Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
I contributed three chapters to this incredible book, which was launched in June 2017 in the US. Christopher Merrill has called the book “an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the dynamism underpinning what some are calling the Chinese Century.” Evan Osnos calls it "a magnificent book" and the poet Sarah Howe calls it "a triumph of feminist documentary."
Read the chapter about Candace Chong here.
Read the chapter about Choi Yan Chi here.
Read the chapter about Jaffa Lam here.
The collection celebrates the artistic achievements of 16 visionary women from a region of surprisingly diverse cultures despite their geographical proximity. From literary figures like Nieh Hualing and dance icon Yang Meiqi, to bold contemporary artists Yin Xiuzhen and Lulu Hou, their creativity covers a wide range of literary, visual and performing arts. These courageous women often had to defy cultural expectations in order to heed their artistic drive. Their artworks delve into the social realities of their times, and their personal stories provide an intimate portrait of the historical trajectory of Greater China over three generations. Written by journalists and scholars with deep knowledge of the arts in Asia, and richly illustrated with images of art and historical events, the collection reveals the vibrance of women’s art in the region. Media kit here. More info: www.CreatingAcrossCultures.com
Song Dong: 36 Calendars
This project was just amazing. I worked closely with the team at Asia Art Archive, to help copy edit the English translation of Song Dong's vast 36 Calendars project. Song Dong is one of the most influential and astonishing Chinese contemporary artists, who has a strong spiritual aspect and a remarkable social conscience. Read his re-writing of the past 36 years of Chinese art history here.
Asia Art Archive
I've worked as a writer, editor and cultural collaborator for cultural and arts organizations in the U.S. and Asia. My latest project was contributing to the book 'Creating Across Cultures'—more info below!