Thursday, December 22, 2011
Flora Choi: Daeng'gi Kimchi Factory at Cuchifritos

Flora Choi: Daeng'gi Kimchi Factory at Cuchifritos
presented in collaboration with The Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation

Exhibition Dates: December 22, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Performance Dates: Dec 22, 5-7pm; Dec 30, Jan 6 & Jan 13, 3-4pm
Location: Cuchifritos gallery at the Essex Street Market,
120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

The Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation, in collaboration with Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space, is pleased to announce Daeng’gi Kimchi Factory, an installation by Flora Choi, from December 22, 2011 to January 15, 2012. In her performance/installation, Choi substitutes chopped-off daeng'gi braids (a traditional Korean hairstyle worn by adolescent girls) for cabbage, and makes her own version of Kimchi. Choi confronts the male-dominated traditions of the past and investigates the state of women in Korea today. Her installation will be accompanied by live performances on December 22 (5-7pm), December 30 (3-4pm), January 6 (3pm-4pm), and January 13 (3pm-4pm).
Flora Choi is an installation and performance artist. Her current work investigates Korea’s cultural traditions and societal constructs. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and lives and works in Queens, NY. She has most recently shown her performance work at the annual art festival Art in Odd Places, which hosted her piece Upbraiding Tradition along 14th Street in Manhattan. Choi is a Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation Scholar, and is currently part of the foundation’s group exhibition I Live/ I Love running from December 27, 2011 through January 7, 2012 at Second Space Gallery, in which she is showing work that derives from her Upbraiding Tradition performance piece. The show is curated by a team of Hadar mentors, including video and performance artist Bill Beirne, independent curator Erin Donnelly, and educator Beth Rosenberg.
The Hadar Foundation art committee selected Choi for a solo show due to the strength of her artistic vision and her ability to present a solo project of significant scope. One of the foundation’s goals is to offer more in-depth support to an artist of promise.You may view Choi's work at

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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March for Danny Chen - OWS Supports the Chinatown Community

At an American Army base in Kandahar Province of Afghanistan on October 3rd 2011, Private Danny Chen was found dead in the living quarters of the army base where he was stationed with an alleged gunshot wound below his chin. 
The US military has informed his family, a 19 year old from Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown, in NYC, that he had been beaten by superior officers and subjected to racially motivated taunts prior to his death. The military has said they are continuing their investigation. Danny Chen was laid to rest on October 13, and the family still has not received any report or explanation for their tragic loss. 

This is one of a number of recent cases of hazing in the military that has led to the deaths of Asian Americans while in service in the US military. Without strong advocacy, such cases are rarely covered adequately, except in the local press. This parallels a major problem that is now receiving attention, of bullying in schools and colleges that can have a lasting impact on young people lives. This question has now been taken up by an Asian American Initiative in the White House. 

The members of Occupy Wall Street (“OWS”) takes this opportunity to join with Asian Americans and the Chinatown community to march for justice for Private Danny Chen on December 15, 6pm.  Starting at the Army Recruiting Center at 143 Chambers St and marching to Columbus Park, members and supporters of Occupy Wall Street as the 99%, wish to demonstrate that the concerns and issues of all the diverse neighborhoods of New York City are part of what is real and important to all who are part of the OWS family.  Particularly for Asian Americans – the broad diversity of Asians in the United States, who have often been forgotten when the questions of justice and inequity are raised, OWS affirms our rich cultural diversity as assets, and wants to emphasize, that the differences of race and culture will not impede, but rather enhance the broad coming together of people for justice and change. 

OWS supports the Chinatown community’s demand for a transparent investigation, and the goals of justice for Private Danny Chen. The army and the US military must make clear what affirmative steps they are taking to integrate, support, and protect its soldiers.       
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Film Screening: "A Village Called Versailles"

A/P/A Institute at NYU presents
A story of community activism and environmental justice in post-Katrina New Orleans...
“A Village Called Versailles”

Film Screening and Talk with filmmaker Leo Chiang and Scholar Julie Sze, UC Davis

Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival, “A Village Called Versailles” is filmmaker Leo Chiang’s feature documentary about Versailles, an isolated community in eastern New Orleans that has been settled by Vietnamese refugees since the late 1970s. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the
challenges by returning and rebuilding before any other flooded neighborhood in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. The film recounts the empowering story of how this group of people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

Following the film, Julie Sze, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of California at Davis and author of Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice will be in conversation with Chiang about the broader issues of race and environmental justice covered in the film affecting Asian American communities.
Friday, Nov 18th
Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street
Theater 101

RSVP: Online Here or email, or Call 212-992-9653

Talk and demonstration is FREE and open to the public.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Free Screening of "Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words"

Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
Time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Where: Center for Remembering & Sharing, 123 4th Avenue @12 Street, NYC

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words,” a one-hour documentary by mutli-award-winning writer/director Yunah Hong. Ms. Hong will be present to introduce the film, discuss her efforts to get it aired on public television, and take questions from the audience following the screening. 
Screen legend Anna May Wong (1905-1961) was the first Chinese American movie star. She grew up in L.A., daughter of a laundryman, yet she courageously chose a life that was a radical departure from familial and cultural expectations. Her story is one of resistance—of pushing back against close-mindedness and claiming space. This she did with enough glamour, style and humor to hold her own with the greatest stars of her day. She is a great role model and inspiration to artists struggling against racism and stereotypes even today.
She first starred, at age 17, in "Toll of the Sea," a silent version of Madame Butterfly. Her best-remembered film is "Shanghai Express" with Marlene Dietrich. She made dozens of films in Hollywood, London and Berlin. She was glamorous; photographers flocked to take her portrait. She was worldly and articulate, with friends like Carl van Vechten, Evelyn Waugh and Paul Robeson. Yet she spent most of her career typecast either as a painted doll or a scheming Dragon Lady.
Director: Yunah Hong
Executive Producer: William Smock
Producer: William Smock
Cinematographer: Eric Lin, Liam Dalzell
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Occupy Wall Street - Week of October 15th to 22nd

This is the second week we've been in Zuccotti Park.  It was crowded with people and tents, not much space to put the banner, so we hung it high above the artwork of an artist at the park.  A man and his son stopped by and help to hold the banner.

Mae Lee (on the right) and Bernice, Mae Lee's staff (on the left) holding the banner.

On the left, the African American man holding the banner is the artist who did the artworks presented below the banner.  
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Roundtable on status of community based organizations October 21st

A roundtable discussion took place on Friday, October 21, 2011.  It was hosted by NYU The Institute for Public Knowledge,  located at 20 Cooper Square, New York.  Guest panelists include John R. Killacky, Susan Cahan, A.B. Spellman and Sonia Basheva-Manjon was the moderator.  Panelists discussed the present status of community based organizations that came out of the Civil Rights Movement, and the impact that funding cutbacks are having on these small to mid-sized diverse cultural arts organizations.

Sitting in the middle are panelist John R. Killacky, A.B. Spellman, and Susan Cahan.

Cynthia Lee, former program director at MoCA gives her perspective to her many colleagues around the room. 
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Yellow Pearl's 40th and Kanako

The Yellow Pearl 40th Year Reunion was held at Project Reach 39 Eldridge St in NYC on the night of October 14th, 2011.  It was a wonderful and heartwarming evening with great company, great food, presentations and performances.

Participants in creating the Yellow Pearl graphic publication 40 years ago gathered to take a group picture.

Participants in Basement Workshop join together to take a reunion picture.

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POC meeting on October 19th

"We are the 99%" sign next to the American flag at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. 

Participants at the People Of Color (POC) group meeting on October 19th in the 60 Wall Street atrium .

Speaker addressing issues to everyone at the POC meeting on October 19th.
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Occupy Wall Street - Week of October 2nd

An enthusiastic crowd at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration event held at Washington Square Park on October 8th.  OWS made a video about how General Assembly function.  This one in the park was an exceptionally large assembly where the process of consensus was displayed.  In the video,  unbeknownst to Bob Lee he was video taped and became part of the beginning and conclusion of the tape. 
One of the signs at Zuccotti Park.  Naomi Klein, the  author of the "Shock Doctrine" said in a radio interview on WNYC on October 6th that once she saw a poster from OWS that read "I care about you", she knew that people there were going deep.  That this occupation was not only about important issues, but it was about changing the underline culture of our society.  This poster, "Compassion Is Revolution",  reflecting a key Asian value, is an expression for AAAC of how our mission of promoting and examining the integration of Asian values, are entering the United States.  
This is the first People of Color (POC) group meeting that attracted so many people on Sunday, October 9th.
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Benefit banquet by CACF

The 25th anniversary Caring For Children Awards Gala and celebration for the 25th anniversary of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) was held on October 5th, 2011 at Bridgewater, 11 Fulton  street, in South Street Seaport.  CACF was found in 1986 as the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for Asian Pacific American Children and families.   Awards were presented to Rocky Chin, Jeremy Kohomban, and Suki Terada Ports for their significant contributions to the lives of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.

 Award honorees including Rocky Chin, Jeremy Kohomban, and Suki Terada Ports

Rocky Chin speaking at the banquet.

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The retirement party of Suki Terada Ports

A retirement party for Suki Terada Ports was held on September 29th, 2011, at the Japanese American Association (JAA), located at 15 W 44th Street in New York City.

Suki Terada Ports has been a community activist since the 1960s. She founded the Family Health Project (FHP) in 1980 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color. Almost two hundred people attended the retirement party as Suki’s friends and colleagues spoke at the party in celebration of her achievements.  

 Suki Ports, Cobi Narita of Jazz center of New York (bottom middle), Soki Lee (bottom left), and their friends. 

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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Asian American Community March in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

On November 5, 2011, Asian American community members will again demonstrate support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Community members will start their march at 1:30 PM in front of the Bank of America on Bayard Street and the Bowery and march together to Zuccotti Park on Broadway and Cedar Street in time to join the weekly meeting of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at 2 PM.

Asian Americans have had a long history of involvement in movements to correct injustices in our society. The Occupy Wall Street movement is bringing much needed attention to the plight of many Americans who are struggling from the economic downturn and the increasing divide between the have’s and have not’s.

As 13% of the population, Asian American New Yorkers also have much to lose if we as a city and nation continue on this path where budget cuts are decimating safety net services. The Asian American community stands in solidarity to protect the most vulnerable in our society and call for fair share tax reform.

We want to take this opportunity and join with the remarkable people who have stood their ground and be part of the Occupy Wall Street. Join us, join the many individuals who will come to Zuccotti Park tomorrow at 2pm, and who have signed on to endorse this Call for Action!

The path of the march with the banner “Occupy Wall Street with Peace” will be from Bwoery to Worth Street onto Centre Street and Park Row, walking past City Hall Park to Broadway to our destination Zuccotti Park on Cedar Street. We welcome others to join the march from the start or anywhere along the route or at 2pm at Zuccotti Park.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Army Pvt. Danny Chen Died of Unspecified Causes During Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanisatan


On Oct. 3, her son, Pvt. Danny Chen, was found shot to death in a guard tower on an American outpost in Afghanistan. He was 19 years old.
Three days after his death, a military official told Ms. Chen and her husband, Yan Tao Chen, that investigators had not yet determined whether the shot to the head was self-inflicted or fired by someone else.
But the official also revealed, the Chens said, that Private Chen had been subjected to physical abuse and ethnic slurs by superiors, who one night dragged him out of bed and across the floor when he failed to turn off a water heater after showering.
Since then, the military has given little information about its investigation to the Chens, immigrants who speak no English.
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Friday, October 21, 2011
Digimovies at Exit Art - Screening of "Oxhide"

Oxhide ddirected by Liu Jiayin

Wednesday, October 26
Location: Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, New York NY 10018
Screening at 7:30pm

“The most important Chinese film of the past several years—and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country” – Shelly Kraicer, Cinema-scope “The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke’s Xiao Wu” – Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves.  Her father, Liu Zaiping, sells leather bags but is slowly going bankrupt.  He argues with his wife, Jia Huifen, and his daughter over methods to boost business in the shop.  A cloud of anxiety follows them into sleepless nights shared in the same bed.  But through the thousand daily travails of city life, a genuine and deeply moving picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges from the screen.

With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin’s eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family’s fifty square meter home.  Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack.  OXHIDE takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas.  “Liu takes the film language of “realism” into an entirely new dimension.” (Tony Rayns,Vancouver International Film Festival).
(Directed by Liu Jiayin; 2005; 110 min; China; In Mandarin)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011
ArtReview Names China's Ai Weiwei Most Powerful Person In The Art World

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei heads the 2011 edition of ArtReview’s Power 100, the magazine's tenth annual ranking of the contemporary art world’s most powerful players.

Only the second artist to top the list (after Damien Hirst in 2005 and 2008), Ai, who was arrested and imprisoned by the Chinese authorities for 81 days earlier this year, was ranked number one as a result of his activism as much as his art practice – both articulating a move away from the idea that artists work within a privileged zone limited by the walls of a gallery or museum.

Indeed the list, the most international to date, is marked by a number of practitioners – among them Cindy Sherman (7), Peter Fischli & David Weiss (28), Liam Gillick (32), Walid Raad (75), David Hammons (83), Christoph Büchel (88) and artist-filmmakers such as Steve McQueen (59) and Shirin Neshat (86) – whose work both enforces and questions the connection between art and life.

Alongside them, and at a time when funding is hard to come by outside the biggest commercial galleries, the list also highlights a group of agencies – among them Artangel (55), Townhouse (56), Creative Time (57), Outset (71) – that help facilitate the production of challenging art projects, as well as distribution agencies such as e-flux (5) that help provide these projects with an audience, and the thinkers (Boris Groys, 53, Slavoj Zizek, 65, Kaja Silverman, 95) who provide them with a context.

The list can be seen in full here, with the November issue of the magazine carrying full profiles, analysis, features, photography portfolios and commissioned artwork by Matt Mullican.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Zuccotti park at Broadway and Fulton is the site of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration.  In the early afternoon it’s still very crowded and here and there are speakers and discussion groups.  This older gentlemen offered his own set of solutions.

Serious discussions and planning meetings seem to be constantly happening.  Behind this group is a performance artist in costume. 

Someone getting a haircut.  Maybe one of the organizing leaders? Maybe not?

In the middle of the park is an essential area where organizing efforts are sustained and maintained. 

An area for posters, many quite interesting and insightful, worth reading.  They reflect the tone, the energy and the outlook of those gathered here. 
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Friday, October 7, 2011
AAAC Artists Archive - Introduction and Demonstration

This is an AAAC event.

Time:  Wednesday, October 12, 4:oo p.m. - 6:oo p.m; 
           Thursday, October 13, 6:oo p.m. - 8:oo p.m.

Location: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Community Center
                107 Suffolk St (at Rivington), New York, NY

An introduction and demonstration of 
the AAAC Artists Archive and its online site:

The contemporary art of the last sixty years by Asian American artists exhibited by Asian American Arts Centre will be accessed at this event, particularly during the talk by the curator/executive director Robert Lee.

The AAAC Artists Archive is a research and educational archive documenting the history of Asian Pacific American Artists in the United States since 1945 to the present. Focused on twenty six years of AAAC contemporary art exhibitions held in the Lower Manhattan, it is inclusive of American artists deeply influenced by Asia. Its online counterpart – is a high-quality research tool as well as an innovative educational asset for college and high school students, educators, and community members.

Foremost, it features images of the art works of the artists themselves, with written material to support them. Together they enable a direct experience of the art of Asian American artists and the issues and questions of cultural diversity in America.

Web Sites:

No RSVP required. Sit is limited so please come early.

The painting of "Charlie Chan the detective" is by Roger Shimomura

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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
MARVELS AND MONSTERS: Unmasking Asian Images In U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 Exhibition

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University in collaboration with the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections presents--MARVELS AND MONSTERS: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 The William F. Wu Collection at NYU Fales Library & Special Collections

Opening Reception and Talk with William F. Wu and Curator Jeff Yang 

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 6:00PM-8:00PM

Over four decades that included some of the most turbulent times in our nation's history, science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu painstakingly gathered an archive of comics distinguished not only by its size and reach, but by its scope: It is perhaps the world's only, and certainly the largest, collection of comic books featuring images of Asians and Asian Americans. Marvels and Monsters draws from this important collection, recently donated with the help of A/P/A Institute to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Enemy Alien: Confrontation with detention regimes of past and present.

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 arrives, Alwan for the Arts is presenting a screening of Enemy Alien (outreach/education version, 60 minutes) followed by a discussion of the film's themes of shared struggle between Muslim and Japanese Americans in the face of wartime xenophobia and racism, and how this solidarity can inspire an effective response to the massive expansion of immigrant detention and deportation which has continued from 9/11 to this day.

Enemy Alien, a first-person documentary, is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, the grandson of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, this documentary takes on unprecedented intimacy and historical resonance. 

As the filmmaker confronts his own family legacy of incarceration, his involvement in the current struggle deepens. Resistance brings consequences: In retaliation for organizing a massive protest from inside detention, Farouk is beaten and locked in solitary confinement, and his American-born son Tarek is arrested in a counterterrorism investigation into the documentary itself.

A project of Life or Liberty
Directed by Konrad Aderer

Thursday, September 8
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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Workshop - How Asian American Sexuality As Portrayed In popular Media?

Community Service Learning Project Workshop of the Chinatown Health Center on Asian Americans in the Media.  AAAC partnering with CBWCHC to develop a multimedia project created by the student interns to develop interns' understanding of the "Model Minority" myth, how it connects to health disparities, and how these concepts can be effectively expressed through art.  

The workshop looked at how Asian American sexuality as portrayed in popular media and found examples of Asian Americans in the media that work against these portrayed images/messages.  

The public exhibition and reception will take place on Tuesday, August 16th, 5:30PM - 9:00PM at Red Egg Restaurant, 202 Centre Street, NY.

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Friday, August 12, 2011
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Nearly 15 million Americans claim Asian descent, and a new art exhibition at one of America's premier art museums explores the Asian-American experience and identity. The BBC's Jane O'Brien reports from Washington.
Roger Shimomura was born in Seattle at the start of World War II. When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, he and his family were taken from their home and sent to an internment camp in Idaho.
They had lived in America for three generations - but the US government saw them first as Japanese and considered them a threat. Now, he is one of seven artists exploring the nature of Asian-American identity in a groundbreaking exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
"Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be thought of as only 'American knock-offs,'" he writes in the introduction to his paintings, which focus on the challenges of being different in America. He confronts stereotypes through self-portraits, placing his own likeness at the centre of popular cultural images.

My Call to Arms . Tam Tran. Digital print, 2009
'Humour And Rage'
Shimomura takes the iconic 19th Century painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware, for instance, and substitutes his own face for the president's.

"There's a tension here between belonging and being outside that is essential to the Asian-American experience. In this work, Roger proclaims quite loudly that he is an American. His art is in a sense a kind of response to the experiences that he has felt living as an eternal foreigner.""When I look at this picture I see both the humour and the rage that is at the heart of his work," says curator Frank Goodyear.
That theme is mirrored in the work of 38-year-old CYJO, a self-described Kyopo - the Korean term for ethnic Koreans living abroad. Born in Seoul, raised in the US state of Maryland and now living in Beijing, she photographed more than 200 people, mainly from America's Kyopo community.
The scale and format of each portrait is identical - full length against a white background - a style that is in direct contrast to the subjects themselves, who share very few physiognomic features and reflect their differing social and cultural environments in the way they dress.

According to Konrad Ng, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Program, such depictions force viewers to confront their preconceived notions of what it means to be Asian American.

American vs. Japs 2 . Roger Shimomura. Acrylic on canvas, 2010 
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Exhibition: Report From Japan by Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, & Hiroaki Sasa

“Report from Japan” by Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, Hiroaki Sasa

Location: Graphite. 38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition: July 29th - 31th, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30th, 6pm-9pm

An exhibition 'Report From Japan' at Graphite. features works of photographers Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, and Hiroaki Sasa, video artist's photographs and videos they had captured while providing volunteer work in Japan. The opening reception will follow with a talk by the artists. This is the report from the experiences at the scenes with real photos and videos images that are barely shared to us in NYC.

Canna Sasa, photographer and her husband Hiroaki Sasa, video artist  went to the Tohoku area in Japan to do volunteer work from May 15-29, 2011. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
"Growing Peace" - Indira Johnson's fields art project in Oregon, IL

Bird view of "Growing Peace"
Walking through "Growing Peace"

Indira Freitas Johnson is an artist, cultural worker, and activist based out of the Evanston, Illinois. Though she has resided in the States for well over two decades, Indira has continuingly kept close ties with her homeland, India. She uses a wide array of mediums for her creations, her materials often being derived from multiple sources ranging from discarded man-made items to the recycled and more organic. Her subjects often ponder the origins of South Asian values and ethics, spiritual development, and issues of social justice and humanitarianism. “The influences of my mother, a social activist and my father, an artist and a follower of Gandhi have been predominant in my life and art,” she writes, “I continue to deal with the same issues that have preoccupied me for the last two decades - the growth towards a spiritual existence as an individual and as part of the human continuum.”

Her most recent work is with the Fields Project of Oregon, Illinois, where she created a five-acre field sculpture titled Growing Peace. It is in this work that Indira contemplates the power of human perspective and its relationship to the process of finding peace within civilization. Her design, "Growing Peace" was meant to imprint the earth, inviting observers to become participants in our shared goal for peace. Indira employed the foot, a symbol that continues to dominate her work as the primary motif in "Growing Peace". She believes it's power lies in its universality and we stand and walk without feet, which gives us stability and grounds us to the earth. This is Indira's statement of her concept:
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Friday, June 24, 2011
"Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee"

"Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee" Exhibition at Queens Museum of Art
On view : June 25th - August 14th, 2011

Set inside the Queens Museum of Art’s magnificent Panorama of the City of New York, this exhibition presents the artist’s long-term commitment to documenting the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities of New York. These communities comprise 12% of the city’s population,  who are perhaps seen but not well understood. By capturing the geographically, culturally and linguistically disparate communities under a pan ethnic-framework, Corky Lee hopes to highlight a political solidarity and shared identity forged in the American and New York contexts. These contemporary images challenge centuries-old ideologies and representations, and thus becomes instrumental in reconstructing and redefining a population that will continue to flower as engaged citizens and take their rightful place in America. With the understanding that the 10th anniversary is close at hand, some images will hone in on issues of immigration and post-9/11 experiences. Drawing on the diasporic impressions, Corky also includes an image of the detained Chinese artist, Ai Wei Wei from 1989 during pro-democracy protests.

There are 18 of the 36 photographs spanning Corky's 40 years of work on QMA's website. Additional photos will be projected across the 9,335 sq. ft. 3-D display during the reception.

This exhibition is an extension of QMA’s Partnership Gallery program.

Exhibit is made possible by contributions from the Confucius Institute of Stony Brook University, Asian/Asian American Research Institute of CUNY, OCA-Long Island and Asian American Center of Stony Brook.

QMA will provide a free shuttle bus at the #7 train, Willets Pt. (Citi Field) to the museum between 2:30 & 6PM. By LIRR, the stop is Mets-Willets Pt. The walk from the station is approximately 10 minutes. Head towards Unisphere & QMA. There is limited free parking. 

QMA is open late on Fridays until 8PM during July & August.

Corly Lee's Bio:

Corky Lee is a New York based photographer whose subjects frequently depicts concepts of Asian American assertion and awareness in the social and public life of New Yorkers and indeed, of all Asians in the US. As a second generation Chinese-American, Corky grew up in Queens during the Civil Rights era. He has been described as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” with his work depicting pinnacle moments such as the events following the Vincent Chin murder and the 1975 protests at City Hall. In addition, Corky’s skills have been employed by a variety of media outlets, including Time Magazine, the New York Times and the New York Post. His photographs, spanning over a forty year period, are currently being displayed at the Queens Museum until August 14th in an exhibit titled, “Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee.”

Corky exhibited at the AAAC in November 1994 in Photography and Community: AAAC Annual. He served as curator for the exhibition, Not Your Chop Suey Chinatown: Eight Photographers selected by Corky Lee in December 2002. He was also part of The AAAC Story, Spring of 2002 – a collaboration with Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies Program at New York University - a critical review of the Arts Centre's work to date with one hundred artists from AAAC Permanent Collection.

“Who has not heard one of Corky’s stories? At the drop of a hat he can cite what was happening at the moment a photo was taken, even those long ago. We recognize Corky as a community photographer. Let’s also recognize him for the flip side of his work, as the, ‘undisputed unofficial Asian American Historian Laureate’.” - Bob Lee

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