The Present Past
Tiffany Tsao • 28 October 2022
Welcome to our last newsletter – for the year and until further notice. Due to a hiatus in funding, we’re going into hibernation until conditions permit our return. But fear not; we fully plan on resuming activity. And when we do, we will return with the vigour of a thawed wood frog springing out of an Arctic winter deep freeze. (Consider also: the indestructible tardigrade.)
In the meantime, enjoy this final-for-now issue on the presence of the past. We begin with Lauren Burrow and Tristen Harwood’s essay on colonialism being alive and present and sneakily pretending to be decolonisation. Next, Anna Louise Richardson keeps a record of her encounters with wild birds and the strong sense of her late mother’s presence in each interaction.
Using archived correspondence, Darryl Kickett pieces together the disturbing details of his grandfather’s treatment and death despite widespread recognition of his valuable services. What happened to his grandfather in 1904 is still going on today.
Jessica Friedmann grieves for the Jewishness her family abandoned in order to take advantage of the privileges of whiteness, and what this means in terms of what she’ll pass on to her young son.
In a 2010 essay, Azhar Abidi journeys to Chitral in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan and finds a land thickly layered with pasts – wars, occupations, his own childhood and previous visits.
From the first issue of Zou Mat Je (做乜嘢), a multilingual zine by Cantonese-speaking writers and artists, Miriam Wei Wei Lo shares pages from her Cantonese grandmother’s autograph book.
Lastly, what better way to wrap up this first run of The Circular than a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Kim Lam’s creation of a zine about the canine afterlife lying beyond the Rainbow Bridge?
This end is not the end.