Daughters of Violence

A stack of five Daughters of Violence Zines sit in a cardboard box with a dark green plant on the right hand side of the frame. 

A stack of five Daughters of Violence Zines sit in a cardboard box with a dark green plant on the right hand side of the frame. 

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Issue 2: Food
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Issue 2 of our zine Daughters of Violence is available for pre-sale beginning Wednesday, November 1. The theme for issue 2 is food. Food connects us to our ancestors, nourishes us, transforms our emotions, shapes our identities and helps us forge social connections. Food is what our mothers and grandmothers cooked for us when we were sick. It is what we violently pushed away when we were anxious, stressed, insecure. It is what those white girls in our class made fun of us for, when our school lunch just smelled a little too different from theirs. It is what too many communities of color and low income communities lack access to. It is a traditional knowledge that tribal communities are fighting to revitalize. It is often the only thing that connects us to the people and lands we come from when we cannot speak the language because of forced assimilation of our migrant foremothers. It is what empowered immigrants of color to start businesses when they were shut out of unions. It is what white people exploit when they “fuse” our hip food with another hip brown food. Our food is our history, family, trauma, power and hope.

Featuring poetry, prose, art and recipes by Stephanie Toppin, Christa Mahlobo, heather c. lou, Shani Mandal, Moe Penders, Jannette Cynthia Ruiz, Marina, Paola Quiros, Jess Alvarenga, Rosa Araceli Torres, Ana Carola, Maria Galeano, Sara Yukimi Saltman, Anjali Mehta and Asia Hampton. Edited by Michelle Kiang & Abaki Beck.

Origins of the zine:

Daughters of Violence is a bi-annual zine by women and non-binary folks of color edited by Abaki Beck and Michelle Kiang. It grew from our desire to create an anthology of the contemporary experiences of young women and non-binary folks of color. We first discussed with this idea last Thanksgiving over dim sum and discovered that we had been thinking about this separately. This zine continues the legacy of women of color feminists before us, including This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua and Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman. With Daughters of Violence, we hope to contribute to this literary tradition and movement building with the voices of our generation. Who are today’s young people of color leading the way? How do we support and love each other? How do we continue to create communities and break down stigma and shame?