One Way or Another

Asian American Art Now

Edited by Melissa Chiu, Karin Higa, and Susette S. Min; With essays by Margo Machida and Helen Zia; With contributions by Atteqa Ali, Kóan Jeff Baysa, Aimee Chang, Doryun Chong, Tim Davis, Reena Jana, Miwako Tezuka, and Christina Yang

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Contemporary Asian American artists––with a strong sense of being American and an acute critical consciousness of world matters––grapple with issues of identity in a way that sets them apart from their predecessors. Whereas many Asian American artists of a previous generation directly referred to an Asian sense of self in their works, it can be argued that younger Asian American artists only sometimes make reference to it or omit it entirely.

This creatively designed book focuses on recent works by seventeen Asian American artists born in the late 1960s and 1970s––including Patty Chang, Kaz Oshiro, and Jean Shin––to explore this pivotal generation of artists, the prevalent themes in their art, and the different ways they configure identity in their work. One Way or Another features examples of painting, sculpture, and video and installation art––many previously unpublished––and includes essays that discuss the shifting meaning of Asian America over the last decade and address the issues of mixed heritage and the emergence of an evolving Asian American identity in an increasingly globalized society.

Melissa Chiu is Director and Curator of Contemporary Asian Art at the Asia Society Museum. Karin Higa is Senior Curator of Art at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. Susette S. Min is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Art History at the University of California, Davis. Margo Machida is Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and Visiting Scholar in New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist whose focus has been social and political issues in Asian American communities.


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California (September 19 – December 23, 2007)

Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston (January 20 – March 31, 2007)

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles (February 9 – May 2, 2008)

Asia Society and Museum, New York (September 8 – December 10, 2006)

"This exhibit catalogue . . . explores the richness and diversity of Asian-American art today, work that has moved beyond the self-conscious focus on multiculturalism and identity politics that characterized the art of a generation ago."—Forbes Collector

ISBN: 9780300120592
Publication Date: October 27, 2006
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Asia Society Museum
127 pages, 9 x 9
7 b/w + 146 color illus.

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