Asian American Resource Center presents "Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island" opening reception
The Asian American Resource Center presents ""Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island," an exhibit reception featuring works from artists Dan Pham, Lauren Chai, and Matthew Koshmrl.
"Duality" - In their vibrant paintings, artists Lauren Chai and Dan Pham explore the duality of identity as Asian Americans. Incorporating motifs derived from their lives, Pham’s the "Banana’s Identity Cookbook" and Chai’s a "Place in this World" expresses the desires of finding the balance between two worlds. These exhibits are part of the Asian American Resource Center’s CommunityArt Exhibition Program.
"Dokdo, Lone Island" - The dispute of Dokdo is ongoing and still very present in modern Korean popular culture. Every year thousands of Koreans make the eight-hour journey by boat for a mere 15-minute visit to the symbolic island, before getting back on the return ferry to the mainland. Dokdo can be found in children's textbooks, in in the lyrics of Kpop songs, and often used as a political tool by politicians. The irony of the small island is that it is less than 50 acres, has no inhabitants, no exploitable resources, and no tangible importance. More than anything else, the significance of Dokdo is purely symbolic, a vestige of the dark period in Japanese/Korean history. And yet, each year thousands of Koreans go through great lengths to visit and pay homage to the island.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through September 23.