Queering the inquiry of Asian American art

QUEERING CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ART Edited By Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017, 296 pp., $90 hardcover; $40 paperback) This anthology grows out of a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Summer Institute held at New York University in 2012, co-directed by Margo Machida and Alexandra Chang and entitled, “Re-Envisioning […]

Reconceptualizing the narrative of American art

THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: MATSURA, ISHIGAKI, NODA, HAYAKAWA By ShiPu Wang (University Park, Penn: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017, 196 pp., $69.95, hard cover) I have always been intrigued by the titles authors select to represent their books, and most especially if they are as deftly apt as that ShiPu Wang has devised for the […]

Finding my own ‘Place’ through art

It’s one thing to write for a living and another to create art. Art often speaks personal truths or attempts to articulate something difficult to tangibly describe. So it was a radically different exercise for me to create a piece of art for the “A Place of Her Own” exhibition currently on display at J-Sei […]

LETTERS: A JAM Workshop Gem

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent in response to the “Close-knit Japantown artists reconnect” article that appeared in the May 2-15, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, I read with interest in Heather Ito’s story about (JAM), the Japantown Art and Media Workshop that made “poster, logo and brochure designs for various […]

AN OUTDOOR URBAN GALLERY: The San Jose Japantown mural

SAN JOSE — Described as an “urban gallery,” the artistry, color, and vision of designer/artist Tamiko Rast and a number of local artists shines through the 60 uniquely crafted panels reflecting images of San Jose’s Japantown, both past and present. After two years, the mural project, which is fixed to the city’s Corporation Yard fence […]

Obama intends to nominate farmer to Nat’l Council on the Arts

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David Mas Masumoto as a member of the National Council on the Arts on June 20. Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer, author, and columnist for The Fresno Bee. Masumoto’s books include “Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm,” “Harvest […]

‘Phantoms’ takes a modern look at ancient Asian cultural beliefs

Exploring themes of life, death and beyond, “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” is the Asian Art Museum’s first large-scale contemporary art exhibit. Examining timeless themes and questions of the cosmos, “Phantoms” features more than 150 artworks, combining 60 new works with objects from the museum’s current collection. This exhibit blends new perspectives of […]

How Allen Say found his way: His journey to becoming an artist

DRAWING FROM MEMORY By Allen Say (New York: Scholastic Press, 2011, 64 pp., $17.99, hardcover) Here is the personal story of acclaimed artist/storyteller Allen Say. In this memoir he tells us how he found his way to become an artist. He includes photos, sketches and drawings. Born in 1937 near a fishing village near Yokohama, […]

An artst’s life — interrupted

SIGNS OF HOME: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita By Barbara Johns (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011, 272 pp., $50, hardcover) The new book “Signs of Home,” edited by Barbara Johns, brings the life and art work of Issei painter Kamekichi Tokita (1897-1948) back into public view. In a sense, it is […]

Japanese American centenarian donates life work and more to Vermont college

NEWBURGH, New York  — In the 1920s, Tokyo high school student Hideichi Oshiro was moved by a haiku poem he never forgot. In it, Edo era poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) described coming across the subtle beauty of a wildflower during a walk in the mountains. “I wanted to make this kind of haiku in my […]

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