Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢) is a zine that will connect Cantonese writers and artists across the world, containing creative work from Cantonese people about our shared multi-cultural identities, histories and hopes. As settler migrants, we hope for this zine to explore anti-colonial and anti-imperialist conceptions of our shared cultures. We hope to find ways to be respectful, kind and in right relation to our pasts and our communities, and to People of the Global South, to Black, Indigenous and First Nations people, to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.
Zou Mat Je is a zine for anyone who is interested in creative work of any medium, and for people who are interested in cultivating a deeper understanding of the many forms of Cantonese-speaking culture throughout the world. We plan to publish four issues of this zine over the course of the year, with the first issue launching in May 2020.
Zou Mat Je seeks to foster intercultural solidarity by exploring the relationships between Cantonese people, and the many cultures and peoples that we are connected with around the world. It hopes to broach our complex negotiations with colonialism, imperialism, and cosmopolitanism, in a way that allows for both critical reflection and healing.
Zou Mat Je seeks to promote the creative and critical works of Cantonese artists and artists, and to showcase their talent, experiences, and expressions of self. In this zine, we also hope readers find moments of joy, humour, and contemplation, as they share this journey with us.
The donations raised from this fundraiser will be used to fund the production costs of printing the first issue of the zine and to pay contributors for their work. The end result will be a zine of roughly 30 pages, compiling creative works across different mediums, and an online launch event in May. Proceeds from zine sales will fund the production of the ongoing issues of Zou Mat Je.
The Zou Mat Je team currently consists of Sarah Yeung, Steven Finch, Johnny Doan, Nathan Tang, Stephanie Lai and Alina Tang. We are artists, writers and researchers based in Boorloo (Perth, Australia) on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (land), in Naarm/Birrraranga (Melbourne, Australia) on Kulin country, and in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Artwork by Alina Tang