steal my fruit, but what about my soil?
steal my fruit, but what about my soil?

10" x 8"

recycled collage (clippings from 1930s national geographic magazine, japanese cooking magazine, washi paper)

2016

origins pt. 4000
origins pt. 4000

5.5" x 8"

collage (recycled errthang)

2016

planet funktron
planet funktron

8.5" x 11"

collage (recycled errthang - old photos from 1930s national geographic magazine, washi paper, art fliers collected around kansai area of japan)

2016

respect the struggle, don't knock the hustle
respect the struggle, don't knock the hustle

16" x 10.5"

digital illustration

2016

#keepthesfcsuckafree series

lil tokyo - album cover
lil tokyo - album cover

lil tokyo - trapanese digital album cover

collage - recycled errthang

april, 2017

we still here (resilience)
we still here (resilience)

ink 

5" x 7"

2013

japanese carp flags or koinobori. these flags are typically put up on may 5th every year for children's day - kodomo no hi. kodomo no hi traditionally celebrates the unique individual child & their bright possibility. the carp symbolizes the child -- the resilient & brilliant being that swims upstream against all currents & odds & finally transforming into a dragon.

my design of a koinobori flag on an electricity pole articulates my understanding of home -- san francisco -- with a specific reference to the jtown / fillmore neighborhood i grew up in.

today, jtown & the fillmore are considered distinct, separate communities, divided by geary "expressway", which was built following wwii, during justin hermann's redevelopment or "urban renewal" in 1968. however, prior to wwii, geary was just a regular sized street with mom & pop okazu shops, the infamous harlem of the west jazz clubs, local barbershops, actual homes that housed actual families -- filipina, black, japanese, greek, chinese, chicana & jewish. yet like so many neighborhoods inhabited by working class folks of color, this jtown / fillmore neighborhood was considered an eyesore full of urban decay. thus like in new york's south bronx with robert moses, san francisco's justin hermann called for the mass displacement of working class folks of color in jtown / fillmore under the guise of "urban renewal" in the late 1950s.

hundreds of thousands of folks were evicted without true consent or notice & left homeless. this was a very dire situation for many japanese-americans who were just returning from the concentration camps of wwii. the black, japanese, & filipino communities came together in protest, but eventually their efforts were met with bulldozers. thousands of victorian & edwardian homes knocked to dust. instead stacked compartments or public housing complexes went up...the last one finally built in 2004.

where are we today?

san francisco's homeless population is through the roof, majority of the folks being evicted san franciscans. the diverse richness of this once seedy city is now looking ever bland & conforming to standards of the so-called "trendy". jtown is now a disneyland caricature of "japan," owned by corporations & enslaved to the every whim of the dollar. san francisco's black population is now at 2.7%...for fuck's sake...

but.

although it is easy to drop down in the ditches of despair, we must remind each other to celebrate, to occupy our space, to continue to walk along 'cause --

w e s t i l l h e r e .

as a fifth generation san franciscan & public school bred womxn, i see myself, ourselves, as resilient & brilliant carps continuing to weather the ever-changing tides, going nowhere but upstream. living, breathing, thriving for the san francisco we bear in our hearts...for & with the luminous carps, the fellow architects of our tomorrow -- the youth.

let us celebrate our resilience & brilliance.

a woman's place
a woman's place

10" x 16"

mixed media collage (national geographic magazine from 1930s covering japan; japanese cooking magazine, washi paper, acrylic ink, adobe illustrator)

2016

respect the struggle, don't knock my hustle (1/2)
respect the struggle, don't knock my hustle (1/2)

acrylic ink on thrifted chiffon dress

2015

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where i live...
where i live...

12" x 12" washi paper x magazine collage 

2014

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 8.5" x 11"  recycled collage feat. 1940s photo, bay area rapid transit time table, japanese fish market, san francisco buildings, & the infamous dan tats.  2016

8.5" x 11"

recycled collage feat. 1940s photo, bay area rapid transit time table, japanese fish market, san francisco buildings, & the infamous dan tats.

2016

femme fighters
femme fighters

6" x 6" ink

feat. the resilient & brilliant: paula ann x fannie lou hamer x yuri kochiyama x audre lorde x gloria anzaldua x sylvia rivera

ink x paper

2014

honpa hongwanji
honpa hongwanji

digital collage 

2014

hella trippin'
hella trippin'

8.5" x 11"

digital photo collage 

2012

now on display at soma art & cultural center for apicc's resistance exhibit. 

feat. my photos & sf examiner clippings from the 1940s of my great grandma & my great great grandpa (photo from late 19th century) on our frisco grounds of chinatown.

untitled
untitled

collage on moleskin

7" x 10"

2015

usero (fuck off)
usero (fuck off)

usero (fuck off)

digital collage & drawing feat. executive order 9066 as seen in san francisco's japantown in february 1942. 

january 2016 following trump's muslim ban.

untitled
untitled

8.5" x 11"

pen on paper

2013

sf mail mamas
sf mail mamas

8.5" x 11" 

washi paper, recycled national geographic magazines (circa 1935)

untitled
untitled

collage 

2015

untitled
untitled

8" x 10"

recycled magazines x old found books x collage

2016

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untitled

7" x 10"

pen x acrylic marker on paper

2015 

(important: in 1870 sf's city officials passed the sidewalk ordinance which outlawed chinese carrying poles (3 years later they banned the  long queue braids) -- absurd racist law that would eventually culminate in 1882 with the asian exclusion act. in 2013 a 25 year old white dude had the audacity to tell me there are too many asians in sf. um. ain't nobody got time for that; we, along with many other folks on the margins built the golden city that is frisco. #keepthesfcsuckafree)

chill the fuck out, frisco
chill the fuck out, frisco

8.5" x 11" 

washi paper, recycled national geographic magazines, old books

To the System
To the System

5" x 7"

ink 

fuck you john ledahl series

fuck off
fuck off

8" x 10"

digital art

2016

resisting & redefining disempowering mainstream projections of (api) womxn. 

disorient the orient
disorient the orient

8" x 11" washi paper x 1940s national geographic airline ad x pen 

2013

 

yung yu
yung yu

collage 

2015

untitled
untitled

ink on moleskin cover

7" x 10"

2015

you are appreciated
you are appreciated

5" x 7"  ink

2015

It's All Relative
It's All Relative

8.5 " x 11" ink

educational worksheet

#comMUNItytaughtme
#comMUNItytaughtme

8" x 11" ink

#comMUNItytaughtme/#SFUSDtaughtme series

2013

cultivate
cultivate

8.5 x 11

acrylic

ancestry
ancestry

4" x 6"

pen x paper

2015

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untitled
untitled

8.5 x 11 

pigment markers, ink, paper 

to john ledahl
to john ledahl

acrylic x wood 4' x 3'

the anti oriental fantasy series

(kearny street workshop exhibit 2014)

2013

to the system
to the system

ink 3" x 4" 

the anti-oriental fantasy series

2013

untitled (ucsb notebook fall 2013)
untitled (ucsb notebook fall 2013)

colored pencil x ball point pen

5" x 5.5"

sf connects
sf connects

5" x 4" digital print

2013

lost
lost

collage on wood

8" x 11"

2013

untitled
untitled

acrylic x stamp ink 

8" x 11"

untitled
untitled

pen x paper

2013