Asian-American Collection





Cross-cultural, mixed-media, artwork.



Having grown up in a traditional Chinese household in what used to be a diverse neighborhood in San Jose, California, it had always been a struggle to identify me as either Chinese or American. I was speaking Cantonese at home, Mandarin formally, but English predominantly. Neither "Chinese" nor "American" was quite good enough, though I use them both interchangeably based upon who I'm talking to. The same identity problem resurfaced time and time again, which made me doubt the authenticity of my creations and ashamed to show my art. So for 30 years, my artwork remained a hidden hobby until I found a way for it to embody an equal mix of both cultures.


The Chinese American artworks that you see here are a combination of Chinese brush paintings presented with western mediums on canvas. The use of ink and Xuan/rice paper is quite literally fused onto pulled canvases, and sealed via acrylics and oils. In conjunction with a natural drying process, which produces this smooth and sleek effect, these paintings can take several days to come together. One small hiccup along the way and the whole painting is ruined., smeared, torn, or falls apart.


In many ways, this process of merging the various mediums is a direct representation of straddling the razor-thin balance that comes with being Chinese American. There's always a push and pull that exists between the two cultures, which stretches the middle ground to its thinnest potential. Keeping it all together often entails presenting both cultures seamlessly, functioning both as Asian art and Western art, however fragile the alliance may be.





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