Japanese American Women Speak

Laura Kina

Laura Kina is an artist-scholar based in Chicago. Kina isVincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design and Director of Critical Ethnic Studies at DePaul University, co-editor of Queering Contemporary Asian American Art(University of Washington Press, 2017) and War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), co-founder of the Critical Mixed Studies conference and association, and a reviews editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Culture and the Americas and American Quarterly. Her paintings address Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawaiʻi diaspora. Her solo exhibitions include “Uchinanchu,” “Blue Hawaiʻi,” “Sugar,” “A Many-Splendored Thing,” “Aloha Dreams,” and “Hapa Soap Operas.” She has exhibited nationally and internationally including: The Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Japanese American National Museum, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Spertus Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.