lose it, kid — as bell hooks says, “love is an action, never simply a feeling.”
I believe fashion and self-esteem are important and political insofar as self-care is a revolutionary act. (All the better to dismantle the patriarchy with…)
Even these vain “about me” sections are political because we must insist upon the power of our own identities and declare them to a world that’s systematically trying to erase dissent.
My poor, immigrant family comes from nothing, but I received full funding for my B.A.s (English Literature, Français, African Studies) and I give thanks for and check this higher education privilege all the time. I’m a multiracial Korean (etc), poor vegetarian (difficult but possible), book snob, wine snob, puppy enthusiast, extremist, femme. I stand in solidarity with many, and to do so humbly, I try first and foremost to LISTEN.
I score weird grants to travel and do research on French immigration policy, transgenerational art and culture from West Africa to France, neocolonialism in educational NGOs, the development of a literary canon as a means for postcolonial nation-building, and places of divergence and mutation in intersectional & transnational feminism. Stateside, I’m mobilized in POC/APIA/LGBTQQIA* coalition work and activism, applied & experimental postcolonial theory, navigating poverty and access to education & healthcare, critical race theory, literature/language as society[reality]-constitutive and political, ET CETERA, AD NAUSEAM. Subversion ↔ survival.
I have a lot to learn.