Jai Arun Ravine is a writer and administrative and communications professional. Since 2008, they have supported several nonprofit organizations in an administrative capacity, including a direct services and advocacy agency for Asians and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS, and a youth center serving primarily youth of color through music and arts programming. As a graphic designer and visual design consultant, Jai has developed brand identity packages, promotional materials, books, and websites for a variety of clients: mostly women, women of color, or queer and trans artists, healers, and social workers. Jai’s artistic practice includes creative and critical writing, dance, dance writing, video, comics, and performance that foregrounds the intersections of queer, nonbinary trans, and mixed race identity and the experiences of other queer and trans people of color.
Jai is the author of แล้ว and then entwine: lesson plans, poems, knots (Tinfish Press, 2011), a book that re-imagines immigration history and attempts to transform cultural inheritances of silence. Their short film Tom / Trans / Thai (2011) approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity in the Thai context and has screened internationally. The film’s companion scholarly article, Toms and Zees: Locating FTM Identity in Thailand, was published in Transgender Studies Quarterly Issue 1.3 (Duke University Press, 2014). Their second book The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide (Timeless, Infinite Light; 2016) is a subverted travel guide that consumes and regurgitates orientalism, the tourist archive, and white desire.