做乜嘢 - Zou Mat Je

Community Arts & Cultural Development

做乜嘢 – Zou Mat Je

Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢) is a zine that will connect Cantonese-speaking writers and artists across the world. It will contain conversations about our shared multi-cultural identities, our shared histories, and to help awaken a hope in our shared futures. We hope to examine our cultural pasts, our mixed heritages and stories through poetry, comics, essays, photographs, short stories, creative nonfiction, and more.

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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

You can find out more information by visiting our Facebook page, or by emailing zoumatje@gmail.com.

Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢) is a zine that seeks to explore Cantonese cultural identities and histories.

Drawing upon decolonial practices, it examines the indigenous pasts of the Cantonese people and engages with the mixed heritages and stories that make up their culture. Zou Mat Je will present creative work from Cantonese people and people who identify as belonging to the Cantonese diaspora. The zine will exhibit a range of poetry, comics, essays, photographs, short stories, creative nonfiction, and more.

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