Join Wing Young Huie, author and photographer of Looking for Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour by Wing Young Huie for a free slide show and book signing. Time: 7:00 pm Friday, November 16 at Minnesota Center for Photography...
Address: 165 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612-824-5500)
Also presenting are Anita Gonzalez, who wrote an essay for the book and Tara Huie, who wrote a travelogue. Anita cocurated the exhibit Nine Months in America: An Ethnocentric Tour by Wing Young Huie at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She teaches liberal studies at the University of Minnesota. Tara and Wing were newly married when they embarked on their 9-month journey. Her observations catalog the serendipity and humor of life on the road.
This event is free and open to the public.
For further information:http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/H/huie_looking.html
In search of contemporary Asian America, celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie--the only member of his family not born in China--traveled with his wife, Tara, through nearly forty states to explore and document the funny, touching, and sometimes strange intersection of Asian American and American cultures. "Looking for Asian America" illustrates their rich and surprising journey across the United States.
Through Huie's eyes, keenly aware of his own Midwestern roots and perspective, we witness such images as a Vietnamese Elvis, Miss Congeniality on her cell phone in San Francisco's Chinatown, a Hmong street sign in rural North Carolina, a meditating Falun Gong protestor in Washington, D.C., a bubble tea Valley Girl, and a Chinese
theme park in Orlando. Huie's camera captures ABCs (American-born Chinese), FOBs (fresh off the boat), and a self-described "redneck Chinese restaurant owner" near the Okefenokee Swamp. Taken together the photographs reveal a complex portrait of the U.S. cultural landscape, and their dignified elegance invites a closer, deeper look.
Accompanied by the personal reflections of both Wing and Tara Huie, the nearly one hundred spectacular photographs tell a story that both mirrors and contradicts stereotypes of Asian Americans, ultimately questioning what it means to be ethnic and American in the twenty-first century.
"Looking for Asian America shows real people engaged in the full range of human activity. This is no small accomplishment for the photographer or his subjects. For Asian Americans, both the newcomers and the native born, it is extraordinary to be merely ordinary. To others even if not themselves, Asian Americans appear to be
contradictions of identity--a Chinese Yankee is a knock-off."--Frank H. Wu, from the foreword.
Wing Young Huie documents the socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural realities of his home state, Minnesota. His photographs have been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and he is a recipient of the Bush Artist and McKnight fellowships. He is the author of
Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood and Lake Street USA.