Monthly Archives: July 2011

Asian American Female Visual Artists needed for psychology interview

My name is Sharon Lee and I am a counseling psychology doctoral student from the University of Iowa. I am currently conducting my dissertation study. My dissertation examines the career development of Asian American female visual artists. Currently, I am recruiting young Asian American female professional visual artist, between the ages of 21 – 35, who are willing to share their story of their experience in pursuing an artistic career. My hope is that this study will provide helping professionals information on how to better assist young female Asian Americans artists in their career development.

Your participation involves completing a short web-based demographic screening questionnaire. If you are selected after completing the questionnaire, participants will be contacted for an interview. The interview will focus on your experiences in your career development, and afterwards a brief follow-up session regarding the interview will be conducted. Participation will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours for the entire project. All responses will remain confidential.

Participants who participate in the interviews will receive an Amazon gift card in the amount of $25 as compensation for their time in the study. If you are interested in being part of this study, please click on the link or copy the following URL into your web browser to be taken to the on-line questionnaire.

This study has been approved by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact the principle investigator, Sharon Lee, by e-mail at or by phone at (331) 472-7058 or the dissertation supervisor, Dr. Saba Ali, at or by phone at (319) 335-5495.

Thank you for your interests. Your participation is greatly appreciated. If you know of others who may be interested in this study please feel free to forward this e-mail.

Sharon Lee, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate
University of Iowa
361 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: (313) 472-7058

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Portland Hapa Tour

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon Presents:
Portland Hapa Tour
Thursday, August 4 · 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Portland, Oregon 97209

APANO is excited to sponsor a Portland Hapa Tour, an interactive
afternoon of photography, dialogue and community education on issues
of race and mixed race identity from an Asian Pacific Islander
perspective. We are partnering with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to
host a special APANO-only reception and viewing of the “Part Asian,
100% Hapa” exhibit by artist Kip Fullbeck from 3:00 to 4:30. In “Part
Asian, 100% Hapa” Fullbe…ck has paired portraits of mixed race
individuals from around the country with their personal response to
the frequently asked question “what are you?”. The reception includes
a presentation with Professor Patti Duncan of Oregon State University.

Suggested Cost: $7.00 covers exhibit entry fee and reception (online
in advance or at the door with RSVP)

Register online at or contact Anna Nakano-Baker at
971-340-4861 or

Following the tour, join us for a free panel discussion….

Oregon Nikkie Endowment Presents:
A critical mixed race studies panel discussion with artists Laura Kina, Emily Momohara and Dmae Roberts on what it means to be a “hapa.” The discussion will be moderated by Tim DuRoche and held in conjunction with Kip Fulbeck’s exhibition Part Asian: 100% Hapa at the Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s Legacy Center.
University of Oregon in Portland
August 4, 2011 5:00-6:30pm

White Stag Block Room #142/144 (in the Old Rown Historic Chinatown District)
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
For more information contact Nicole Nathan at 503-224-1458

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Homi K. Bhabha: Culture and Security Sept 8, 6pm Chicago

Homi K. Bhabha: Culture and Security
Thursday, September 8, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Free with museum admission
Free for SAIC students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID

If the 19th century has frequently been represented as the great age of empire, articulated in ideals of progress and development, then the 20th and 21st centuries have been marked by a growing securitization of life, politics, and culture in an age of global expansion. What are the aesthetic and political technologies that attempt to provide security and solidarity while activating the anxiety and excitation of abandonment and annihilation? This lecture will dwell on a wide range of ideas and objects in order to explore the thin line that lies between barbarism and civility.

Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and senior advisor on the humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes, including Nation and Narration and The Location of Culture. Bhabha is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and an advisor on the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives project at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is also the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, and a trustee of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity.

Presented by SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program <>  and Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago.

To register for the Symposium for Social Difference and Artistic Practices Sept. 9th click here <> .

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Kindred Spirits: Silva / Tanimura

Kindred Spirits: Silva / Tanimura
Helium Gallery
4710 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL

4 artists • 3 generations • 2 families • 1 spirit

Opening night: Friday, July 29, 7:00 PM
wine, light refreshments and live music.

As a follow-up to last year’s “Father & Son” show featuring Michael and David Tanimura, this year we are privileged to team up with another father and son: Bueno and Eulalio de Silva.

The exhibition will continue for 2 weeks with closing celebration on August, 13.

Check out the artists at:

Download the poster here: kindredspirits-poster

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Chicago’s Halycyon Theatre presents Family Devotions

Family Devotions
by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Jennifer Adams

In sunny California, three generations await their famed great uncle’s arrival from communist China.  From zealous elderly sisters to their assimilated adult children to Americanized teenage grandchildren, comedy erupts as a family makes surprising discoveries about the people they thought they knew the best.

Featuring: Kaori Aoshima, Gordon Chow, Katelyn Foley, Arvin Jalandoon, Jin Kim, Mia Park, Eliza Shin, Dwight E. Sora, Helen Young.

Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
August 11 through September 4, 2011; Tickets $10-$25
More info: devotions

Performances are at the Greenhouse Theater Center,
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Greenhouse Box Office: 773.404.7336 or

Parking is available at a discount in both of the neighboring hospital parking lots: Children’s Memorial Parking Lot, Lincoln Park Memorial Parking Lot.

Halcyon Theatre is partially supported by a grant from The Alphawood Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
Halcyon Theatre admin office: 3334 W. Wilson, #1, Chicago, IL 60625

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AAWAA Asian American Women Artists Association — Emerging Curators Program: Call for Proposals


AAWAA is launching the Emerging Curators Program to provide the opportunity for new curators to develop their vision and encourage curatorial expertise in the Asian American community. As curator, you will be responsible for concept, planning, coordination and communicating with AAWAA’s curatorial team.


Asian American woman or women (curatorial teams will be considered)


  • Venue: Flax Art and Design of San Francisco
  • Exhibition dates: November 2011
  • Display area: 6 art display kiosks 3-sided, each side 2 ft. wide x 7 ft. high

Curator Responsibilities:

  • Scheduled check-ins with AAWAA
  • Select Asian American women artists, either by call for entries or invitation
  • Curator statement
  • Artists statement, bios
  • Price list including info for labels and insurance
  • Content for publicity
  • Coordinate delivery and pickup

AAWAA Responsibilities:

  • Flax Art & Design liaison
  • Curatorial advice
  • Publicity: social media, postcard, aawaa newsletter, press release

Flax Art & Design Responsibilities:

  • Installation
  • Labels
  • Reception, including refreshments
  • Publicity

Submission Requirements:

  1. Curatorial Intent: Why do you want to participate in this project? (approximately 250 words)
  2. Curatorial Proposal (max 1pg, 12pt font, single space)
    1. Concept
    2. Workplan (How will you implement your proposal?) including:
      1. Artist selection process (invitational or call for entries and juried). Optional: list of proposed artists, draft of call for entries
      2. Timeline
      3. Optional: low resolution jpg images
  3. Resume


Instructions to Apply:

Send submission requirements by email with the subject line “Flax [Your Name Here]” to


Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2011
  • Notification by: Monday, August 22, 2011
  • Exhibition: November 2011 (possibly extended to early Dec)

Submit inquiries to Download the printable application here.

Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.

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Asian Arts Initiative’s Artists Exchange Festival

Calls for Artists, Performers, Curators and Producers

The Asian Arts Initiative hopes that the following programs will foster inspiration and dialogue among our diverse audiences of emerging and professional artists, youth and elders, Asian Americans and non-Asians – through exposure to a wide array of artists, artwork, creative processes, and community issues. In particular, we are interested in projects that address themes or issues that are timely and relevant to the Asian American community in Philadelphia; and/or that engage with the local Chinatown neighborhood.

Call for Exhibition Proposals:

Asian Arts Initiative Community Curators Program

Asian Arts Initiative is pleased to issue a call for Community Curators. This program provides exhibition opportunities for visual artists, curators, and organizers exploring community issues and concerns.  A “Community Curator” can be an individual artist, a professional curator, and/or a community representative who has an idea for an exhibition that they would like to make happen in the Asian Arts Initiative’s main gallery.

Community Curators Program call for artists (full version) – Download
Community Curators Program application – Download

Deadline: Rolling

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Call for Performance-Based Proposals:

Asian Arts Initiative Guest Producers Program

Guest Producer Qian Li at Percussing Different event Taiko Drummers at Percussing Difference event

The Asian Arts Initiative is pleased to issue a call for Guest Producers. This program provides exhibition opportunities for performing artists and organizers exploring community issues and concerns through dance, music, spoken word, theater, performance art, and/or multi-disciplinary work. A “Guest Producer” can be an individual artist, a professional producer or curator, and/or a community representative or team who has an idea for a performance-based event that they would like to make happen at the Asian Arts Initiative.

Guest Producers Program call for artists (full version) – Download

Deadline: Rolling

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Call for Performing Artists:

Fall 2011 Artists Exchange: Home, far and near
November 10 – 19, 2011

Asian Arts Initiative is pleased to invite applications from performance-based artists to participate in our 2011 Artists Exchange exploring the theme of “Home, far and near.” Our Artists Exchange was started in 2002 with the original goal of supporting Asian American artists to explore or research topics and issues facing the Asian American community, and to create new work grounded and inspired by the learning exchange. As the Artists Exchange has evolved, we have also realized the importance of providing a collaborative space, especially for solo artists, and the opportunity for creative exchange.

We are seeking up to 8 artists representing diverse performance disciplines—including but not limited to, dance, music, spoken word, and theater. Each artist who is selected to participate will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Travel stipends and accommodations will be provided for artists who live outside the Philadelphia area. Artistic collectives or ensembles are eligible to apply though stipends and performance time will be limited.

Full description of Artists Exchange festival and application – Download (pdf)

Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2011

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David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at the Goodman Theatre through July 24th






“Four Stars!” (out of four)
A “shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy”
— Chicago Tribune

Broadway Bound!
From the award-winning author of M. Butterfly, Chinglish is an uproarious new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own.

A Midwestern American businessman who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk—but what is she saying, anyway? From the acclaimed author of M. Butterfly. See it now before it heads to New York!

To order tickets or for more information visit the Goodman Theatre

Also this summer…from the Chicago Tribune “David Henry Hwang makes a triple-play for Chicago”
The Goodman Theatre stages the world premiere of his newest work, “Chinglish,” Silk Road Theatre Project presents the 2007 play “Yellow Face” and, later in the summer, Halycon Theatre produces a much earlier work, “Family Devotions.”

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