Tropic Zine is a forum* for critical engagement with contemporary culture that seeks connections between Hawaiʻi and the tropics worldwide. The emotional, social, and political narratives of the Islands are the foundation from which we build new connections between peoples and places of tropical diaspora. Imagine the publication as a dynamic web of relations, simultaneously drawn together and repelled by experiences of place. We embrace chaos,  queer modes of thinking, discontinuities, and hybridity. 

Tropic is based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. We are interested in working with individuals and collectives from all over the world with ties to the tropics who explore issues of place and identity as they relate to art and cultural production.

*Tropic Zine is an periodic print publication, a digital platform, and an organizing collective. Our editorial content includes essays, prose, art, interviews, photography; we are a collation of new creative material that follows no singular narrative.

Tropic Zine is published by Tropic Editions, a nonprofit publishing imprint.


This issue coincided with an exhibition at Aupuni Space, June 8 - 26, 2019.

134 pages
7 x 9 inches
Edition of 500
ISSN 2638-518X
ISBN 978-1-7325890-3-2

Published by Tropic Editions.

Issue 2 seeks to decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine the Filipinx diaspora by posing a series of questions about what it means to identify as, and to be, a contemporary citizen in an age of movement and dispersion. Rather than speaking to national identity, the editorials present complex, entangled, multi-generational stories of place. More than half of our contributors are from Hawaiʻi, but they are located all over the world.

Editor and Creative Direction

Marika Emi

Art Direction

Drew K. Broderick


Aaron Wong


Marika Emi, Kristian Henson, Myka Arnado

Logo Design

Cristin Lim


Catalina Africa Espinosa, Calla Camero, Azuré Keahi, Leah Danze, gentofish, Jasmine Grace Wenzel, Taissa Fromme, Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, Jourdan Simmonds, Myka Arnado, Kristoffer Ardeña, Chris Fussner, Vincent Bercasio, Reise Kochi, Risa Hoshino, Lise-Michelle, Nakeʻu Awai, Jarrod Caranto, Sonny Ganaden, Philip Rasca, Michael Valiquette, Yiyi Mendoza

Issue 2 has been generously supported by Puʻuhonua Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating opportunities for Native Hawaiian and Hawaii-based artists and cultural practitioners to express themselves in their chosen medium.

We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to our fundraising campaign: Myka Arnado, Maile Meyer and Michael Broderick, Eleanor Yano, Nancy Aleck, Weston Teruya, Rhys Graves, AK Matthews, Troy Taylor, Royce Hui, KJ Baysa, Eli Wilson, Josh Tengan, Jun Jo, James Charisma, Thad Higa, Jeremy Ferguson, Bob Grossman, Deevee Kashi, Ivan Vovneko, Rosina Potter, Isabella Hughes, Sachie Yorck, Dan Wilkie, Katherine Tuider, Mikey Inouye, John Esguerra, Lina Miyakawa, Wilma Jandoc Win, Erin Klenow, Alec Singer, Eric C Morgan, Yvonne Manipon, Donnie Cervantes, Gan Uyeda, Aaron Hansen, Becca Van K, Fully Booked, Cody Anderson, Brando, Lawrence Mallari, Daniel Sheinfield Rodriguez, Jason Yamachika, Michael de Lange, Michael Conlee, Lindsey Okubo, RC Cagara, Nicky Machado, Sonnenzimmer, Marcela Biven, Dylan Botelho, Adam J. Kurtz, Waialae Sportswear, Theo Lee, Alicia Lim, Bianca Bennett, Glen and Susan Shea, Paige Donnelly, Paige Johnston, Azura Keahi, Juvana Soliven, Nadia Agsen, Jasmine Healy, Carin Lim, Marion Cadora, and all anonymous individuals.