Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hapa Japan Fest and Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in LA

Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
Feb 24-26, 2017 at USC in LA

It's been over a year in the works and it's finally here! Along with Chandra Crudup of Mixed Roots Stories, I am the co-organizer of the 4th Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

“Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial)
Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia
Feb. 24-26, 2017
University of Southern California

The conference is hosted by the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and includes over 50 panels, roundtables, and caucus sessions organized by the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association as well as 2 feature film screenings, the LIVE Performance show, and Performance Sampler produced by Mixed Roots Stories. CMRS 2017 is pleased to run concurrently with the Hapa Japan Festival February 22- 26, 2017.

A huge thank you to the CMRS programming and site committees, my fellow Critical Mixed Race Studies Association board members, our fiscal agent Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, our social media coordinator Sharon Chang, and all of the volunteers from HapaSC, MASC, and the staff at USC, especially Shannon Maiko Takushi and Duncan Williams, who are helping make this all possible.

I will be speaking at two sessions:
Saturday, Feb 25, 2016 4:30-6:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 227
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
MIXED ROOTS STORIES and HAPA JAPAN Panel: Beyond Binaries: Contemporary Mixed, Queer, Trans, Asian Diasporic Art
CHAIR Laura Kina, DePaul University
More Than Love on The Horizon: Queer Projections, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, artist
Choreographing the Liminal: Performing Queer, Trans, and Mixed-Race, Zavé Gayatri Martohardjono, artist
Uchinanchu: Okinawan Diaspora and Mixed Race IdentityLaura Kina, DePaul University
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 1:00-2:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 320A
3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089

ROUNDTABLE Transferring Race: Mixed Parents Reflect on Raising Mixed Children
Kelly F. Jackson, Arizona State University
Kelly F. Jackson, Arizona State University
Sharon H. Chang, author activist
Jeff Chiba Stearns, filmmaker
Sonia Smith-Kang, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Farzana Nayani, Advisor, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)
Chris L. Terry, author

Visit our new websites to download the complete program and register:

In addition to three full days of academic sessions, there is a line up of evening special events that are open to the public. Please join us! Make sure to get tickets through the Eventbrite links below.

FREE Friday Feb 24, 2017 Mixed Roots LIVE Performance tickets
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm
Mixed Roots Stories LIVE performance featuring Robert Farid Karimi, Lisa Marie Rollins, Fred Sasaki, Carly Bates, Zav. Gayatri Martohardjono, and Crystal Shaniece Roman

FREE (with CMRS badge) Saturday Feb 25, 2017 Hapa Japan Concert tickets
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 7:00-9:00pm
Hapa Japan Concert featuring Kina Grannis, Mari. Digby, Andy Suzuki & the Method, and Kris Roche

FREE Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 Closing Session and Mixed Match screening tickets
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:00pm-7:30pm
Closing Reception and documentary film screening Mixed Match by Jeff Chiba Stearns



The Hapa Japan Festival celebrates mixed race and mixed roots Japanese people and culture. Come join us at the Japanese American National Museum and the USC (University of Southern California) campus in Los Angeles.

HAPA JAPAN Volumes 1 & 2 Now Available

“Now, more than ever, Hapa Japan is essential reading for all citizens of our transcultural, transnational, boundless, borderless, beautifully mixed-up world.”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sept 2016 Studio News - Shows and talks in Austria, CA, and Chicago

Fall 2016 - Group show in Austria, solo and group show in CA, and artist talks in Chicago.

Group show:

The Hilger Collection Part 2: Painted Surfaces
September 16, 2016-January 21, 2017
Opening: Friday, Sept 16, 2016 7pm
Absberggasse 27, Steige III, 2. Stock
1100 Wien, Austria
T: +43 1 512 53 15 200
HilgerBROTKunsthalle is a project of Galerie Ernst Hilger
Opening hours: Thu-Sat noon-6pm

This is the second of a five part exhibition series presenting the private collection of Ernst Hilger. Günter Schönberger, managing director of Bildrecht, will speak at the opening.

With works by: Asgar/Gabriel, Christian Ludwig Attersee, Ákos Birkás, Tomislav Buntak, Bruno Ceccobelli, Gunter Damisch, Oliver Dorfer, Hadrien Dussoix, Erró, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Andreas Fiala, Vasilena Gankovska, Franz Grabmayr, Anton Henning, Alfred Hrdlicka, Leiko Ikemura, Laura Kina, Peter Klasen, Karl Korab, Peter Krawagna, Andreas Leikauf, Felix Malnig, Jacques Monory, Nikolaus Moser, Max Neumann, Amin Nourani, Lukas Pusch, Bernard Rancillac, Simona Reisch, Franz Ringel, Hubert Schmalix, Vladimír Skrepl, Hans Staudacher, Stinkfish, Miha Štrukelj, Cédric Teisseire, Alexander Tinei, Christoph Urwalek, Maja Vukoje, Olav Westphalen, Rainer Wölzl, Leo Zogmayer. 

Solo show:

Uchinanchu: The Art of Laura Kina
June 10, 2016–October 1, 2016
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture
Laura Kina Lecture: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 | 6 p.m. Overton Hall
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 | 6 p.m.
California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road #3800
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm

Group show:

Material Culture
August 26, 2016–October 27, 2016
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art
Opening reception: Saturday, September 3, 2016 6–8pm
California Lutheran University
160 Overton Court Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11-3pm

Artists featured include
Boushra Almutawakel, Katherine Cambareri, Teresita de la Torre, Lalla Essaydi, Kyla Hansen, Laura Kina, Ofelia Marquez, Liz Nurenberg, Melanie Pullen, Mandy Cano Villalobos, and Brankica Zilović Chauvain.

Artist Talks:

September 22, 2016
DePaul University Night at the Art Institute of Chicago 5-7pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603
Painter Laura Kina considers post-impressionist primitivism in "Looking back at Gauguin's orientalist gaze: The Ancestors of Tehamana (1893). Meet in Gallery 246, in European Painting and Sculpture, at 7pm.

DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul in the Arts Lecture Series
Laura Kina artist talk “Uchinanchu”
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 12-1pm

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 19, 2016 Facing Forward: A Panel Discussion on Mixed-Race/Ethnic Japanese Americans and Community

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation

"FACING FORWARD: A Panel Discussion on Mixed-Race/Ethnic Japanese Americans and Community"

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and the Japanese American Citizens League - Chicago Chapter (JACL-Chicago)

July 19th, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Presentation Location:
Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
4427 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Event and Parking are Free.

Featured Panelists:
Jackie Keiko Denofrio
Laura Kina
Erik Matsunaga
Christine Munteanu

RSVP to Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at:
773-275-0097, ext. 222 or at

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Uchinanchu" at California Lutheran University June 10-Oct 1,2016

Uchinanchu: The Art of Laura Kina
On view June 10–October 1, 2016
Laura Kina Lecture: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 | 6 p.m. Overton Hall
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 | 6 p.m.

Link to campus map that shows where the lecture takes place (14a) and the gallery (14b):

 is the term used by Okinawan immigrants and their descendants in Hawai’i to identify themselves as a distinct ethnic group. In this exhibit of moving autobiographical pieces, artist Laura Kina examines the Uchinanchu experience. Her patchwork and textile-based paintings feature deconstructed articles of clothing, fleeting moments and memories, specific events and time-honored cultural symbols.

Kina explains, “My artwork focuses on themes of distance, belonging and cultural reclamation…. Taken together, the works are about islands of diaspora and explore themes of transnational family ties and heritage tourism, mixed-ness, ethnic pride and solidarity, military and colonial histories, and current geopolitical military/environment issues in Okinawa and Hawai’i.”

Mailing Address
60 West Olsen Road #3800
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Physical Address
120 Memorial Parkway
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 493-3316
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Soiland Humanities Center (View on Campus Map)
Driving Directions: View on Google Maps

Speaking on a panel June 14 - "Coming to Terms with Orientalism: forbidden terrain for artists?"

As part of artist Phyllis Bramson's show "Under the Pleasure Dome: A Survey, " I will be speaking on a panel:   

"Coming to Terms with Orientalism: forbidden terrain for artists?"

Panelists: Phyllis Bramson,  moderator 
Lisa Yun Lee, Director School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois Chicago
Laura Kina artist and Professor of Art, Media, and Design, DePaul University
Lynne Warren, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  
Doug Stapleton, artist and Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery

June 14, TUESDAY  6 PM - 7:30 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Cassidy Lecture Hall
78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL

"Under the Pleasure Dome: A Survey" is on view June 4-Aug. 27, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Uchinanchu exhibition catalog now available - show opens Feb 27

Download the online exhibition catalog for Laura Kina: Uchinanchu here.

Order a print copy here.

Laura Kina: Uchinanchu opens Feb 27, 201

W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
February 27 - April 23, 2016
On view as part of Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Viêt Lê
Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore
Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 4-7pm
Artists’ Symposium: Thurs., Feb. 25,2016, 1-3pm
At Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Speaking at the Okinawan Association of America Feb 26, 2016

Friday, February 26th, 7:00 PM
Free for OAA members, $5 for non-members

Artist talk/presentation by LAURA KINA (professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a professional artist)


On Friday, February 26th, 2016, 7:00 PM, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) in Gardena will host a meet-and-greet with artist Laura Kina. She is a professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a professional artist. RSVP is required to attend this event.

Kina will be discussing her latest collection of paintings titled “Uchinanchu.” These mixed-media creations incorporate Okinawan and Hawaiʻian t-shirts donated by OAA members, resulting in quilt-like designs that capture the "champuru" (Okinawan word for "mixed") nature of Okinawan American identity specifically and Asian American identity in general. The joint exhibition, “Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê,” will be displayed at Cal Poly Pomona’s Kellogg University Art Gallery (2/27/16 - 4/23/16).

She will also share photos and stories from a study abroad program that she leads every year. Titled “Okinawa, Japan: Art, Politics, and Economy,” the in-depth tour focuses on traditional and contemporary art while exploring the political and historical struggles that have shaped Okinawa.

Admission is free for current OAA members and $5 for non-members. The OAA is located at 16500 S. Western Ave., Gardena 90247. RSVP is required: or 310-532-1929.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Viet Le

(located in Building 35A, Bronco Student Center, across from University Library)
- 2016 -

Transnational Lives in Motion: 

The Art of Laura Kina and Viet Le

Laura Kina "Uchinanchu" and Viet Le "lovebang!"
Sat. Feb. 27 – Sat. Apr. 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-7pm

Artists’ Talks: Saturday, February 27, 4:45pm

Artists' Symposium: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3pm at BSC, Ursa Minor

The Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Kellogg University Art
Gallery are proud to sponsor the exhibitions of Laura Kina and Viet Le. Their artworks
highlight the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities. Despite Asian Americans’ contributions to the U.S. for
over three centuries, the perceptions of these communities are relegated to thinking of
them as ‘perpetual foreigners’ or consigned to model minority stereotypes. The shifting
global standing of Asian countries has changed the discourse to take into account that
Asian Americans are neither here nor there, but everywhere, as they actively partake in
transnational lives. Policies, wars, employment, and family reunifications have led to the
movement of Asian lives across the globe, transcending nations, and blurring global
boundaries as their lives are in motion. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today are
able to stay connected to their homeland, and others are reconstructing their multiple
identities in a nation that tries to contain them. To complicate the Asian American
experience is to understand that these communities are complex and diverse, which
adds to the continued challenges in the way we think about the layered identities and
communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Transnational Lives in
Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Viet Le examines the ways in which Asian American
transnationals construct and reconstruct the fabric of their identities based on their
location, space and time. From mixed-race identities with global connections, to
communities who seek refuge in the U.S. from the legacies of wars, this exhibit
highlights a few issues, which impact immigrant, refugee, and multi-racial ethnic
communities living transnational lives.

Laura Kina’s exhibition, named after her latest series, Uchinanchu, and Viet Le’s trilogy
lovebang! will be exhibited simultaneously, and for the first time, for each artist.
Uchinanchu combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts,
formulated into colorful, large-scale tapestries, with traditional painting motifs
addressing how the assimilation of multiple cultures fold meticulously into one personal,
yet collective, journey. Viet Le's lovebang! Trilogy Premiere includes video installations
lovebang!, eclipse, and the world premiere of heARTbreak! -- each, together, transect
the topics of Asian pop-culture, hip-hop, sex, homo-eroticism and being transgender,
with struggle and war, nostalgia and heartbreak.

Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore

Mon-Tues 4-8p
Wed-Thurs 12-4p
Sat-Sun 12-4p
Fridays Closed.
Friday viewing arrangements made by appointment only.

The Kellogg University Art Gallery is located at the
Northside of the Bronco Student Center in Building 35A
at California State Polytechnic University Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768

Kellogg Gallery Direct: 909-869-4302
Huntley Gallery Direct: 909-979-5556


Galleries Curator: Michele Cairella Fillmore

Monday, November 30, 2015

Help us bring Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook to print!

 Help my friend and fellow Chicago artist Kiam Marcelo Junio bring this fabulous cookbook to print. I'm really honored to have been able to contribute a recipe for this project. While most of Kiam's recipes are vegan versions of Filipino classics,  I shared a much less healthy family recipe for Spam Musubi :-)

Check out Kiam's Indiegogo campaign for Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook
Order now and you can get the book by Christmas!


Inside the Artist’s Kitchen is an online arts journal that documents artists making work in the Chicago, IL community. Over the course of our investigations, it became evident that there was an opportunity to provide a new, easily accessible platform to support artists in creating new work.  We launched our Digital Residency program in the Summer of 2014.
Our first resident, Kiam Marcelo Junio, has spent the past year exploring Filipino identity in a web series called Filipino Fusions. In the cooking show, Kiam’s alter ego Jerry Blossom demonstrates a vegan take on Filipino cuisine while discussing Filipino history and culture.
(Watch Filipino Fusions here!)

As a capstone project, we are wrapping finishing touches on Filipino Fusions: a Critical Cookbook, an artist’s cookbook that will serve as a culmination of Kiam’s work during the Digital Residency. The book will have delicious recipes featured in Filipino Fusions, and will include additional content exploring themes of colonization, migration, occupation and diaspora, expanding topics brought up over the course of the web series.

The Impact

Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes; it includes poetry, essays, interviews, and contributions by other artists who, in their own practices, consider shared themes of diaspora and cross cultural identity.
Contributing Artists:
- Aldrin Valdez, artist and writer, New York City, USA.
- Laura Kina, artist and teacher, Chicago, USA
- Annie Ai Nhi Le - Moussou, artist and teacher, Angers, France.
- Jonathan Sommer, with B!tCH3Z Drinking Project, Chicago, USA
The book is written, designed, and produced with love, care and attention. It is intended for practical use, to bring cultural conversations to tables around the world. The critical cookbook format contextualizes the recipes in personal, historical, and contemporary narratives.  The book allows openness to adaptation (of recipes and of identities) while recognizing tradition and history. 

What We Need & What You Get

    Estimated printing costs at $3,500. These funds will go towards getting our books printed and affording us locally hand-bound book covers (approx $2000). $150-$200 is for an ISBN / barcode for the book, $300-$500 is for photography, $300-$500 for Licensing our fonts and images and anything else is a buffer for the bumps along the way. Anything we get will be seriously helpful towards the making of this wonderful book.
  • What you get:
    a chance to own a  hardbound copy of Filipino Fusions: A Critical Cookbook (or a pdf of the book), and other wonderful rewards, including original art by Kiam Marcelo Junio and local Chicago artists (TBA!).

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Save the date - Osamu James Nakagawa is coming to DePaul Nov 4th

Save the date - Nov 4, 2015 renowned Japanese photographer Osamu James Nakagawa will be speaking at the DePaul University Art Museum about the development of his work and experiences on the island of Okinawa, Japan.

Okinawa Stories - 70 Arduous Years in the Pacific

Osamu James Nakagawa

DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60614

Spurred on by the news that Japanese high school history textbooks would exclude the Japanese army's involvement in the atrocities of the Battle of Okinawa, Nakagawa embarked on a journey into the caves of the island to photograph an untold and obscured history through significant historical sites.

This event is free and open to the public.

Organized in conjunction with my DePaul Okinawa, Japan study abroad course "Okinawa, Art, Politics and Economy," this event is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Programs and co-sponsored by Global Asian Studies and Japanese Studies.

For more info:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LA's Downtown News lists Sugar/Islands as #1 their "Don't Miss List"

Laura Kina "Okinawa - All American Food," oil on canvas, 30 x 45 in., 2013

The Los Angeles Downtown News has listed "Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai'i - the Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara" as #1 on their "Don't Miss List" for exhibitions to see during this final week of summer.

Be sure to stop by the Japanese American National Museum before our show closes on Sept 6, 2015 located at 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Check for hours and admission fees