There’s Hope for the Hopeless by Hayli Alyce
"All to often in this world our graphic design skills are directed towards the advertising industry and making products or services so desirable that a person is compelled to stop, read the ad, and possibly go but the item or service. I wanted to utilize my skills in a more meaningful manner. Going beyond business and into the heart of the people.
I wanted this piece to be big, and exist in the environment for anyone and everyone to see. I wanted to affect people on a deeper level, especially the ones in the community who are depressed, suicidal, or just having a time in life where they need to hear the word hope. Hope is so important in life. Without it, we will crumble.”
One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh
Ok, so, before I really get into MY FEELINGS, I have to first point out @sumayyahdaud has written an amazing post about the cultural and historical context of this retelling that is well worth reading.
My own introduction to the narrative of 1001 Nights starts back when I was 8 years old and I got this book called Arabian Nights for Children from a family friend in India (the book is pretty beaten up now but here’s the cover). As you can imagine from the “for children” bit meant that it was hardly going to be as sexually explicit as the original stories. That doesn’t mean that I was any less captivated by the ladies as I admired Shahrazad and Dunyazad for plotting to save the ladies of the kingdom, the slave-girl Morgiana for saving Ali Baba’s ass from forty thieves, and the wise jinni princess Peri-Banu who counsels her husband on appeasing the greed of his father, the Sultan. So, reading Al-Shaykh’s retelling was such a delightful experience for me with so many ladies and their journeys and their desires at the forefront of the story. The fact that the 1001 Nights narrative is ultimately one of female triumph and compassion is shown so wonderfully in the stories nested within each other. Everyone from Aziza to Zumurrud to Dalila to the numerous unnamed but nonetheless compelling women show complexity and humanity that flies in the face of King Shahrayar’s misogynistic preconceptions of women and their place in the world.
FTR, the book has many potential triggers include: violence, dismemberment, murder, sexual harassment (if I remember anything else particular, I will edit to add to this list)
Back in April I posted on the vandalism of several Filipino establishments in Union City after after the renaming of Alvarado Middle School after Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz. Thought I’d also share two local news reports that gave some additional visual content of the incident.
KGO-TV ABC 7: Racist graffiti in Union City targets Filipinos
As I noted on the my post it is reminiscent to the past anti-Filipino resentment in California. I found a little more background on ‘Get Rid of All Filipinos or We’ll Burn This Town Down’ here:
Copies of letters sent to Chief of Police in Sunnyvale, California threatening Filipinos from the James Earl Wood Photograph Collection Relating to Filipinos in California, ca. 1929-1934 The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Note: Sunnyvale is 13 miles south of Union City.
As best put byCarey McWilliams, Introduction, America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan:
“‘It is hard to be a Filipino in California,’” a countryman sadly warned Carlos Bulosan shortly after his arrival in Seattle from the Philippines. But Carlos, of course, had to find this out for himself. ”I came to know afterwards,” he wrote, “that in many ways it was a crime to be a Filipino in California”. That says it about as succintly and accurately as it can be said. America Is in the Heart is a deeply moving account of what it is like to be treated as a criminal in a strange and alien society–one to which the immigrant has been drawn precisely because of the attraction of its ideals. ”I know deep down in my heart,” he wrote, “that I am an exile in America…I feel like a criminal running away from a crime I did not commit. And this crime is that I am a Filipino in America.”
As mentioned, California Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pressing his fellow lawmakers to approve his legislation to require public school instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California.
Night Vale inspired letterpress design, grey/teal handprinted on Vandercook presses. I had so much fun with this design and the amazing presses, I’m gonna miss em. Edition of about 30 with maybe 10 perfect pulls.5x7 on 8.5x5.5 Crane Cotton and French Wood Pulled papers