War Baby, Love Child- Artist interview Podcasts!, website, and Ex Cred.

Listen to one of these podcasts and reply with a comment or new post of 200 words connecting the artist’s thoughts with course readings or themes for extra credit

War Baby Love Child Home Page: http://www.warbabylovechild.com/photos/

Link to Artist Interview podcasts: https://leilaninishime.wordpress.com/category/podcasts/

Link to Seattle Times discussion of the exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, 2014: http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2021627392_warbabywingxml.html

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Lori Kay “Heir to Rice” from the War Baby, Love Child Exhibit

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To see some very questionable interpretation of the sampan/ non la see this item description  (Best selling!) and image from online seller The Hat company out of Las vegas (this is real merchandise marketing, not artwork) Thoughts?http://www.thehatco.com/Coolie_Sampan_Rice_Paddy_Hat.html

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Coolie Rice Paddy Sampan Hat

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Price: $25.95
This hat is one size. Color, as shown.

Laquered straw Coolie. Hand woven in Southeast Asia. Tie-on chincord included.

This Coolie Hat is the real thing. Worn daily by millions in Asia in the rice paddys.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “War Baby, Love Child- Artist interview Podcasts!, website, and Ex Cred.

  1. I listed to Richard Lou’s podcast. In this podcast he described the story of his father moving to the United States in 1895 from China. Lou’s background of the story, and mentioning of Machida, refers back to the reading by Machida titled “Unsettled Vision.” Both Machida and Lou provided background information concerning immigration in the United States, specifically having specific “contact zones” where immigrants would live. In Lou’s grandfathers case, this contact zone was in the delta in Mississippi, where many different Asian ethnicities moved to. One of the reasons that so many different ethnicities were living together was because big organizations did not want the people to communicate and work together to get higher wages.
    Lou’s podcast interview was based on oral history. His grandfather was illiterate, so the only stories he knew were from memory. This is a reinforcement of the importance of oral tradition because not everyone has the ability to read. Oral hermeneutics plays an important role in Lou’s work of art. The grandfather felt ashamed that he did not know how to read or write so he moved to a new country to provide his children with those opportunities. Moving to a new world for his children is not an uncommon story. Many people moved away from their homes for opportunities for their children. By using oral hermeneutics, Lou could connect with his grandfather in a symbolic way. Lou is referring back to his grandfather’s lack of education so that reading is not necessary to enjoy the art he created. “Stories On My Back” is a large piece that could be enjoyed by the uneducated as well as the educated. Although his grandfather has probably passed on, this work would be something he would enjoy without feeling ashamed

    Bryan

  2. Watching the video “War Baby/Love Child” opened my eyes to the negative connotations behind phrases like mixed race. I think she was saying that the reason it may have become negative was because historically people frowned upon mixed race relationships. The picture ( couldn’t figure out how to post it, is portrait of a man and underneath in handwriting is written “100% black 100% japanese” ) really stood out to me in the video because it is a complete opposite of the preconceived notions one might have about mixed race. It seems as if someone is fed up with being labeled as half Japanese and half black. Rather than being labeled he is proud to take ownership of both cultures simultaneously. His race then becomes not “what I am,” but “Who I am.” Maybe changing mixed race to something else would be more effective. Mixed race sounds degrading the same way mixed breeds of dogs are called mutts. We shouldn’t have the same criteria for judging people as we do for dogs. I think that the man in the picture is actually polycultural not mixed race. He has obvious stereotypical physical characteristics that we recognize as Japanese or African American but he shouldn’t be valued by how he looks and judged but appreciated for the cultures he comes from and chooses to align himself with. I think we talked about this in class when people are immediately judged by how they look and then excepted to act a certain way. It reminds me of the Indian lady who enjoyed playing jazz but was told not to because it wasn’t her culture. People’s culture are not defined by how they look. Especially in America.

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