Image archive I’m building for my Asian American Lit. students of relevant, important, or thought-provoking visual artwork. Suggestions or feedback welcome.
Left: A future for our children? (Nancy Hom, 1985) Right: Fight for decent low rent housing (Rachael Romero, SF Poster Brigade, 1978)
Jake Lee, Laborers Working on Central Pacific Railroad (1950); Chinese laborers lay the transcontinental railroad track through the Sierra Nevada mountains, a pivotal project in the development of America. Courtesy of Chinese Historical Society of America.
Alexander Lee, The Great Fish Changing Skies as the Vast Marae of the World (2008)
Chinese American Women Airforce Pilots in the 1930s. Courtesy of Frances M. Tong, Museum of Chinese in America Collection.
Chang Shu-Chi, Messengers of Peace (1940). This painting was presented to FDR in 1940 on his third inauguration as a mark of goodwill from Chinese political leader, Chiang Kai-shek.
Bumpei Usui, Party on the Roof (1926). New York City serves as the backdrop in this painting where the artist was most active (Usui was originally from Nagano, Japan)
Chiura Obata, Setting Sun: Sacramento Valley (1925). Courtesy of Gordon Chang, Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970.
Xin Song, Tree Of Life (2012). Located in the mezzanine window at the Bay Parkway Station, Tree of Life bridges the art of contemporary photo collage and traditional Chinese paper cut to evoke the community that surrounds the Bay Parkway Station, in a masterwork of precision and grace. Courtesy NY Metro
Crossing the Delaware–Roger Shimomura. Courtesy The Smithsonian
Ethnic pride mural, Public Library, Hercules, California
Japanese American boys at an internment camp in the United States during World War II. Courtesy National Archives.