Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢) is a zine that explores Cantonese cultural identities and histories. Drawing upon decolonial practices, it presents creative work from Cantonese people, including essays, poems, photography, and comics. It is a project being organised by a small group of artists and writers of Cantonese heritage living on stolen Whadjuk Noongar land.
Zou Mat Je is a zine for anyone who is interested in the visual and literary arts, and for people who are interested in cultivating a deeper understanding of Cantonese culture, including the ways in which this culture is expressed and negotiated in diasporic contexts. We plan to publish four issues of this zine over the course of the year, with the first issue launching in April 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 empathetically 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, to pay contributors for their work, and to pay for the costs of hosting an event to launch the zine to the public.
The end result will be a zine of roughly 30 pages, compiling creative works across different mediums, which we will sell at our launch event. The proceeds will fund the production of the zine’s second issue.