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Season Preview: Three Asian American Women in Arts

  • Pao Arts Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)
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Mix and mingle with a trio of inspiring female creators as they share their artistic journeys and give you a taste of their creative practices. Asia Mei, Chef & Owner of Moonshine 152, provides delicious bites; Lenora Lee, Artistic Director of Lenora Lee Dance, presents an overview of her provocative works; and Yu-Wen Wu, Visual Artist & Pao Art Center’s 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, shares her latest project, Leavings/Belongings.

$75 ticket includes dinner and drinks. Seating is limited, so register today.

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Chef Asia Mei grew up in Fremont, California in the Silicon Valley. Her competitive nature always resulted in thriving in school, gymnastics and martial arts. These disciplines would later influence her culinary career and success on the line. Asia landed herself in the Boston restaurant world after graduating with degrees in Economics and Biology at Boston College while working as a stuntwoman in LA.  Her impressive resume includes being a chef at Hammersley’s Bistro, Franklin Southie, Sibling Rivalry, and Sam’s on the Waterfront. Asia proudly owns Moonshine 152.

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Lenora Lee is a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director who works in San Francisco, LA, and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and, is currently an Artist in Residence at the Dance Mission Theater. The mission of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) is to create large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, music, video projection, text and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. LLD weaves multiple artistic disciplines together with socially conscious work, pushing the relevance of arts across the country.

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Yu-Wen Wu is an award-winning Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing of eastern and western influences in life and art. Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation, and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling.  While in residency at the BCNC’s Pao Arts Center, Wu will continue her work on Leavings/Belongings. Inspired by the tradition of storytelling, the project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.”

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080