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Identity After Upheaval: Connecting Asian Artists and Student Voices

Image: Bewitched #2 Seoul, 2001. Jung Yeondoo. C-print photograph. 62 5/8 × 51 9/16 in. (159.1 × 131 cm) Purchased with funds from the Estate of Rosa Ayer, 2016.8.1–2.

In partnership with the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), this workshop focused on Asian artists who explore how identities change following significant life events, such as war, migration, graduating school, or having a dream come true. Considering how COVID-19 has shifted our everyday lives, educators can encourage students to use art, writing, and self-expression in understanding their changed circumstances.

As we look ahead to the future, the work of contemporary artists like Do Ho Suh and Jung Yeondoo can provide inspiration for creative responses. After learning about some of the artists featured in SAAM’s collection, participants engaged in an activity that can be adapted across K-12 classrooms. They then collaborated on ways to integrate images, videos, and activities to foster student voice.

We shared in advance a list of free resources that participants can implement in remote, hybrid, or in-person classrooms.

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Date and Time 

Thursday, May 27, 2021; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Pacific Time).

This online program was held on Zoom. Participants received a link the day before the program.

Program Leaders

Anna Allegro, Senior Manager of School and Educator Programs at SAM.

Melanie King, EARC Program Leader.

Yaoyao Liu, Museum Educator, Seattle Asian Art Museum at SAM.

Program Benefits

  • 2 Free WA OSPI Clock hours
  • Online resources