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War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
  • Laura Kina, DePaul University
  • Wei Ming Dariotis, San Francisco State University

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.

This multi-author volume features a foreword by Kent A. Ono, a co-authored preface and introductory essay by the editors, 20 original artist interviews conducted by the editors, and original essays from Wei Ming Dariotis and contributing authors: Camilla Fojas, Stuart Gaffney, Rudy Guevarra, Jr., Eleana J. Kim, Richard Lou, Margo Machida, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Lori Pierce, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Ken Tanabe, and Wendy Thompson-Taiwo.

Featured artists: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Laura Kina, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, and Debra Yepa-Pappan. Additional text and images about artists Kaili Chun, kate hers, Guston Sondin-Kung, KimSu Theiler, and Maya Weimer.

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

  • Contemporary Art,
  • Asian American Studies,
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies,
  • hapa,
  • love child,
  • war baby,
  • war bride,
  • Amerasian,
  • war history,
  • biracial baby boom,
  • multiracial,
  • mixed-race
Publication Date
January, 2013
University of Washington Press
Citation Information
Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis. War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art. Seattle(2013)
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