RAISE: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast

RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) is a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group on the East Coast. We aim to create safe spaces in our communities while advocating for humane immigration policies. Through political activism, leadership development, community education, and coalition building, we work to reclaim our dignity as pan-Asian undocumented peoples. RAISE organizes on the grassroots level to reimagine justice and demand liberation for immigrants in America.

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the first-ever zine by and for undocumented Asian women

RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) and DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center are proud to announceAMPLIFY(HER), the first-ever zine by and for undocumented Asian women. 

AMPLIFY(HER) is a counter-narrative project that aims to empower and encourage women-led storytelling that is crucial to our identities and survival.

AMPLIFY(HER) is looking for art, prose, poetry, short stories, photography and/or mixed medium submissions from undocumented Asian women (including trans and gender non-conforming folks) on how they understand and navigate their intersecting identities in today's society. Drawing upon black feminist thought, we understand that we do not experience our gender, class, race/ethnicity, legal status, etc. individually, but are melded into an experience singular to each of us.

We welcome all artists, of all ages, and strongly encourage inter-generational dialogue. Submissions may be submitted in any language with accompanying English translation. For each selected submission, the artist will receive $100 honorarium. The 2 artists selected for the cover or spread will each receive $150 honorarium. The selected pieces will be published in our zine, which will be available in print and online. Deadline for submission: May 6, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:
There is no fee to submit your work. All artwork should be submitted electronically. (Some exceptions may be made for those who do not have access to a scanner.)

To submit your artwork, please go to amplifyher.submittable.com. The following information is requested:

-Name (
anonymous submissions are welcome)

-Preferred Gender Pronoun

-Title of artwork

-City and state of your current residence

-Country of birth / ethnic background

You may publish your piece as "Anonymous." If, however, your piece is selected for publication, the editorial team will be in touch about your legal name and address so that a check may be mailed out to you.

Poetry, prose, and short stories should be submitted in PDF format. Word limit: 10,000.

Print dimensions can be any size. 
Prints should be sent in as JPEG files if PNG is not available. Note: please be sure to review your converted JPEG file to make sure it has not been distorted or compressed in any way.

If scanning artwork or photography, the image resolution must be at least 300 dpi or higher.

For 3D work, please include up to 5 images (front, back, sides and a reference scale). Please photograph your artwork against a white background using as high as resolution as possible. Please include a ruler or another object for the 5th image to indicate scale.

For comic art or cartoons, include up to 8 images.

Artwork, prose, poetry, or short stories that were previously submitted to other zines or award contests but were not selected for printing may be re-submitted to AMPLIFY(HER).

Questions or concerns? Email us at amplifyher.zine@gmail.com 

This project is made possible through a generous grant from the Asian Women Giving Circle and a partnership with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).

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About RAISE: Because every one of us has a story to tell...

"I can't get a job. I can't start a career."

"I can't totally relax. I have to be careful of what to say, and what not to say."

"I can't have my parents by my side."

"I can't sleep at night, because I'm worried about immigration agents breaking down my door."

Why We Rise is a compelling new documentary short featuring three brave young Asian New Yorkers who reveal what it's like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light.


Why We Rise was filmed by Brian Redondo (be.net/brianredondo) and Corinne Manabat (corinnemanabat.com) with the support of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

Why We Rise premiered May 20, 2013 in front of a packed audience at #UndocuAsians, a theater performance by RAISE at The Culture Project.

Join these RAISE members in their fight for change at raisenyc.tumblr.com.


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We want to meet fellow Asian American undocumented youth interested in creating this space. Contact RAISE members at info@aaldef.org to join the movement.

If you are a member of the press and interested in finding out more about RAISE and talking to our members, please contact raise@aaldef.org.

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