War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

Paperback | January 17, 2013

EditorLaura Kina, Wei Ming DariotisForeword byKent A. Ono

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War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.

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War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, incl...

Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University. Wei Ming Dariotis is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 17, 2013Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295992255

ISBN - 13:9780295992259

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kent A. OnoPrefaceAcknowledgments

Part One. Introduction1. Miscegenating Discourses: Critical Contexts for Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity / Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

Part Two. "War Babies": U.S. Wars in Asia and Mixed Asians Philippine-American War and World War II: Postcolonial and Mestizo Identity2. Skin Stories, Wars, and Remembering: The Philippine-American War / Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.3. Eating Your Heart Out: An Interview with Lori Kay4. Somewhere Tropical: An Interview with Gina Osterloh5. Wading to Shore: An Interview with Jenifer Wofford

World War II: Mixed Race Japanese Americans6. The Celtic Samurai: Storytelling a Transnational-Transracial Family Life / Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu7. Yonsei Hapa Uchinanchu: An Interview with Laura Kina8. 9/11 Manzanar Mashup: An Interview with Chris Naka9. Gravity Always Wins: An Interview with Laurel Nakadate

Korean War: Korean Transracial Adoptees10. Producing Missing Persons: Korean Adoptee Artists Imagining (Im)Possible Lives / Eleana J. Kim11. Crossfading the Gendered History of Militarism in Korea: An Interview with Jane Jin Kaisen

Vietnam War: Vietnamese Amerasians12. Lost in Their "Fathers' Land": War, Migration, and Vietnamese Amerasians / Cathy J. Schlund-Vials13. In Love in a Faraway Place: An Interview with Serene Ford

Part Three. Hawai'i: Mixed Race and the "Discourse of Aloha"14. Six Queens: Miss Ka Palapala and Interracial Beauty in Territorial Hawai'i / Lori Pierce15. Remixing Metaphors: Negotiating Multiracial Positions in Contemporary Native Hawaiian Art / Margo Machida16. Hawaiian Cover-ups: An Interview with Adrienne Pao17. I've Always Wanted Your Nose, Dad: An Interview with Samia Mirza

Part Four. "Love Children": Domestic Racial Hierarchies, Antimiscegenation Laws, and RevolutionsEurasians and "Hapas": Mixed White Asians18. Both Buffer and Cosmopolitan: Eurasians, Colonialism, and the New "Benevolent" Globalization / Wei Ming Dariotis19. Cosmopolitan Views: An Interview with Li-lan20. 100% Hapa: An Interview with Kip Fulbeck21. Archiving Ephemera: An Interview with Amanda Ross-Ho

Mixed Bloods: Mixed Asian Native Americans22. Reappearing Home: Mixed Asian Native North Americans / Wei Ming Dariotis23. Walking in "Chindian" Shoes: An Interview with Louie Gong24. Hello, Half-breed!: An Interview with Debra Yepa-Pappan

Blasians: Mixed Black Asians25. What Used to Be a Footnote: Claiming Black Roots in Asian American-Asian Caribbean Historical Memory / Wendy Thompson Taiwo26. Jamaican Hybridity within the "Bowels of Babylon": An Interview with Albert Chong27. Automythography: An Interview with Mequitta Ahuja

Mestizaje: Mixed Latino Asians28. Revisiting Border Door and UnEarthing Los Anthropolocos' White-Fying Project / Richard A. Lou29. Journey of a "Chicanese": An Interview with Richard A. Lou30. Artificial Gems: An Interview with Cristina Lei Rodriguez

Part Five. ConclusionRevolutions: The Biracial Baby Boom and the Loving Day and Marriage Equality Movements31. The Biracial Baby Boom and the Multiracial Millennium / Camilla Fojas32. Loving Days: Images of Marriage Equality Then and Now / Stuart Gaffney and Ken Tanabe

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War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies. - Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness