Monday, April 30, 2012

Coming Jan. 2013 through UW Press - War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

Wei Ming Dariotis and I have been working on this project since 2008 and it's almost here! Get your pre-orders in for this exciting new book. Foreword by Kent Ono. Artists and authors included in the book: Rudy Guevarra Jr., Lori Kay, Gina Osterloh, Jenifer Wofford, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Eleana J. Kim, Jane Jin Kaisen, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Serene Ford, Lori Pierce, Margo Machida, Adrienne Pao, Li-lan, Kip Fulbeck, Amanda Ross-Ho, Debra Yepa-Pappan, Louie Gong, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Richard A. Lou, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Camilla Fojas, Stuart Gaffney, and Ken Tanabe.

War Baby / Love Child

Mixed Race Asian American Art

Edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

  • $45.00 paperback (9780295992259) Add to Cart
  • hardcover not available
  • Published: January 2013
  • Subject Listing: Contemporary Art, Asian American Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 63 illus., 44 in color, maps, 7 x 10 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
  • Contents

War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.

Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University. Wei Ming Dariotis is assistant professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

"War Baby / Love Child is an interesting, original, and innovative project that expands the field of Asian American studies by using visual art as a point of entry and analysis for the discipline." - Mark Johnson, editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

"One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies." - Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness

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Monday, April 23, 2012

4/24/12 Video Screening and Artist Talk: Valerie Soe

Video Screening and Artist Talk: Valerie Soe

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 5-6:30pm

The Chinese Gardens and The Oak Park Story

Two film screenings and an artist talk by acclaimed experimental video artist Valerie Soe

DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 

Sponsored by Global Asian Studies and the Department of History of Art and Architecture
This event is FREE and open to the public

Valerie Soe is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals worldwide. Her most recent award-winning documentary, The Oak Park Story (2010) has exhibited widely across the country. Soe is also the author of the blog, which looks at Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. beyondasiaphilia is the recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, one of only seven such grants awarded in the U.S. She is an Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches film history and production, cultural criticism, art and social practice, and media

Chinese Gardens (17 min, 2012)

The Chinese Gardens – Racism, resistance, and the hidden history of Chinese Americans
The Chinese Gardens looks at the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, Washington,
examining anti-Chinese violence—lynchings, beatings, and murders—in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and drawing connections between past and present race relations in the U.S.

The Oak Park Story (22 min, 2010)
The Oak Park Story
The Oak Park Story (2010, 22 min.) is a documentary film that recounts the journeys of three families – from Cambodia, Mexico, and California – who band together at a run-down slum in Oakland CA and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.
The film is directed, edited, co-produced and co-written by Valerie Soe and co-produced and co-written by Russell Jeung, both of whom are professors of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Call for Papers - Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies

Call for Papers - Inaugural Issue: Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies
“Emerging Paradigms in Critical Mixed Race Studies”

The Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies (JCMRS) is a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS). Launched in 2011, it is the first academic journal explicitly focused on Critical Mixed Race Studies. Sponsored by UC Santa Barbara's Sociology Department, JCMRS is hosted on the eScholarship Repository, which is part of the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library. JCMRS functions as an open-access forum for critical mixed race studies scholars and will be available without cost to anyone with access to the Internet.

JCMRS is transracial, transdisciplinary, and transnational in focus and emphasizes the critical analysis of the institutionalization of social, cultural, and political orders based on dominant conceptions and constructions of race. JCMRS emphasizes the constructed nature and thus mutability of race and the porosity of racial boundaries in order to critique processes of racialization and social stratification based on race. JCMRS addresses local and global systemic injustices rooted in systems of racialization.

Some questions to consider:
·       Why Critical Mixed Race Studies rather than mixed ethnicity or mixed heritage?
·       How does CMRS transform Ethnic Studies?
·       What does CMRS mean in transnational contexts?
·       What are some ways that CMRS can be institutionalized?
·       How do foundational articles or books in CMRS resonate today?
·       How does CMRS relate to the Multiracial Movement or social activism around mixed heritage identities?
·       How does post-racial discourse factor into the development of CMRS?
·       How is CMRS transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary?

Papers that were presented at the Inaugural Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in 2010 are invited for revision and submission. JCMRS encourages both established and emerging scholars to submit articles throughout the year. Articles will be considered for publication on the basis of their contributions to important and current discussions in mixed race studies, and their scholarly competence and originality.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2012

Submission Guidelines: Article manuscripts should range between 15-30 double-spaced pages, Times New Roman 12-point font, including notes and works cited, must follow the Chicago Manual of Style, and include an abstract (not to exceed 250 words).

Visit our website for complete submission guidelines and to submit an article:

Please address all inquiries to

Founding Editors G. Reginald Daniel, Wei Ming Dariotis, Laura Kina, Maria P. P. Root, Paul Spickard