War Baby / Love Child

Mixed Race Asian American Art

Edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis
Foreword by Kent A. Ono

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  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies; Art History / Asian American Art; Visual Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 44 color illus., 17 bandw illus., 7 x 10 in.
  • Contents

War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.

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Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University. Wei Ming Dariotis is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

"War Baby / Love Child is an interesting, original, and innovative project that expands the field of Asian American studies by using visual art as a point of entry and analysis for the discipline."
-Mark Johnson, editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

"One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies."
-Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness

Foreword by Kent A. Ono

Part One Introduction
1. Miscegenating Discourses: Critical Contexts for Mixed Race Asian American Art and Identity / Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis

Part Two "War Babies": U.S. Wars in Asia and Mixed Asians Philippine-American War and World War II: Postcolonial and Mestizo Identity
2. Skin Stories, Wars, and Remembering: The Philippine-American War / Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.
3. Eating Your Heart Out: An Interview with Lori Kay
4. Somewhere Tropical: An Interview with Gina Osterloh
5. Wading to Shore: An Interview with Jenifer Wofford

World War II Mixed Race Japanese Americans
6. The Celtic Samurai: Storytelling a Transnational-Transracial Family Life / Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
7. Yonsei Hapa Uchinanchu: An Interview with Laura Kina
8. 9/11 Manzanar Mashup: An Interview with Chris Naka
9. Gravity Always Wins: An Interview with Laurel Nakadate

Korean War Korean Transracial Adoptees
10. Producing Missing Persons: Korean Adoptee Artists Imagining (Im)Possible Lives / Eleana J. Kim
11. Crossfading the Gendered History of Militarism in Korea: An Interview with Jane Jin Kaisen

Vietnam War Vietnamese Amerasians
12. Lost in Their "Fathers' Land": War, Migration, and Vietnamese Amerasians / Cathy J. Schlund-Vials
13. In Love in a Faraway Place: An Interview with Serene Ford

Part Three Hawai'i: Mixed Race and the "Discourse of Aloha"
14. Six Queens: Miss Ka Palapala and Interracial Beauty in Territorial Hawai'i / Lori Pierce
15. Remixing Metaphors: Negotiating Multiracial Positions in Contemporary Native Hawaiian Art / Margo Machida
16. Hawaiian Cover-ups: An Interview with Adrienne Pao
17. I've Always Wanted Your Nose, Dad: An Interview with Samia Mirza

Part Four "Love Children": Domestic Racial Hierarchies, Antimiscegenation Laws, and Revolutions
Eurasians and "Hapas": Mixed White Asians
18. Both Buffer and Cosmopolitan: Eurasians, Colonialism, and the New "Benevolent" Globalization / Wei Ming Dariotis
19. Cosmopolitan Views: An Interview with Li-lan
20. 100% Hapa: An Interview with Kip Fulbeck
21. Archiving Ephemera: An Interview with Amanda Ross-Ho

Mixed Bloods Mixed Asian Native Americans
22. Reappearing Home: Mixed Asian Native North Americans / Wei Ming Dariotis
23. Walking in "Chindian" Shoes: An Interview with Louie Gong
24. Hello, Half-breed!: An Interview with Debra Yepa-Pappan

Blasians Mixed Black Asians
25. What Used to Be a Footnote: Claiming Black Roots in Asian American-Asian Caribbean Historical Memory / Wendy Thompson Taiwo
26. Jamaican Hybridity within the "Bowels of Babylon": An Interview with Albert Chong
27. Automythography: An Interview with Mequitta Ahuja

Mestizaje Mixed Latino Asians
28. Revisiting Border Door and UnEarthing Los Anthropolocos' White-Fying Project / Richard A. Lou
29. Journey of a "Chicanese": An Interview with Richard A. Lou
30. Artificial Gems: An Interview with Cristina Lei Rodriguez

Part Five Conclusion
Revolutions: The Biracial Baby Boom and the Loving Day and Marriage Equality Movements
31. The Biracial Baby Boom and the Multiracial Millennium / Camilla Fojas
32. Loving Days: Images of Marriage Equality Then and Now / Stuart Gaffney and Ken Tanabe

About the Authors

"It is a very fine example of the Fine Art of Race Talk."
-Brett Russell Coleman, Magic Mulatto

"The project makes visible underrepresented histories with Asian-American studies, mixed-race studies and contemporary art. The exhibition and accompanying book . . . map out and contextualize the lives and works of these artists."
-Jessica Davis, City Living Seattle, September 26 2013

"A fascinating book on mixed-race identity and visual art."
-Shawn Wong, International Examiner, June 5 2013

"Kina and Dariotis's volume offers an evolving and rich archive of marginalized but must-be-seen art production which scholars in Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Art History can synthesize in multiple exciting ways."
-Susette Min, Amerasia Journal