Spring 2018 – News and Events

Spring 2018 – News and Events

3AP Crowdfunding Campaign

Help produce Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattos.

I’m excited to be illustrating my first children’s book, Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos. This is a bilingual feminist fairy tale set in Hawai‘i and Okinawa that illuminates an ancient tradition and pushes back against white normative standards of beauty. Okinawan Princess is written in Pidgin (Hawai‘i Creole) by Lee A. Tonouchi (aka Da Pidgin Guerrilla) and translated by Dr. Masashi Sakihara into a mix of Japanese and an Okinawan language called Uchinaaguchi. The book will feature over 35 of my original watercolor illustrations.

As thrilled as we are about this book, there are significant expenses we need to cover to complete the publication. So we’re asking for your help!

Thanks to 3Arts, I have the opportunity to run a crowdfunding campaign through the 3AP (3Arts Projects) platform. I’m inviting contributions in any amount, which will enable us to share this little known indigenous custom with future generations.

Please join us!

Crowdfunding with a Match – 3AP (3Arts Projects) is a unique crowdfunding platform with a built-in match that helps Chicago artists finance new creative work. 3Arts matches 1/3 of each project goal, charges no fees to artists, and offers mentoring and technical support.

  • My goal is to raise $4,000 but it’s all or nothing.
  • The campaign will run March 23–May 7, 2018.
  • Visit the 3AP site to learn more about my project and make a tax deductible donation to support “Okinawan Princess.”

The campaign (and link below) will launch on Friday, March 23, 2018 around noon.

https://3arts.org/projects/okinawan-princess/


Talks and Exhibitions:

2018 Association for Asian American Studies Conference
March 29-31, 2018
Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, California 94102 

Panel: Centering Legacies of Resistance: Asian American Visual Culture Strategies
Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:00am-9:30am in Bristol

Chair: Valerie Soe, San Francisco State University
Discussant: Tina Takamoto, California College of the Arts

Presenters:
Laura Kina, DePaul University
Collaborative Scholarship in Digital Humanities: Creating the Virtual Asian American Art Museum

Johanna Poethig, California State University, Monterey Bay
Legacies of Resistance and the Commodification of Art and Protest in Fossil Capitalism

Julie Thi Underhill, California College of the Arts
(Auto)biographical Persistence: Cham-American Filmmakers Defy the Rhetoric of Disappearance

Jenifer Wofford, University of San Francisco
Dearly Beloved/No Scrubs


Artist talk and solo exhibition “Laura Kina: Champaru”

Swarthmore College
Friday, April 13, 2018, 3 – 5PM
McCabe Library 100 Atrium
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

https://swatcentral.swarthmore.edu/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D282821344

This event is part of Compass: Navigating Multiness, an undergraduate three-day conference, to bring together people both personally and academically interested in the Multi experience.

The talk will take place in the McCabe atrium, followed by a reception in the 2nd floor exhibition space.

Lecture:

University of Connecticut
Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
Saturday, April 14, 2018 (details TBA)
Storrs, CT
https://asianamerican.uconn.edu/

KEYNOTE:  Lisa Yoneyama (Friday, APRIL 13, 2018)

Saturday, APRIL 14, 2018
QUEERING CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ART:  The Optics of Queer Studies and Critical Mixed Race Studies (Laura Kina)

HAWAI’I, TRANS-PACIFIC LABOR FLOWS, AND HISTORIES OF PLACE (Franklin Odo)

WAR, GENOCIDE AND JUSTICE: MEMORY WORK IN ASIAN AMERICAN ART (Cathy Schlund-Vials)

PACIFIC ITINERARIES: ISLANDS, OCEANIC IMAGINARIES, AND SITES OF CONVERGENCE IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ART (Margo Machida)

Group Exhibition:
Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

https://www.asianarts25.org/25th-anniversary-season

“Then and Now”
May 4, 2018–August 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 2018 (details TBA)
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Curated by Alexandra Chang, Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute at New York University.