• Uprizine

Spring 2020; Foreward (3/3)

By Angelyn Labadan

Translated by Alisa Adkins and Risa Kobayashi

The first time I thought about joining uprizine, was the spring of 2019. The two editors at the time, Hikari and Tricia, came and spoke to my magazine article writing class. After hearing them talk about the mission and the goal of uprizine, I thought,

This is it. This is the platform I need.”

I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write about my experience and share it through uprizine because I just knew that it was the right platform.

However, when the time came to pitch my idea...I started to feel shame, fear and anger.

I wasn’t ready.

As the spring semester came to an end, uprizine was in search of a new editor as both Hikari and Tricia would be graduating that semester. If there wasn’t going to be a new editor, then it was most likely that uprizine would come to a close, especially since most of the other members were graduating as well.

I remember the excitement I felt when they first talked about the zine in my class. Even though I didn’t end up joining at the time, I didn’t want uprizine to end.

I still wanted to write about my experience… but, I just wasn’t ready yet.

After officially taking up the role of editor in the fall of 2019, I met so many new people, shared so many ideas and experiences, and discovered a whole new side of the world and myself. Uprizine provided me with such a great community, a powerful voice and a platform to share my experiences. But most importantly, uprizine let me know that I am not alone and that there are people that support me.

Because of this, I’m finally ready to share my experience with you today.

I’ve written quite a few articles for this edition of the zine, but the one I wanted to write about from the very beginning is included in the section “Unopened Letters.” I’d appreciate it, if you could take the time to read what I’ve prepared to write about for the past year and a half.

I was editor for a very short time (Summer 2019 - Spring 2020), but I hope that uprizine will continue to be what it is to me and many other people: a supportive community, a powerful voice, and a place to simply, belong.


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