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TORRENT
a rushing, abundant, unceasing current;
a violent, uncontrollable outpouring;
the mouth of a mountain stream.
People ask us all the time about our name.
Why Torrent? You do know that ‘torrent’ means, like, ‘Bit Torrent,’ right? Is this magazine about downloading stuff? You should probably change it to something less confusing…
Let me explain.
This project was originally imagined as an Asian American women’s magazine. I thought that Asian American women needed something else to read besides Audrey, the only other magazine at the time that concerned itself with Asian American women. I loved the idea of Asian American women coming together & sharing experiences & having good, honest conversations about the things we think about & struggle with, and I didn’t think Audrey did it right.
When I was struggling for the right name, I was looking for something that could communicate strenght & power & ferocity. But I was wary of names that would prevent men, or self-identified conservative women from giving us a chance. I also didn’t want something scary, like, My Vagina Magazine, because I don’t think feminism is scary, or about the maximum shock value. I wanted this space to be accessible to all kinds of people, not just folks with vaginas, or Asian Americans, or people or color. (Yes white people, we want you too.)
I went with “Torrent Magazine” because I thought that name embodied the best what a woman’s magazine could be – a rushing, unceasing current, an uncontrollable pouring.
My vision for Torrent Magazine was a space where smart, conscientious people could talk about interesting things. Too many publications, online and off, ignore questions of race, gender, nationality, and other forms of difference in their quest for readable, relatable pieces. By “readable,” I mean pieces that didn’t put off white people.
The publications that DID engage questions of difference did so in ways that I found to be unsatisfying and uncompelling. And, eventually, I got sick of reading literature that I didn’t care about, from perspectives that I couldn’t relate with, and from people that we already hear too much about.
Rather, I wanted to see articles from the anti-racist, anti-imperalist, pro-woman perspective that I identified with, written in a way that wasn’t dry, or stodgy, or overly academic. In short, I wanted easy access to relevant, interesting, and un-offensive news.
I hope Torrent Magazine will be a place for people just like myself & my friends – smart, critical, complex folks who are multifaceted in their interests, and eager for the opportunity to remake the world in our image, to become actors, rather than reactors, in the production of knowledge.
If you’re interested in writing for Torrent Magazine, or have any comments or feedback, shoot me a line at d.shiyuan@gmail.com.

tor-rent [tawr – uh nt, tor-] (noun)

a rushing, abundant, unceasing current;

a violent, uncontrollable outpouring;

the mouth of a mountain stream.

People ask me all the time about our name.

Why ‘Torrent Magazine’? You do know that ‘torrent’ means, like, ‘Bit Torrent,’ right? Is this magazine about downloading stuff? You should probably change it to something less confusing…

Let me explain.

This project was originally imagined as an Asian American women’s magazine. I thought that Asian American women needed something else to read besides Audrey, the only other magazine at the time that concerned itself with Asian American women. While I loved the idea of Asian American women coming together & sharing experiences & having good, honest conversations about the things we think about & struggle with, I didn’t think Audrey did it right.

When I was searching for the right name, I wanted something that could communicate strength & power & ferocity. But I was wary of names that would prevent men or our less than liberal sisters from giving us a chance. I also didn’t want something scary, like, My Vagina Magazine, because I don’t think feminism is scary, or should be about the maximum shock value. I wanted this space to be accessible to all kinds of people, not just folks with vaginas, or Asian Americans, or people of color. (Yes, white people, we want you too.)

I went with “Torrent Magazine” because I thought that the idea of torrents embodied the best of what a woman’s magazine could be .

My vision for Torrent Magazine was a space where smart, conscientious people could talk about interesting things. Too many publications, online and off, ignore questions of race, gender, nationality, and other forms of difference in their quest for readable, relatable pieces. (By “readable,” I mean pieces that didn’t put off white people.)

The publications that DID engage questions of difference did so in ways that I found to be unsatisfying and uncompelling. And, eventually, I got sick of reading literature that I didn’t care about, from perspectives that I couldn’t relate with, and from people that we already hear too much about. I wanted to see articles from the anti-racist, anti-imperalist, pro-woman perspective that I identified with, written in a way that wasn’t dry, or stodgy, or overly academic. In short, I wanted easy access to relevant, accessible, and un-offensive news.

I hope Torrent Magazine will be a place for people just like myself & my friends – smart, critical, complex folks who are multifaceted in their interests, and eager for the opportunity to remake the world in their image.

If you have any comments or feedback, or want to contribute to Torrent Magazine, shoot me a line at d.shiyuan@gmail.com.

– Shiyuan

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