Audrey (she/her) is a 22 year old, second-generation immigrant Filipina settler living in Vancouver–the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She is currently studying English Literature at UBC, with a minor in Creative Writing. Though she is only half Filipino with her mother originally from Masbate and her father of Indian descent, she grew up in a predominantly Filipino household.
Since taking up English Literature, Audrey realized how Eurocentric the mainstream literary canon really is, and she often found herself being one of the few BIPOC individuals in her upper level classes. Although the reality of these white dominated spaces and curriculum isn’t new, the negative implications became a lot clearer when she was introduced to postcolonial literature. She read perspectives from different marginalized populations, and she wondered about the postcolonial experience specifically from a Filipino lens. Audrey wanted to join the collective, and the zine in particular, because it encourages the raw material that would help us better understand the unique experiences of the Filipino diaspora. She wants us to be heard on our own terms, and to help encourage us to take up space in a cultural landscape that historically leans towards erasure.