NETWORK OF ENTERTAINING ASIAN AMERICAN TALENT
My moda for this project was to get a very eastern/traditional garment and give it a fresh modern westernized make-over! I’m absolutely in love with this garment, and proud to present it as a sneak peak of my debut couture collection!
When it came to accessorizing the outfit- I kept a vintage Victorian heirloom feel to give the look character, but made sure to bring it into 2013.
our today 2 years ago. Peace Village, Tudu Hospital. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 01/17/2011
Peace Village ward at Tu Du Hospital is home for surviving child victims of Agent Orange, a controversial chemical agent contained dioxin, used by the U.S military during the Vietnam War. Decades later, civilians still suffer the consequences: Children born to parents exposed to Agent Orange can be stillborn or born with birth defects, including skin disease, mental illness, and deformities. more at : http://hirokotanaka.photoshelter.com/gallery/Agent-Orange-Tudu/G0000NrABxv6oj9w/
Endless Prosperity, Eternal Accumulation, 2009
80 lightjet prints
Endless Prosperity, Eternal Accumulation is a photographic series of eighty images of hongbao – commonly known in North America as Chinese red envelopes. The Chinese use hongbao to give gifts of money at various festivities and social events. The red envelopes can be traced back to the earlier traditional practice of distributing currency wrapped in red paper as a symbolic gesture of circulating prosperity and fortune.
The collection of envelops in the photo series are of contemporary hongbao printed by transnational financial corporations from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, East Asia, and China that are given to Chinese clients. On one level, these corporate hongbao are a crass appropriation of a traditional cultural form for branding and marketing purposes. In a second more sublimated way, the envelopes contain a complex – though often unintentional – juxtaposition of ancient Chinese iconography and script, art historical and colonial era references, Chinoiserie, and corporate logos. These juxtapositions reveal the symbolic aspirations of corporations and the degree to which corporate interests have infiltrated cultural identity.
Presented as a panorama of eighty individually framed photographs, the work also attempts to register the global scope of both financial institutions and the Chinese diaspora. The assortment of bank logos provide a contemporary atlas of Chinese settlements/markets across the world, while imagery of ships and lions and Chinoiserie patterns allude to the historical encounters between China and the West. The title Endless Prosperity, Eternal Accumulation is a play on the terminology of globalization (Immanuel Wallerstein’s concept of capitalism’s obsession with endless accumulation) and the grandiose literal translations of Chinese names into English (Tian’anmen Square literally meaning: Square of the Gate of Heavenly Peace).