Monday, June 26, 2017

Art Net News Book Review

Việt Lê (Vietnamese/American, b. 1976). Charlie’s Angels (of History), 2013,
from the "Love Bang!" series. Courtesy of the artist.

How the New Queer Asian American Criticism Is Shifting the Way We See Art

Artists and scholars shake up the foundations of art history in a new book, 'Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.'
Terence Trouillot, 

"But via its challenging and diverse reflections, Queering Contemporary Asian American Art shows how the specific questions of Asian American art history make the stakes of resisting a homonormative queer community (i.e. one that models itself after standards of success defined by white privilege and capitalism) even more vivid."

Read the review:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer 2017 Queer Horizons

“Queer Horizons” curated by Jan Christian Bernabe and Laura Kina for the Center for Art and Thought is now online! Works by by Maya Mackrandilal, Greyson Hong, and Kim Anno are currently up, and more artwork will follow in the upcoming weeks.
“Queer Horizons” features the work of Asian American and Asian diasporic artists whose work envisions a queer future that unsettles the past, disrupts the present, and imagines new worlds beyond the limits of the horizon.
Contributors to the virtual show include: Anida Yoeu AliSita Bhaumik, Kim Anno, Wafaa Bilal, Greyson Hong, Kiam Marcelo JunioViệt Lê, Maya Mackrandilal, Zavé MartohardjonoJeffrey Augustine SongcoTina Takemoto, and Saya Woolfalk.
Contributors’ works are published in staggered waves from June 22 until all the works have been revealed, after which the whole exhibition are archived permanently on CA+T’s website.
Please keep checking back on the website for new works and share the link!
“Queer Horizons” appears in conjunction with the publication of Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe’s book, Queering Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017), which CA+T co-sponsored (

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Book! Queering Contemporary Asian American Art

Queering Contemporary Asian American Art

Edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe
Foreword by Susette Min
Afterword by Kyoo Lee
University of Washington Press, 2017.
$40 paperback (ISBN: 9780295741376), 304 pp., 47 illus., 36 in color, 7 x 10 in.
Queering Contemporary Asian American Art takes Asian American differences as its point of departure, and brings together artists and scholars to challenge normative assumptions, essentialisms, and methodologies within Asian American art and visual culture. Taken together, these nine original artist interviews, cutting-edge visual artworks, and seven critical essays explore contemporary currents and experiences within Asian American art, including the multiple axes of race and identity; queer bodies and forms; kinship and affect; and digital identities and performances.
Using the verb and critical lens of “queering” to capture transgressive cultural, social, and political engagement and practice, the contributors to this volume explore the connection points in Asian American experience and cultural production of surveillance states, decolonization and diaspora, transnational adoption, and transgender bodies and forms, as well as heteronormative respectability, the military, and war. The interdisciplinary and theoretically informed frameworks in the volume engage readers to understand global and historical processes through contemporary Asian American artistic production.
LAURA KINA is an artist and a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University. She is the coeditor of War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art.
JAN CHRISTIAN BERNABE is the operations, new media, and curatorial director at the Center for Art and Thought.
The contributors are Mariam B. Lam, Eun Jung Park, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Valerie Soe, and Harrod J Suarez. Featured artists are Anida Yoeu Ali, Kim Anno, Eliza Barrios, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Wafaa Bilal, Hasan Elahi, Greyson Hong, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Lin + Lam (H. Lan Thao Lam and Lana Lin), Viet Le, Maya Mackrandilal, Zavé Martohardjono, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Tina Takemoto, Kenneth Tam, and Saya Woolfalk.

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.”