Book

War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
Edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
Published by University of Washington Press, January 2013
$45

War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai’i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of “optional identity,” this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.

This multi-author volume features a foreword by Kent A. Ono, a co-authored preface and introductory essay by the editors, 20 original artist interviews conducted by the editors, and original essays from Wei Ming Dariotis and contributing authors: Camilla Fojas, Stuart Gaffney, Rudy Guevarra, Jr., Eleana J. Kim, Richard Lou, Margo Machida, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Lori Pierce, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Ken Tanabe, and Wendy Thompson-Taiwo.

Featured artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Laura Kina, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, and Debra Yepa-Pappan. Additional text and images about artists Kaili Chun, kate hers, Guston Sondin-Kung, KimSu Theiler, and Maya Weimer.

Major funding for the publication has been awarded through the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, DePaul University and San Francisco State University.

Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University.

Wei Ming Dariotis is associate professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University

War Baby / Love Child Book Cover

Praise for War Baby / Love Child

“War Baby / Love Child is an interesting, original, and innovative project that expands the field of Asian American studies by using visual art as a point of entry and analysis for the discipline.”—Mark Johnson, editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

“One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies.”—Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness