Collective Resilience Zine Fest Directory
CAM is excited to present the Collective Resilience Zine Fest to wrap up AAPI Heritage Month! Join us at the Pico House on June 4th from 11am – 4pm! This event is hosted in conjunction with our current exhibition, “Collective Resilience: Asian American Artists Honoring Our Community’s Strength and Unity.” Similar to the themes of the exhibition, the Zine Fest will bring artists together to share their work centered around AAPI culture, history, and identity. The festival will feature interactive workshops for all ages and an opportunity to purchase zines and more from the artists!
Zines are small, self-published magazines that can explore and amplify a wide range of topics, such as art, culture, history, politics, hobbies, and current social-political issues. Zines can provide a low-cost platform for artists to share their voices, diverse narratives, and experiences freely.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required to enter the event.
Here is the schedule of events, scroll down to learn more about each workshop:
|Zine Fest Opens @ 11:00 AM|
|11:00 AM||Lion Dance with Field Elementary|
|11:30 AM||Kids Storytime with Ms. Rita|
|12: 30 PM||Imaginary Mythical Glove Puppets with Ching|
|2:00 PM||Zine Zone with Mya|
|Zine Fest Closes @ 4:00 PM|
LIST OF ARTISTS
|Alisa Yang (she/they) is an antidisciplinary artist and filmmaker with a research based practice exploring alternative ways art can be a currency for care. Centering the body as a site of geopolitical and social conditionings, she works across video, installation, and situational specific projects in orienting oneself towards social change. Her films focus on the experiences of Asian women navigating cultural identity and generational trauma, mining personal narratives with humor and vulnerability.
Yang earned her BFA from Art Center of Design and MFA at the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally in places like MoMAPS1, Aesthetica Art Prize, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Beijing’s Art Nova 100 with reviews in LA Times, Hyperallergic, and Huffington Post. Awards include the 2018 Special Arte Laguna Prize, Best Regional Filmmaker at 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award.
|Brenda Chi (she/her) was born in Los Angeles (SGV). She makes art that shines a light on Asian American stories and experiences. Her personal goal is to make work that can elevate all BIPOC, to empower and inspire others. She’s also a multidisciplinary artist, with a background in web comics as an Associate Art Director, worked in animation, educational illustration, and apparel consumer products.|
|Ching Ching Cheng (she/her) was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 2002. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Ching exhibited at LACMA Rental and Sales Gallery, Chinese American Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, 21c Museum, DTLA ArtCenter, colleges, universities and art fairs through out the United States, and also had solo exhibitions in Taiwan and China. She attended an artist-in-residency at Atche Art Space in Los Angeles in 2022, and at 943 Studio in Kunming, China in 2011. She taught lectures and workshops at colleges, Universities, museums, non-profit organizations, and private art centers. She received grants in 2011, in 2015 from art and cultural center in Taiwan, and in 2018 from the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Ching currently lives and works in Altadena, California.|
|Decue Wu (she/her) is an awarding illustrator, she is listed Forbes 30 under 30, Arts and Style, Class of 2020. Decue has more than 10-year freelance experience – her work focuses on building in-product illustration system, executing various styles & concepts in editorial, campaign, advertising, and education.
Currently, she works as an Art Director in the tech industry, helping the products to build, scale & evolve the illustration system to be more diversity and inclusive.
|Dianna /drawn by dna (she/her) is a designer and illustrator in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She was born in a fishing village in north eastern tip of China, and immigrated to the United States when she was 4. She loves animals and is fascinated by strange creatures in nature. In her neighborhood, she has a favorite squirrel that regularly visits and eats nuts noisily by her window as she works.|
|Eileen Hsu (she/her) Eileen uses graphic design and visual art to further civic engagement and equitable urban planning.|
|Evah Fan (she/her) is an artist and illustrator whose work is sometimes the size of a pecan! Her work is fueled by traces of folk art, elementary humor and her fascination with wordplay. Her name pronounced in Swedish means “what the hell,” which she learned while studying for her master’s degree at Konstfack in Stockholm.|
|Julia Yellow is a Taiwanese illustrator, a cat lady, and a shy weirdo|
|Eunsoo Jeong/Koreangry (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based artist and the creator of Koreangry, a comic/zine series based on her daily struggles as a Korean-American. Koreangry is a 7-inch puppet/ doll/ armature/ character that she created, sort of her alter-ego. The Koreangry zine series illustrates the artist’s life journey told with this character––photographed with hand made props in a set. The zines include written excerpts, word-play, poems, comics, crude sketches, and experimental digital collages.|
|John Ziqiang Wu/Learning Art and Art Learning Society (he/him) is an artist and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in 2013 and his MFA in Photo/Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2017. Wu is the co-founder of Learning Art & Art Learning Studio, an art tutoring workshop he has run with his wife, Yinan, in Chino, California since 2014. Wu has published several artist books, including The Place and The People; The Lamps’ Story; and Dad’s Hands Are Smaller (all 2018); and Learning Art and Art Learning Society (2017).|
|Loren Yeung (she/her) is a Chinese-Canadian artist and photo editor currently based in Montreal, Canada. Her range in work is informed by her education in traditional fine arts in combination with her experience in digital media.|
|Mark Wang (he/him) is an Illustrator and comic artist original from Tucson, Arizona, but is currently located in the fabled NYC. Sometimes his drawings are funny, and sometimes they’re not. Go figure huh.|
|Shing Yin Khor (they/them) is a cartoonist and experience designer exploring mythic Americana, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding. They are the author of The American Dream?, a graphic novel memoir about driving Route 66, and The Legend of Auntie Po, a historical fiction graphic novel about a young logging camp cook in the Sierra Nevadas telling Paul Bunyan tales, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2021|
|Shop Choobi is a small business run by Alina Chong (she/her), a Malaysian American illustrator and art director. Shop Choobi focuses on sharing cute and relatable characters with the hope that it cheers up someone’s day, even just a little bit!|
I started making zines or self published comics in 2019. Since the start of the pandemic, it’s only grown from there. Zines have been the best therapy and creative outlet that has gotten me through these past two years. I draw inspiration from everyday life, my own experiences, and humor. I love being able to combine all these things into cute stickers, prints, keychains, zines, handmade items, and hopefully more in the future.
I am still learning a lot about my Filipino culture and want to create more artwork inspired by it in an effort to understand it better. I like portraying people of color and Filipinos in my work because growing up, I never saw that many people on television, movies, or cartoons that looked like me. It means a lot to be represented and I aim to do that with my work.
|Yao Xiao (she/her) is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. Yao was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 2006. After graduation with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Yao developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. Her debut graphic novel, Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid (Andrews McMeel, 2020) was nominated for the Ignatz Award and a finalist of Lambda Literary Award. Her debut children’s book How To Solve A Problem, written by Ashima Shiraishi, was published by Penguin Random House. She has been publishing Baopu, a beloved serialized comic on Autostraddle since 2014. She is a 2021 Define American Creative Fellow.|
|Forebears Coffee Roasting
Forebears Coffee Roasting is a one-woman micro-roasting operation based out of the San Gabriel Valley. We provide small-batch single origin specialty coffee that’s sourced thoughtfully and roasted with care.
At Forebears, every cup tells a story. We pay homage to the coffee producers worldwide who build their lives around the pursuit of growing, cultivating, and processing delicious coffee. With every roast, we elevate the stories of the hardworking women, multi-generational families, and smallholder cooperatives that produce our coffee. And with every brew, we encourage you to author the next chapter of your coffee’s journey.
Forebears is owned and operated by Steph Lo-Pelletier (she/hers). Steph is a queer first generation Chinese American born and raised in LA with proud roots in Taiwan. By day, she works in Operations in the music industry, and by night, she works on all things coffee.
|One House Arts
OneHouse Arts is an experimental children’s art school for combining the spirit of active research, art experiment and self-expression with the cognitive development process of children, establishing an intimate relationship between people and art, improving people’s aesthetic ability and image communication skills.
Kiyoshi Lucky Nakazawa is a LA based artist who has exhibited at such locations as JANM, GR2, LA Artcore and La Luz De Jesus. He contributed a regular comics column, Won Ton Not Now, in Razorcake zine for 15 years. As an illustrator he has worked for such clients as UFC Champion “Warmaster” Josh Barnett, Disney, Pancrase, Dreamworks, BET, Honda, Dark Horse Comics, character design for animated shows such as Neo Yokio, Major Lazer, Axe Cop, and Golan the Insatiable. A lifelong fan of music he has done artwork for such bands as Ch3, Hiccup, The Immortal Lee County Killers, Kings of the F*cking Sea, and The Aquabats. He is here to make friends and chew bubblegum.
PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS
Field Elementary Lion Dance Team 菲尔德小学舞狮队
Students from the the 4th and 5th grade classes at Field Elementary School will perform a bi-cultural Lion Dance with home-made lion costumes.
Field Elementary School in Pasadena, CA has been home to a Mandarin Dual Language Program for the last 11 years. Since 2016, we have established the tradition of having our 4th graders prepare a bi-cultural lion dance for school and the community. This year we invited 5th graders to join as well, since they missed their opportunity last year due to the pandemic.
Learn more about them on their Website.
Kids’ Storytime with Ms. Rita
Join Ms. Rita for songs, stories by Asian-American authors, and a fun craft!
This workshop is designed for Kids (12 and under).
Ms. Rita (she/her) is a children’s librarian at Chinatown Library. She has an impressive collection of cardigans (naturally), stickers, and BTS merchandise. If she could have any pet, it would be a chinchilla because they’re very fluffy and sweet.
Find the Chinatown LA Public Library here on Instagram.
Imaginary Mythical Glove Puppets with Ching
In this workshop, participants will construct imaginary mythical glove puppets with fabrics and clay with artist Ching Ching Cheng. Glove puppetry is a tradition in Chinese and Taiwanese culture to tell oral stories and folktales, and the characters of the glove puppets range from deities in human forms, deities in animal and human hybrid forms, to human beings. The storylines oftentimes portray certain types of moral concepts. Through creating one’s own imaginary mythical glove puppets, we will discuss the new stories behind their glove puppets, the meaning and symbolism behind the narrative, and also ask ourselves questions about what our identities mean to us.
This workshop is designed for Kids (12 and under).
Ching Ching Cheng (she/her) was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 2002. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Ching exhibited at LACMA Rental and Sales Gallery, Chinese American Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, 21c Museum, DTLA ArtCenter, colleges, universities and art fairs through out the United States, and also had solo exhibitions in Taiwan and China. She attended an artist-in-residency at Atche Art Space in Los Angeles in 2022, and at 943 Studio in Kunming, China in 2011. She taught lectures and workshops at colleges, Universities, museums, non-profit organizations, and private art centers. She received grants in 2011, in 2015 from art and cultural center in Taiwan, and in 2018 from the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Ching currently lives and works in Altadena, California.
Zine Zone with Mya
Have you been able to take a pause this month? Do you think about journaling, doodling, crafting all the time, but can never get a moment to actually start? Come make a zine with Mya Worrell! They’ll show you how to make a unique mini-zine and provide some prompts to get you started. You’ll have ample time to create in this generative workshop.
This workshop is designed for All Ages.
Mya Worrell (they/them) is the Program Assistant for the USC Center for Advanced Genocide Research and volunteer Program Manager for Tuesday Night Project, a Little Tokyo-based Asian American grassroots organization focused on bridging communities with its art+community ethos. They spend their time thinking about zines, story-telling, and game-making.
Find Mya here on Instagram.