The Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience

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The Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience

Stories of immigration long have been shaped through images. For early immigrants that traveled to California from China, pictures offered a means to remember places and people left behind. In their new environments, artworks enabled immigrants to craft visions that gave form and meaning to their new American lives. For pioneer immigrants and the later generations alike, art has provided a means for community building, protest and social action, and cross-cultural engagement. At the same time, visual expression has served as a tool of dissention and inequality. Images that play on racial and cultural stereotypes have been used to manipulate public opinion, calcify animosity and complicate the lives of both new immigrants and established citizens. The Wong Forum fuels an ongoing public and scholarly discussion of the importance of art to the development of Asian and Asian-American identity. 

Third Annual Symposium: Faces/Portraits/Selfies – November 3, 2017

Welcome Remarks: Jeanette Kohl
Introduction: J.P. Park

Derek Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz
“The Self-Portrait in the Narcissistic Age”

Dora Ching, Princeton University
“Fascinating Faces: Identity and Type in Chinese Portraits”

Maria Loh, Hunter College
“Status Update”

Amy Freund, Southern Methodist University
“The Name of a Dog: Eigtheenth-Century Portraiture and the Question of the Animal Self”

Conrad Rudolph, University of California, Riverside
“FACES: Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems”


Second Annual Symposium: The Art of Homeland in the United States – November 4, 2016

Keynote Presentation:
Chon Noriega
, University of California, Los Angeles
“So Different, So Appealing”

Leo Mazzow, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
“Edward Hopper’s Portable Homes”

Carmenita Higgenbotham, University of Virginia
“William H. Johnson Between Folk and Modern”

Mark Minch, Tufts/University of California, Riverside
Homeland as Gesture: The Paintings of Maidu Artist Frank Day”

Maryam Kashani, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Somewhere else but here: Visual Ethnography and an American Islamoscape Between Imagination and Image”

Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Northwestern University
“Smiling Faces Sometimes: The Homeland Portraiture of Tseng Kwong Chi”


Inaugural Symposium: The Art of Homeland in the United States – May 1, 2015

Gordon Chang, Stanford University
“Asian Amercans, Race, and War: Visualize the Indeterminate”

Amy Lyford, Occidental College
“Isamu Nogushi’s Modernism and the Politics of Japanese American Internment”

Shipu Wang, University of California, Merced
“Alien at Home: Making SEnse of the Japanese American Internment through Art”

K. Scott Wong, Williams College
“World War II and the Transformation of Chinese America”