Sunday, October 25, 2009

Awarded a 2009-2010 DePaul University Humanities Fellowship

Awarded a 2009-2010 DePaul University Humanities Fellowship

War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

I am currently working with Wei Ming Dariotis, Assistant Professor Asian American Studies San Francisco State University, on a book project and an exhibition on mixed race Asian American art. The show is scheduled to open at the DePaul Art Museum Spring 2011 and the Wing Luke Asian Museum Feb-July, 2012. Description: War Baby |Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art investigates the construction of mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American (or, controversially, "Hapa") identity in the United States. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of “optional identity,” War Baby |Love Child examines how, or even if, mixed Asian Americans are addressing their hybrid identities in their artwork.

Artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Amanda Ross-Ho, Camille and Jenifer Wofford, Debra Yepa-Pappan.

Each year the Humanities Center supports a group of DePaul faculty with Faculty Fellowships. These fellowships provide partial reductions in teaching load and an undergraduate research assistant. Fellows engage in rich interdisciplinary conversations throughout the year, and work with the Center to plan a program that connects their work to the broader community.

Artist Amanda Ross-Ho in her Los Angeles studio. I interviewed her back in Feb 2009 for this project.Artist Debra Yeppa-Pappan and my co-curator Wei Ming Dariotis in Chicago 10/25/09

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jessica Hagedorn in Conversation with Wei Ming Dariotis & Laura Kina

DePaul Humanities Center and the President's Signature Series 2009-10 present:
Jessica Hagedorn in conversations with Wei Ming Dariotis and Laura Kina
Thursday, October 22, 2009
DePaul University Art Museum
2350 North Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

What does it mean to be a Mixed Asian American Writer/Artist?

Mixed Race Studies scholar Wei Ming Dariotis, Assistant Professor Asian American Studies San Francisco State University, and Laura Kina, DePaul University Associate Professor Art, Media, & Design, Vincent dePaul Distinguished Professor & Director Asian American Studies, will take on identity, categorization, and issues specific to Asian American mixed heritage populations in their dialogue with award winning writer, screenwriter and performer, Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters, Dream Jungle, The Gangster of Love, Danger And Beauty, and editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World. Her next novel, Toxicology, will be published by Viking Penguin in 2011.

This event is free and open to the public

For more info contact: Humanities Center - 773-325-4580 -

Note - photos by DePaul art students Rob Bolante and Marco Cortes

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vincent de Paul Society

In September 2009 I was inducted into the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as a career-long member. DePaul's Newsline ran an interview with me.

Newsline Interview - Q&A with Laura Kina October 5, 2009