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Exploring identity and mixed race issues through art

Philippa P.B. HughesBy Philippa P.B. Hughes on Dec 02, 2012 | Add a Comment Add a Comment (3122)

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Exploring identity and mixed race issues through art

I'm really excited about an event at the National Museum of the American Indian coming this Saturday with artist Louie Gong who will lead a workshop in which participants learn how to make art pieces out of art toys that he calls "Mock-ups." The purpose: to explore issues of identity, community and mixed heritage through art.

I'm especially drawn to this topic as someone who grew up in a suburb of Richmond, VA, where my brother and I were the only half-Asian kids in our school until high school when another Asian sister and brother moved to our neighborhood. I always felt out of place because I didn't think I belonged anywhere. I was disconnected from Asian culture having grown up in an American suburb watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Scooby Doo and reruns of The Brady Bunch and listening to Casey Kasem's Weekly Top 40 and playing soccer. But I looked very different from all the other kids at school and was often taunted because of my Asian features. At the time, there was very little support for mixed heritage kids like me. I'm really glad this discussion is taking place now because the American population is becoming more and more culturally and ethnically diverse and mixed.

The art making event is on Saturday, December 8 from 7 to 10 PM at the National Museum of the American Indian. DJ Will Eastman will spin tunes that night and while also dining at the Rammy award winning cafe. More info here.

We'll get to speak with Louie directly tonight (Monday, December 3, 6:30 to 8:30 PM) at Salon Contra. Space still available if you want to attend. RSVP here.

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