“Once upon a time it was rare to find any Asians in prestigious art schools.”
This is the first sentence of groundbreaking artist Bernice Bing’s statement for the 1990 six-woman exhibit “Completing the Circle” featuring notable Chinese American female artists, and which showed at the Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco. That this is how Bing chose to begin her statement is telling; Bernice Bing was one of the nation’s earliest Asian American artists to break into the elite world of modern art.
As[I]Am is a really phenomenal digital magazine focused on representation of Asian Americans in art and social justice. They are planning an upcoming issue titled “Resistant Bodies” which will focus “on how our bodies are read and interpreted, and how they can be a site for struggle, reflection, and/or transformation.” This issue will include a broad array of relevant topics including “burlesque and body image, environmental sustainability and food justice, presentation of queer femme identity, and the ownership of body and portrayal.”