Vertigo Editors (2022-23)
Yugen (n.) – “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.
Amid days blanketed in darkness, we at Vertigo gathered around a partagé of the creativity dearest to us on a night illuminated by string lights. As the landscape greened and flourished after heavy rain, we also grew, expanding our skills and voices with our second annual Open Mic. Writers and artists alike shared their expression with one another through poetry, screenwriting, animations, paintings, and more.
Dear reader, we are exceptionally proud to present our 2023 Spring Issue. As you flip through these vibrant pages, we invite you to join our journey in exploring and embracing yugen: the profound, mysterious beauty of the universe.
We’ve found yugen in fiery palaces and street vendor stands, through the nostalgia of flower crowns and homemade soup. We’ve contemplated the meaning of omniscience under mountain laurel and reveled in how rain kisses foreheads.
With this, we ask our dear readers one final question. How will you capture the yugen within us all?
Table of Contents
Mina Chao & Victoria Dai – lost & found
Elizabeth Cheng & Samantha Tang- Soup
Kyrsten Su & Jannie Xu – At the edge of knowing everything, It is silent—
Dorothy Ko & Annabel Luo – the visit after your departure
Mahati Ramakrishnan & Michelle Jiang – Wander
Isha Shah – vyrim
Angela Wu & Natalie Yang – Fire Palace
Chancie Chou & Michelle Jiang – hazel-gold
Olivia Tu & Vivian Chen – Flower crowns
Visruth Srimath Kandali & Allison Lin – Slip
Crystal Zhu & Annie Yao – the painter
Olive Li – NYC
Jonas Rindegård & Victoria Dai – chair-looms
Riya Abiram & Annabel Quin – Night Market
Loren Yelluas & Elizabeth Cheng –There were apple fritters at safeway
Irene Hwang – adieu to the angels in my backyard
Elle Gasper- One With The Flower