2nd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco,
Artists: Susan Almazol, Salma Arastu, Jung Ran Bae, MalPina Chan, Karen Chew, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, Nancy Hom, MariNaomi, Pallavi Sharma, Roger Shimomura, Scott Tsuchitani.
Why have an exhibition of Asian American Artists depicting their American stories? After all, are we not all citizens of the United States with more commonalities than differences? he answer is yes and no.
A large portion of the San Francisco County population – 34.2% identify themselves as Asian and that does not include interracial residents.* The significance of the diverse Asian American cultures in our country’s melting pot is not often acknowledged. Some Asian ethnic groups have been here for 4 or 5 generations yet little is known about their history and how they shaped our country. Others are recent immigrants just settling into their new land. Many Asian Americans know little about one anothers’ stories.
Often who we are is based on preconceived notions like names, appearances, and accents. A young girl asks if I am Chinese, I reply, “No I am Japanese American” to which she says, “Oh sorry. What’s the difference anyway?” A restaurant owner guesses I am Filipino. A telephone telemarketer says “Oh you speak good English,” when he hears my Japanese last name.
This exhibition provides the viewer a way to gain deeper insights through the power of art.
Each artist chose a visual story that is significant to his or her history, culture and identity. Masters of their chosen media from glass to paint to book arts, printmaking and assemblage their compelling expertise and strength of their voice is evident.
To give a story and to receive a story is an exquisite gift to be savored, remembered and passed on to others. You’re invited to write a short version of your story here, click on “Leave a comment” below.
Guest Curator: Judy Shintani, Narrator of Culture
Click here for Library resources on Asian American Art and Artists and for the Library Exhibition Assignment
Special Event, Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Viewing: 5:30-6:30 pm
Artists’ Panel: 6:30-7:30
Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, 2nd Floor
Supported by The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Participant in the United States of Asian America Festival 2014 – “The Spaces Between” apiculturalcenter.org
Mandala by Nancy Hom