Know what we stand for, why we exist, and why we fight.
The Brown Orient was founded in response to the dire underrepresentation endured by creatives hailing from the mainlands and diaspora of South, Southeast, Southwest, and Central Asia. In the midst of mainstream media's conscious erasure of our voices, we utilize independent publishing to weave our resistance into something tangible. We refer to these less acknowledged Asian regions as a greater Brown Asia, an often challenged terminology that is in fact a concrete attempt to reclaim the word that holds more depth than mere association with the stigma that we also fight against: the word that speaks volumes about our color, culture, and collective strength.
In commitment to this promise of uplifting marginalized talents, we choose to exclusively feature writers and artists who identify as a woman or as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, who remain sidelined even within their immediate communities. The Brown Orient is a creative space dedicated to the silenced, the inspired, the enraged.
Through art and literature, we aim to spark conversations that lie on the intersection of race and gender, championing equality for brown-skinned Asian women and LGBTQIA+ folks by ensuring a platform that is founded solely to host their bold artistic expression.
Advocacy Through action
We intend to concretize our mission by translating it to action. More than pledging donation to selected beneficiaries, we hope to participate in more movements and campaigns in line with the plights of underrepresented Asian women and LGBTQIA+. If interested to partner with us, or if you have suggestions on who to reach out to, kindly leave a note at email@example.com.
"I adore The Brown Orient for showcasing amazing stories and artwork by Brown Asians, who are oftentimes excluded in the mainstream narrative. And I just love the editors who are all so lovely and brilliant and who do everything to amplify the voices of the unheard and the ignored, to nurture the literary community and to keep it inclusive and safe." — Nadia Gerassimenko, editor of Moonchild Magazine "The Brown Orient is a timely and sparkling addition to news media and literary journalism about South and Southeast Asia and these nations in diaspora. I was honored and thrilled to be included in the discussion of the vibrant literary traditions out of this region." Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author of "White Dancing Elephants"
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