Asia America Art Collective
ASIA AMERICA ART COLLECTIVE 2014
NOVEMBER 14-15, 2014
schedule of events
Playwriting workshop with jiehae park
Blue Scholars with opening act from Oberlin Hip Hop Collective
10:00am-10:45am : LECTURElocation: art building, room tba11:00am-11:45am: Tintype Crash CourseLocation: Art building, room tba11:45am-12:30pm: tintype crash courselocation: art building, room tba
Mia Nakano Lecture & tintype workshop
1:30-3:00pmLocation: Hallock auditorium
MOONROOT Zine Making and Self Preservation Workshop
3:15pm-4:30pmLocation: Hallock Auditorium
Kazim Ali Poetry Lecture
5:00pm-6:00pmLocation: Hallock auditorium
Sahra Vang Nguyen, Lost in Translation: Discovering Compassion through Persona Poems
9:00pm-11:00pmLocation: Fairchild Chapel
Shakai Mondai Performanc with opener Sahra Vang Nguyen
Asia America Art Collective Mission Statement:
Art, across all mediums, has the ability to heal, provide a voice, build community, and empower individuals through creative channels. Art is also a powerful tool to grapple with one’s personal identity, for art is an inherently reflective and intimate medium for self expression. If identity is the core of one’s internal and external experiences, art is the reflection of their existence and all that is within. Through exploring individual identity, artists create overarching narratives that other individuals with similar experiences and backgrounds can relate to. This intersection and parallelism of narratives cultivates a shared drive, which ultimately gives voice to groups of individuals. It is through the continued process of self-reflection and self-expression that art transforms itself from its fundamentally internal channels into a unified body of collectively motivated thought.
The Asia America Art Collective (AAArt) Collective is a coming together of a broad range of artists who identify with or are influenced by the Asian diaspora. These individuals express this influence through mediums including but not limited to visual art, music, performance, poetry, writing, comedy, dance, film, theater, craft, and other fields. By bringing these individuals together, the AAArt Collective attempts to explore the dialogue between Asia and America, and highlight the artists who bridge these cultural gaps. AAArt Collective not only creates a space for artists influenced by the Asian diaspora to exhibit their work in a comfortable and supportive environment, it enables the diffusion of ideas, principles and personal experiences amongst those who identify as Asian to any degree, amongst those who identify as artists, amongst those who fall somewhere in between, and all others who share a passion for any of these aforementioned themes.
Although the AAArt Collective takes place at Oberlin College and the Oberlin community is its primary audience, it is our intention to provide other Asian/Asian American student organizations around the Midwest the chance to attend and participate. Although art is in dialogue with all forms of politics, history and culture, art specifically influenced by the Asian diaspora is not nearly as prevalent in the American Midwest as it is in other regions of the United States. To feature this particularly specialized field of art and to provide this opportunity to individuals who may not come in contact with these subjects regularly is an incredibly powerful gesture. This process of sharing that AAArt Collective aims to achieve thus serves as a vehicle for heightened artistic, social, political and cultural awareness amongst all contributors and attendees. Most importantly, the AAArt Collective is an occasion intended to celebrate the works of renowned and emerging Asian artists; observance is the means to which communities can revel in a shared experience and progress beyond the realms of art.
Overall, it is AAArt Collective’s goal to build a creative-minded community for artists within or influenced by the Asian diaspora in order to celebrate these individuals and their artistic contributions, provide a space for contributors and attendees to share their experiences and voice their opinions, and cultivate a cooperative drive towards greater artistic, social, political and cultural awareness.
Jiehae Park is a writer and actor in NYC. Her play HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO won the 2013 Princess Grace Award and 2013 Leah Ryan Prize; her work has been developed through Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, where she is proud ongoing member. Upcoming development: HSMB at Playwrights Horizons, HERE WE ARE HERE at New York Theater Workshop. She is a recent Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell and Yaddo resident, and facilitator for NYTW's Mind the Gap intergenerational playwriting workshop. As a performer: NYTW, La Jolla Playhouse, Prelude, Studio Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, REDCAT. BA (theater), Amherst College; MFA (acting), UCSD.
Mia Nakano is a photographer, filmmaker, and media artist. She is a seasoned self-taught artist and educator who advocates the use of visual arts to create social change. She is the Director of the Visibility Project: a photo and oral history collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American and Pacific Islander Women and Trans* communities.
Nakano is the founding photo-editor and LGBTQ editor of Hyphen magazine, she is an active board member of the Queer Cultural Center, and Oakland based youth organization, Banteay Srei.
Nakano’s photography has been featured on the cover of Colorlines, the Kathmandu Post, and highlighted on Democracy Now!. Her artwork has been shown nationally from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Nakano has contributed her visual arts, production, and curatorial skills to organizations such as the Smithsonian, Salon.com, the de Young Museum, and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.
Her work is simultaneously accessible and challenges multi-generational audiences from junior high students, university level faculty, to social justice leaders.
Sine Hwang Jensen:sine hwang jensen is a fire tiger living, learning, and dreaming in baltimore, maryland. she is more than the sum of her parts.
Mina Itabaashi: "mina is a 1.75 gen immigrant with roots in hong kong and yokohama. her name means [beautiful wild apple tree] in japanese, although she's still a seed in dispersal."
a description of moonroot:
"MOONROOT is a creative collective of womyn, trans, and genderqueer folks of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, living and loving in diaspora. We are an evolving experiment in building loving, radical community across social and geographic borders that began in 2011. Rooted in a deep desire to resist isolation and invisibility, we are committed to enacting creative possibilities that move all of us towards healing, wholeness, and self-determination."
for more moonroot info, you can check out: http://moonroot.info/about.html
Kazim Ali’s books include four volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and Sky Ward. He has published three novels, Quinn’s Passage, The Disappearance of Seth andWind Instrument, two collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice and translations of poetry by Sohrab Sepehri and Ananda Devi and novels by Marguerite Duras. He is the editor of Jean Valentine: This-World Company. He is on the faculty of Oberlin College and is founding editor of Nightboat Books.
Award-winning poet and essayist Kazim reads from his most recent book of poetry, SKY WARD, winner of the Ohioana State Library Book Award in poetry and his cross-genre memoir BRIGHT FELON: AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND CITIES, long listed for the Lambda Literary Award and finalist for the Asian American Literary Award.
SAHRA VANG NGUYEN KAZIM ALI
Sahra Vang Nguyen is an artist, writer, and creative producer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She has served as the Director of the Writing Success Program at the University of California, Los Angeles where she helped undergraduate students develop their critical thinking, self-empowerment and agency through the writing process. Sahra has published an e-book of poetry titled, "One Ounce Gold," and she has been published in the print anthology, "Pho For Life." Her writing primarily explores themes of identity, race in America, the Vietnamese American experience and the power of human potential. She has toured universities across the country speaking, performing poetry and facilitating workshops on topics related to student empowerment. In Fall 2013, Sahra was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in a celebration of Asian American artists. In Spring 2014, Sahra created a web series about NYC entrepreneurs called, "Maker's Lane," which was co-presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Hyphen Magazine. The series celebrates innovation, creativity and trailblazers in the entrepreneurial spirit of the American Dream. In September 2014, Sahra was honored with the May Takayanagi Making Waves Award by social justice leaders at Asian American Resource Workshop's 35th Anniversary celebration in Boston, MA. Currently, Sahra continues her passion for storytelling and giving living to underrepresented stories as a Digital Contributor for NBC News, writer for Huffington Post and filming Season 2 of Maker's Lane.
社会問題 (shakai mondai) is the solo project of recent oberlin grad rachel ishikawa. her work implicitly explores asian american identity and femininity through dream-pop beats and field-recordings.
The 2013 Asia America Art (AAArt) Collective is scheduled for April 5th-6th, 2013 at Oberlin College.
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All the workshops have been finalized!
Derek Kirk Kim - Graphic Novel Workshop
Anida Yoeu Ali - Re-tellings: Poetry beyond headlines and body counts
How often do we see positive and nuanced images of people of color in the media and in the headlines?
How can art and media-based projects subvert stereotypes, humanize experiences, and strategically intervene against violence and injustices? This workshop is a response to the absence of progressive and complicated depictions of Asians, African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Arabs, Women of Color, Mixed-Race and First Nations communities. This workshop aims to use poetry, found writings, and personal narrative not only as modes of expression but also as acts of intervention against oppression. Come with an open mind and be ready to share your personal stories.
Patricia Nguyen - Into the Heart and Onto the Streets: Learning to Embody Your Politics movement -based workshop
In a land where rhetoric seems to rule, this workshop creates a space for
participants to integrate words and action to create social change. By actively
engaging with ourselves and reflections on communities we work with, this workshop pulls from the
work of theatre of the oppressed and dance-based techniques to practice
liberatory forms of education and movement building through art.
Registration is now free! This includes admission to all of the workshops, speakers, and performers, and entry to the banquet Saturday evening.
To register for the conference, please fill out the form here. The deadline for registration is March 30th, 2013.
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4-6pm TGIF Check In and Social (Wilder Bowl)
8-10pm: Colors of Rhythm Featuring Patricia Nguyen & D’lo
Finney Chappel ($3 admission to be donated to a scholarship fund)
10-12PM: Bonfire on Tappan Square
Saturday April 6th
12:00pm-1:00pm: Graphic Novelist Panel Featuring Derek Kirk Kim and Toufic El-Rassi moderated by Ryan Wong
1:30pm-2:30pm: Asian American Embodiment with Pipo Nguyen
3:00pm-4:00pm: Generation Return: Art & Justice Post-Genocide and Post-9/11 with Anida Youe Ali
4:30-6:30pm: Workshops/Rock Spray Painting
Patricia Nguyen, Derek Kirk Kim, Anida Youe Ali
6:30-8:00pm: Closing Banquet with Ryan Wong
8:30-9:30pm: Comedy Show with Hari Kondabolu
10-1am: After Party at the 'Sco
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical and rising.” He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He made his UK television debut on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News in April 2011, which preceded a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hari is also a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Born and raised in Queens, NY, he went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.) He attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit- earning dissertation entitled “Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” By far, the least funny thing he’s ever written.
D’Lo is a queer/trans Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, poet, director, comedian and music producer.
D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally.D'Lo's poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies and academic journals, most recently: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.Aside from touring the university/college circuit with D’FaQTo Life (pr. defacto), D’Lo tours Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show which received the NPN Creation Fund Grant inclusive of residencies in 9 US cities and additional support from the Durfee Foundation Grant.
In 2012, D’Lo worked as the sound designer for Cherrie Moraga’s new play New Fire which premiered at Brava Theater. He is also working on his latest solo show Minor D’Tales and touring his full-length stand-up storytelling show D’FunQT (pr. defunct) internationally (SF, NY, Manchester, UK and 7-city tour in India and Sri Lanka). He is in workshop production for his 2nd full length play Boys that Pray (dir. Laurie Woolery) which received funding from the Astraea Foundation and is editing the anthology of coming out stories that have been compiled from his “Coming Out, Coming Home” workshop series.
Professor and Photographer Pipo Nguyen Duy
Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam, growing up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel. In 1975 he immigrated to the United States as a political refugee and took on many things in pursuit of his diverse life interests. As a teenager in Vietnam, he competed as a national athlete in table tennis. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Carleton College. He then moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender and later as a nightclub manager. While living in the East Village in the 80’s, or as Pipo describes, “the crux of creativity in New York,” and meeting people such as musician Don Cherry and artist Keith Haring, Pipo interests turned to art. In 1992 he earned a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 1996, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. Pipo has received many awards and grants including, in 2011, a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited and is in public collections in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He is represented by Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a child of refugees, growing up in an ethnically diverse working class community, she was raised on the bedrock of hope and hardwork . Patricia has carried this spirit into her work in the United States, Vietnam, Brazil, and the Philippines with over 10 years experience working in the arts on education, community development, and human rights. In 2010, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Vietnam. She has since co-founded cây, the first life skills and art therapy reintegration program with the Pacific Links Foundation for human trafficking survivors along the border regions of Vietnam. Currently, Patricia is pursuing her M.A./Ph.D. in the Performance Studies Program at Northwestern University. Patricia believes art is a tool for community building and healing- transforming communities through dialogue, creativity, and invigorating people’s imagination and hopes to build a vision for a more just society.
Director of Uploaded Kane Diep
Kane's earlier work includes shorts, Slurp (2010) and Le Retour (2011) both premiering at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Lonely (2011) premiered at the UCSD's Up & Coming Film Festival. Kane's work has also been televised on PBS's Shorts Showcase and Mnet's Short Notice programs. Diep graduated from UC San Diego with a Visual Arts Media: Film and Digital Cinema degree and extended his studies in directing and cinematography at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kane's past experience include managing a modern music and performance venue called The Loft where he produced a sold out series titled Luminance consisting of 8 concerts, in 2 years, featuring over 30 prominent Asian American artists. Luminance aimed to showcase popular up and coming talent including AJ Rafael, Marie Digby, Clara C, and Legaci. He has spoken on panels throughout the national including Princeton, New York University, and University of California. He continues to work towards the advancement of Asian Americans in the arts and entertainment through his films and hopes to inspire and empower the next generation to pursue their passions.
Assistant Curator Ryan Wong
Ryan Wong is the assistant curator of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Founded in 1980, MOCA is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums. The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs. MOCA’s expansion accommodates its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools. Graphic Novelist Toufic El Rassi Toufic El Rassi was born in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the Chicago area with his parents in 1979. He graduated from DePaul university with a bachelor's in communication and a master's in modern Middle Eastern history, and is a lecturer in social sciences at Oakton Community College and Harold Washington City College in Illinois. Arab in America describes Rassi's life experiences living in America. After the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995, he first felt the desire to conceal his identity as an Arab. Before the real culprit (a white, clean-cut, Gulf War veteran) was found, his neighbors and co-workers complained about the Arabs they thought committed this act of terrorism. He describes that he has never felt like he fit in in America. Arab in America does a lot to inform and teach about what American life feels like to one who feels "other".
Graphic Novelist Derek Kirk Kim
Derek Kirk Kim (born 1974) is an award-winning Korean-American writer, cartoonist, and filmmaker. He is the writer of TUNE and the writer and director of the spin-off webseries, Mythomania. He won both major comics industry awards in 2004, the Eisner and the Harvey, for his debut graphic novel Same Difference and Other Stories, which was originally serialized on his website Lowbright(formerly known as "Small Stories"). He also won the Ignatz Award for promising new talent, in 2003, for the same graphic novel (which was originally published with the help of a 2002 Xeric Award). All of his stories reflect, to a greater or lesser degree, his personal experiences. He offers poignant tales with an ever-present dash of humor. His drawing style is realistic and clean, based on the "clear line" school made famous by Tintin creator Hergé. His story lines range from the naturalistic to the fantastic.
Toufic El Rassi
Toufic El Rassi is an Instructor of history and political science and the humanities at Oakton College. He is also an artist, writer, graphic novelist and commentator on Middle Eastern affairs. His book " Arab in America" is now available. His latest book "Baghdad Burning" will be released in 2013. He currently lives in Chicago
Collective Hotel (20 minutes from Oberlin)
La Quinta North Olmsted (link here)
25105 Country Club Blvd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Phone: 1-440-734-4477 Fax: 1-440-734-0836
$79/night (we have 20 rooms reserved at that price, please call and mention the AAArt Collective at Oberlin when booking)
For a complete list of housing accomodations, please click here.
The only hotel in Oberlin is the Oberlin Inn. There are several bed and breakfast type spaces in the town as well. We are currently working on partnering with a nearby hotel to get group rates and arrange shuttle service to and from the hotels. Please make sure to sign up for our email list to receive updates here.
Karl Orozco '13
Nicole Mak '14
Robin Wong '15
Joelle Lingat '14
Joestine Con-Ui '13
Justin Kang '16
Lizzie Roberts '13
Shi Shi '13
Tziporah Amgott-Kwon '15