On view at the Wing Luke Museum August 8, 2013-January 19, 2014. For more info visit: http://www.warbabylovechild.com/exhibition

Jenifer Wofford was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Her Filipina mother was born in Manila, and her European American father was born in California. Her parents met in Thailand, but didn’t date until both happened to move to San Francisco around the same time. The imagery in MacArthur Nurses is based on the famous staged photograph of General Douglas MacArthur “returning” to the Philippines in 1944 and alludes to the contemporary migration of Filipina nurses throughout theworld, especially to the United States.

Given my childhood moving around overseas, I would say that I identify as a ‘Third Culture’ kid as much as I do biracial.

On August 7, Laura Kina was interviewed by Tiffany Rae Reid for Mixed Race Radio.  Listen to the podcast below:


Artist Debra Yepa-Pappan presenting at the DePaul University Art Museum, May 29, 2013. Photo by Midori Aronson.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm over 50 people joined us at the DePaul University Art Museum for a panel discussion with curator Laura Kina, author Camilla Fojas and artists Chris Naka and Debra Yepa-Pappan on “Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity.” To view the panel video, click here.

Artists Chris Naka and Debra Yepa-Pappan with co-curator Laura Kina and contributing author Camilla Fojas, May 29, 2013. Photo by Midori Aronson.

Laura Kina is Vincent de Paul Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design and a member of the Global Asian Studies program at DePaul University. She is a studio artist and the coeditor and curator of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art.

Camilla Fojas is Vincent de Paul Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and a member of the Global Asian Studies program at DePaul University. Her books include Cosmopolitanism in the Americas, Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier, Mixed Race Hollywood, which she coedited with Mary Beltrán, and Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific, which she coedited with Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. Her most recent work is Pop Imperialism: Island Frontiers of the U.S. Imaginary.

Debra Yepa-Pappan is a Korean and Jemez Pueblo artist who utilizes digital imagery to visually share her story about being mixed race. She points out the similarities within her 2 cultures by incorporating symbolic imagery found in both, while keeping a contemporary and pop art aesthetic. Educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and Columbia College in Chicago, her recent solo exhibition, Dual(ing) Identities, was featured at the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art (Santa Fe, NM, 2012). Her work is in collections of the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM and the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, Aurora, IL and has shown nationally and internationally, including the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia and the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston, IL. Debra currently lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband, artist Chris Pappan, and their 10 year old daughter, Ji Hae Yepa-Pappan.

Born in 1983, Chris Naka is a native of Chicago. His father is Sansei and was born in the Manzanar Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp, and his mother is a secular European American Jew. Chris is best known for his short animated videos that have been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, 2012), The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, 2011), and The Palazzo Papesse (Siena, 2007). He is co-director of the artist run gallery Julius Caesar and an avid long distance runner. Chris received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, and his MFA from Northwestern University in 2011.

This event was co-sponsored by the Japanese American Service Committee, DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity President’s Diversity Series, and Latin American and Latino Studies.

If you didn’t get a chance to come to Mequitta Ahuja’s visiting artist lecture for “War Baby/Love Child” at the DePaul Art Museum on May 15, 2013, you can catch it on CAN TV. Tune in to cable channel CAN TV21 (or CAN TV19) in Chicago.

“War Baby/Love Child”: Mequitta Ahuja Artist Talk

Sunday, May 26th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Sunday, May 26th, 5:00 PM, Channel 19
Monday, May 27th, 8:00 AM, Channel 21
Monday, May 27th, 12:00 PM, Channel 19
Tuesday, May 28th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19
Tuesday, May 28th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21
Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 PM, Channel 21

Also, on CAN TV, catch a short:

Exhibition Tour “War Baby/Love Child”

Sunday, May 26th, 10:30 AM, Channel 21
Monday, May 27th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19
Tuesday, May 28th, 11:00 AM, Channel 19
Tuesday, May 28th, 1:30 PM, Channel 21
Monday, June 3rd, 11:00 AM, Channel 19

Coeditors Wei Ming Dariotis and Laura Kina with friends at the University of Washington Press wine reception and book signing event at AAAS 2013.

On Friday, April 19, 2013, University of Washington Press hosted a wine reception and book signing for their authors at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference in Seattle, WA.

Wei Ming Dariotis and Laura Kina signing copies of War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013). Photo courtesy of Ranjit D. Arab.

Coeditors Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis also participated on a panel on Saturday, April 20, 2013, “Miscegenating Discourses: Critical Contexts for Mixed Race Asian American Art” featuring presentations by artists/activists Richard A. Lou (University of Memphis), “Los Anthropolocos Unearth the White Empire,” and Stuart Gaffney (University of California, San Francisco) “Loving the Day: Images of Marriage Equality Then and Now.”

Stuart Gaffney, Wei Ming Dariotis, Laura Kina, Richard A. Lou after their panel presentation at AAAS 2013. Photo courtesy of Wei Ming Dariotis.