Date

2017

Department or Program

Sociology

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Peggy Levitt

Additional Advisor(s)

Elena Creef

Abstract

This project explores the role of art (in particular, visual art and poetry) in contemporary Asian-American activism. Can art be considered a form of activism? How are artists and activists pushing back against the stereotype of Asian-Americans as the passive, apolitical, “model minority”? By interviewing contemporary Asian-American artists whose work has a political focus, as well as conducting my own in-depth analyses of poetry and visual art by these same artists, I will explore the relationship between art and activism for AsianAmericans today. I will also contextualize the current wave of Asian-American activism within the history of Asian-American identity and the Asian-American movement that began in the 1960s.

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