Open for Submission: Yuwana Zine

ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF) aims to accommodate the voices of young Southeast Asians. AYF believes that youth in the region has multiple life perspectives that can be expressed through creative processes and are worth-amplified further.

Therefore, AYF Secretariat is opening a submission for creative entries (visual, photographs, illustrations, poems, prose, writings, watercolor arts, basically anything) that would be bound into one zine that we will publish online, called YUWANA. Yuwana is derived from Sanskrit word yauvana meaning youth. It stands for young, uniting, witty, accessible, and non-discriminating activism.   We hope through this zine-making process, we could build solidarity among youth in the region.

Yuwana: A Zine

Download Issue #1, #2, and #3 Here

Open submission until Sunday, April 18, 2021, through here

Issue #4 of Yuwana will be published during Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, 2021

Theme / Prompt: Lockdown (read theme statement by the curator below)


Originally from Thailand, Thanchanog Ho Mai Chin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore. With her citizenship renunciation and migration history, her artistic practice often revolves around the theme of identity-traversing autobiography, memories as well as the relationship between the physical and spiritual realms predominantly central in Buddha's philosophy. Mai Chin has been involved in several exhibitions in Singapore and London, including co-curating the exhibition, '_influenza' in 2018. Alongside, she has also been active in cross-collaborative projects such as being a set designer and scenographer for 'Breath' in 2020.

Mai Chin's ambitions as a creative also include volunteering as a comic artist to raise awareness about mental health at an organisation, Mental ACT, a member of an all-female band, All Kindsa Girls, with the mission to challenge the male-dominated space, and the Creative Director at an event management company, TheMeetupSG, with the aim to create unique experiences and empower the youth community by organising annual youth networking events.


Theme Statement:

The notion of “lockdown” is to be in a state of isolation. The word is undeniably and universally regarded as a familiar term we would instantly associate with the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, lifestyles and culture have been heavily entangled with the non-human experience that strives all around us. The lockdown has adapted and obliged us to turn to technological consumption more than ever for essential and leisure purposes. All meanwhile, our psychological and spiritual state also grew impoverished from direct contact with the human touch and nature. Something we rarely have the chance to be actively sought after, when it could offer a great source of comfort and connection. Biologically or psychologically, nature has the ability to heal and enrich us in myriad ways.

On the other hand, its ambiguity may also reverberate unsettlingly to the persistent uprising across our ASEAN neighbours as well as across the world against unjust systems. The brutal situations are not news but they are matters that require much-needed reiteration and attention. Desires, values, and priorities exercised by those in a higher power are often in the way, which further disconnects us from our inner core. The inner core which houses humanness and spirituality, as well as the simplicity-love, happiness, peace, a sense of connectedness, and a sense of freedom, we innately desire in our existence but also paradoxically for progression.

Therefore, the quest we should be after is to reunite ourselves with nature, reclaim our essential selves, as well as recognising the deviated direction of the world determined not merely by science, technology, and policy but by the desires, values, and priorities of those who held the disproportionate power. The topic aims to invite artists to examine contemporary cities in the early 21st century liberally through a primarily humanistic lens concerning the displacement of societies with the saturated digital reality over the physical reality and invasive political agenda around the world. "Lockdown" hopes to unsilence the effect that the states prioritise, and at the same time raise concern on the distant human connection with the natural world.

“Lockdown” implications may be predictable, but the interpretation of it is not limited to the former or the latter issues. The aforementioned ongoing, unresolved, and irreversible conflicts merely meant to serve as a point of entry for the artists to dive deeper and diversify the discussions.

We accept creative works from any individuals who

  1. are between 15-35 years old
  2. are a national of / living in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and other territories within Southeast Asia. 
  3. believe in the values of human rights, justice, democracy, and freedom (read The Yangon Declaration)



Page dimension is 210mm x 148mm (A5, Portrait)

Art must correspond to the theme of Lockdown (see statement above)

One individual can submit any creative works (visual, photographs, illustrations, poems, prose, comic, meme, writings, watercolor arts, basically anything), in their native languages or English.

One submission must not be longer than 4-page space.

note: racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, or other works targeting specific groups of people will not be accepted. As we appreciate and respect artistic freedom, we don't tolerate any bigotry, hate, violence and discrimination in our community.

Before we publish, we will ask your consent and we will be finalizing the placement and set-up of your work in our final lay-out as we will also have some discussion over security concerns.

How to submit:

Fill out and upload your work through this form no later than April 18th, 2021

you can address any question to