Washington, D.C. – Today, immigrant youth from United We Dream launched their first-ever zine titled Immigrant Made. The Zine features personal essays, stories, and artwork by immigrant youth, undocumented women, and non-binary writers who explore themes of self-love, inherent worth, and irrefutable pride.
Each writer was mentored by professional playwrights, poets, and screenwriters of the Writers Guild Initiative. Immigrant Made also features immigrant artists, including Lucinda Hinojos, Eunsoo Jeong, and Art Twink.
Juanita Monsalve, Producer and Director of Immigrant Made and Senior Creative & Marketing Manager of United We Dream, said:
“Immigrant youth at United We Dream are on the frontlines of telling stories that redefine what immigrant culture is and who we are on our own terms. Immigrant Made was created to honor the immigrant storytellers, writers, and artists from our vast, multi-racial community who are actively disrupting the public’s expectations of what it means to be an immigrant. Together, we are creating a new and expansive immigrant identity, which will allow us to continue the fight for the dignity and humanity that all human beings deserve.
Immigrant Made is a new platform made by immigrant people for immigrant people because to us being an immigrant is to know our worth. It is to be proud of the color of our skin, our accents, our hair, our languages, our relationship to land, and most of all: our ability to summon a future that has not yet been seen. We are the writers, artists, and heroes that we have been waiting for. We are immigrants and our culture is power!”