Last month, PYD had the opportunity to table at the 4th Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair at the City College of San Francisco Mission Campus. We had wanted to participate last year, but were unable to due to scheduling issues. This year, thanks to the amazing organizers and lucky timing, we were able to snag the last exhibitor table! For those who may not know,
"The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small."
We brought copies of pop quizzes, PYD submission info flyers, and the new PYD postcards, and also debuted the stickers! We met so many passionate and inspiring individuals, from former professors and current activists to incredible organizations and curious students. One of the highlights was meeting a young woman who had had a dream to start something similar for the Latinx community, and it reaffirmed what many of us already know - that often, the dominant culture ignores, or worse, erases, the voices of people of color and other marginalized groups. So to be surrounded by so many groups and individuals who were working to fight for equity and equality was truly an empowering way to spend a Saturday.
We want to thank all the people who stopped by and took the time to speak with us, whether it was to share your own stories, to learn more about the Southeast Asian diaspora community, to connect us with other individuals who might be interested in submitting to PYD, or to give us words of encouragement - we deeply appreciate it. Also, thank you to the staff at the Howard Zinn Book Fair for having us!