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Laura Kina

Painter
2021 Make a Wave /  2019 Joan Mitchell Center Fellow /  2013 Ragdale Fellow
Visual Arts

Laura Kina is a mixed-race Okinawan American artist-scholar based in Chicago. She is Vincent de Paul Professor at The Art School at DePaul University. Her intersectional art and scholarship are informed by contemporary Asian American art; Okinawan, mixed-race, and critical ethnic studies; and feminist/queer theory. She is the recipient of a 2020 Art Matters Foundation fellowship and a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-in-Residence award. Kina has exhibited at India Habitat Centre and India International Centre, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum, Rose Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, Spertus Museum, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, among others.

Kina is co-editor of Queering Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017) and War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013). In 2019, Bess Press published her trilingual (Pidgin/Japanese/Uchinaaguchi) illustrated children’s book Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos written by Lee A. Tonouchi.

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    I am illustrating my first children’s book, Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos. This is a bilingual feminist fairy tale set in Hawai‘i and Okinawa that illuminates an ancient tradition and pushes back against white normative standards of beauty. …

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