About the Artists
Bob Hsiang began photographing various political and cultural events at the dawn of the Asian Movement some thirty five years ago. A student journalist at the time, he witnessed the growth of Asian American awareness on both the East and West Coast. After studying at S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, he lived in New York and was active in the anti-war Vietnam movement and community involvement among Asian American groups. In the mid-seventies, he moved to San Francisco where he joined Kearny Street Workshop and taught photo classes at the de Young Museum Art School. During that period, he became involved with the International Hotel struggle for senior housing and the preservation of the hotel. Hsiang also began documenting Asian American cultural groups such as Asian American Theater, Asian American Dance Collective and Asian American Jazz Festivals. He is still active at Kearny Street Workshop as an advisor and often participates in various exhibitions and events. Aside from community work, Bob developed a freelance photography career in the Bay Area which he practices to this day. Among his clients are corporations, non-profit organizations and private clients. http://www.bobhsiangphoto.com
Donna Keiko Ozawa is a native San Franciscan living in Berkeley with an Oakland studio. Her work is primarily sculpture and installation which include kinetic and viewer-activated sculpture, politically-inspired work and art with recycled and found materials. Her work has been exhibited in Northern California, Chicago, Baltimore and Tokyo, Japan. Since graduate school, Ozawa has worked as a stagehand, museum preparator, and art and environmental educator. In 2005, she created and produced "The Waribashi Project: San Francisco," an environmental art project about disposable chopsticks in collaboration with Japantown restaurants and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). Prior to receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, she worked as a community organizer and youth advocate. For more information, visit http://www.donnaozawa.com and http://www.waribashi.org.
Born in California in 1977, Christine Wong Yap makes drawings, prints, sculptures, installations and papercuts around the themes of optimism and pessimism. She has exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently at Green Papaya Art Projects (Philippines) and in the FRED Festival (UK). She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts (CCA). Her involvement in community work includes leading 17 mural projects around the country. She lives in Oakland, CA and is an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.christinewongyap.com.
About Kearny Street Workshop
Kearny Street Workshop is a community-based arts nonprofit based in San Francisco. Founded in 1972, KSW's mission is to produce and present art that enriches and empowers Asian Pacific American communities. Our vision is to achieve a more just society by connecting APA artists to community members to give voice to our cultural, historical, and contemporary issues. Now in our 35th year, KSW offers workshops, visual exhibitions, readings, artist salons and panel discussions, an annual arts festival, and more. For more information, please visit www.kearnystreet.org
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Added by KSW on April 2, 2008