Past Events

War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
August 9, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S. King Street Seattle, WA 98104

Opening ReceptionThursday, August 8, 2013

6-7pm: Special preview for Museum Members and invited guests. Light refreshments will be served.

7-8pm: Open to the public, free admission, No RSVP required.

Curators Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis will be in attendance, as well as featured artists Stuart GaffneyLouie GongLori KayRichard Lou, and Jenifer Wofford.

If you’d like to attend the special preview from 6-7pm, please contact or 206.623.5124 ext 107.

Also, Laura and Wei Ming will lead a tour the following Saturday.

Related Programs at the Wing Luke Museum:

Saturday, August 10, @ 1pm
Curator lecture with Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis | 

Take an insider’s look at the works of War Baby/Love Child with Curators Laura Kina, Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design at DePaul University and Wei Ming Dariotis, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Learn more about the process and about the artworks that were on display during this show in DePaul University. A book signing of their book, which includes color images of the artwork, follows.

Tickets: $7 General (includes FREE Gallery admission), $5 Member. | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre at The Wing

Saturday, August 17, 4pm

Book reading with Cathy J. Tashiro

Cathy J. Tashiro discusses her latest book Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed Race Americans, which highlights the voices of older Americans of mixed race whose very existence broke the steadfast rules of the color line. Free.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 2-5pm


This workshop for artists includes a Q&A session and reception with Maria Villafranca from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Villafranca will discuss strategies for sustaining your artistic practice, including an overview of awards, residencies, and opportunities available to individual artists in Washington State and nationwide. This workshop is geared toward individual artists at all stages in their careers. For more information, please click here.

Tickets: $ 10 general admission, $7 members and students. To purchase tickets, please call 206.623.5124 | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre and Community Hall at The Wing.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Film screening of The Woman, The Orphan and The Tiger by Jane Jin Kaisen

Saturday, October 26, 2014

All day teaching workshop on how to discuss race with a focus on high school curriculum.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Eighth Generation Art Workshop with Louie Gong, including artist presentation, film screening of Unreserved, and art workshop.

War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
curated by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
April 25, 2013 – June 30, 2013
DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60614

Opening receptionThursday, April 25, 2013
5-6pm: Members’ Preview (become a member)
6-8pm: Public Exhibition Opening

Chicago related programs to be held at the DePaul University Art Museum:

Monday, April 29, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
The Woman, The Orphan, And the Tiger (2010) film screening and discussion with Danish filmmaker Jane Jin Kaisen on international, transracial Korean adoption.
Single-channel video, DVCPRO 720p
72 min.

In collaboration with Guston Sondin-Kung, Jane Jin Kaisen’s film exposes how military and patriarchal violence against women and children became central in international geopolitical negotiations. It creates a strategic genealogy between three generations of women: the former comfort women who were subjected to sexual slavery by the Japanese military, women who have been sex workers around U.S. military bases in South Korea, and South Korean international adoptees.

Jane Jin Kaisen is a visual artist born in South Korea and adopted to Denmark in 1980. She has an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of California Los Angeles and is a Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program alumni. Working in a project-based manner within the mediums of film, performance, and writing, she creates multi-layered narratives that seek to renegotiate representations of memory, history, and transnational subjectivity. Kaisen has exhibited her works and screened her films in various contexts in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Beyond her individual artistic practice, she is part of the artist collective itinerant_sends_for_itinerant with Guston Sondin-Kung.

Sponsored by the Danish Arts Council and co-sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity President’s Diversity Series, Global Asian Studies program and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Mequitta Ahuja artist talk

Mequitta Ahuja received her MFA from UIC in 2003, mentored by Kerry James Marshall. Mequitta has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 12X12, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, BravinLee Programs in New York and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, France. Group exhibitions include: Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Collects African American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Poets and Painters at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS, Portraiture Now at the National Portrait Gallery and Usable Pasts at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Mequitta’s work has appeared in Modern Painters, March 2007 and Art News, February 2007. In February, 2010, Mequitta was profiled as an “Artist to Watch” in ArtNews. Holland Cotter, art critic of the New York Times, in his “last chance” article in the June 1, 2007 edition of the Times, sighting Mequitta’s NY debut exhibition Encounters, stated “Referring to the artist’s African-American and East Indian background, the pictures turn marginality into a regal condition.” Mequitta received a 2011 Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Award and a 2008 Houston Artadia Prize. Mequitta was a 2009-2010 artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the 2011-2012 Stewart McMillan artist-in-residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Mequitta is represented in Europe by Galerie Nathalie Obadia.

Co-sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity President’s Diversity Series and the Department of Art, Media, & Design.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:00-8:00pm 
Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity panel discussion with curator Laura Kina, author Camilla Fojas and artists Chris Naka and Debra Yepa-Pappan

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.

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.