Inviting you to a May 29th panel discussion @ DPAM, a June 6th show I'm helping organize for a JASC fundraiser, and sharing press.
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Panel Discussion
"Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity"

Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m.

DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60614

Free and open to the public

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LAURA KINA is a Vincent DePaul 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 a Vincent DePaul Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and a member of the Global Asian Studies program at DePaul University. She is the author of many books, including Pop Imperialism: Island Frontiers of the U.S. Imaginary.

DEBRA YEPA-PAPPAN is a Jemez Pueblo and Korean artist based in Chicago. Her "digital pop" artwork portrays contemporary Native people and interrogates American Indian stereotypes.

Born in 1983, the video artist CHRIS NAKA is a native of Chicago. His father is sansei (third-generation) and was born in the Manzanar Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp. His mother is a secular European American Jew. Naka earned his BFA in 2006 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Northwestern University in 2011.

This event is cosponsored by the Japanese American Service Committee, DePaul's Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity President's Diversity Series, and Latin American and Latino Studies.

War Baby / Love Child was curated by Laura Kina, Vincent DePaul Professor of Art, Media and Design, and Wei Ming Dariotis, associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

A 304-page companion book has been published by the University of Washington Press and is available at the museum or from the publisher.

More information about the exhibition and related events can be found at
the DPAM website and

Above: Debra Yepa-Pappan, "Live Long and Prosper (Spock was a Half-Breed)," digital print.

Major funding for this exhibition was awarded through The National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


Check out the press for War Baby/Love Child:

Press highlights:
Video - DePaul University Office of Public Relations and Communication, “DePaul Art Minute – War Baby/Love Child exhibition“, May 16, 2013

Radio - Brian Babylon and Molly Adams interview with Mequitta Ahuja and Laura Kina, “Local Artists Collaborate on Asian Heritage Art Exhibits at DePaul,” Vocalo radio (90.7FM) MorningAMp, May 16, 2013

Review - Lori Waxman, “‘War Baby’ is something to see, if you can let go,” Chicago Tribune, May 8, 2013

Recommended  Michael Weinstein, “Review: War Baby/LoveChild:DePaulArtMuseum,” Newcity Art,  April 30, 2013

I serve on the board of the Japanese American Service Committee and am helping curate the art show for this event to celebrate the rich history and culture of Japanese Americans in Chicago on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Enjoy appetizers from Kamehachi and an open bar featuring sake from The Sake Locker while viewing a specially curated one-night exhibition Resonance, featuring contemporary artwork by Chicago artists:
Also on display will be historical artifacts from the JASC Legacy Center archive that each artist selected for the way it resonates with their work.

To make sure no one leaves empty-handed, an amazing selection of artwork, cultural items, restaurant and salon gift certificates, sports tickets, jewelry and other wonderful items will be available at the Silent Auction.

Tickets are $125 per person; $65 for 35 and under:

Above: Ian Miyamura, "Social Gathering ," oil and egg tempera on panel.
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