amanda (they/them) is a queer han chinese settler based on the unceded, occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sʔəl̀ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. They are currently working on a thesis project around the erotic mediations of techno-Orientalist aesthetics, and the critical ambivalence that registers such as virtuality or “Asiatic” skin produce. In particular, they are thinking with Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and Larissa Lai’s The Tiger Flu in the process of writing about relationality, fantasy, and the eroticized intimacies of power within queer Asian transpacific literatures.

amanda creates poetry and artwork in the form of zines, illustrations, and published work in Room Magazine, Augur Magazine, LooseLeaf Magazine, and elsewhere.

Portrait credit: Divya Kaur