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Picturing the Asian Diaspora in North America: A Study of Liu Hung, Jin-me Yoon and Nikki S. Lee Open Access


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Asian American, Asian Canadian, contemporary art, migration, globalization, diaspora
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University of Alberta
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Zheng, Jingjing
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Anne Whitelaw (Art and Design)
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Walter Davis (Art and Design)
Teresa Zackodnik (English and Film Studies)
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Master of Arts
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This thesis explores the changing identity of Asian North American women in the past thirty years through the analysis of the work of three Asian North American female artists, Liu Hung (b.1948), Jin-me Yoon (b.1960), and Nikki S. Lee (b.1970). It argues that Asian North American female identity has evolved in three stages: firstly, it shows a close connection with a diasporic “imagined community” bound by one’s cultural origin; secondly, it is rooted in a settled diasporic community, meanwhile remains tied to the original homeland as an imaginary political space for unification; lastly, the new transnational Asian female identity rejects classification based on race and gender and embraces an identity rooted in globalization.
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