Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity Panel Discussion with Curator Laura Kina, Author Camilla Fojas and Artists Chris Naka and Debra Yepa-Pappan

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.

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