Title: American Zodiac
Materials: digital printing and paper-cutting
Dimensions: 12 x 14 inch (per piece 12 pieces)
Year: 2008

My work reflects on historical and cultural issues from a Chinese perspective through the use of the ancient tradition of Chinese paper cutting. I draw from my experience as a first-generation immigrant, artist, professor and mother. The signs of the zodiac are a common subject of Chinese art reinterpreted here in this set of twelve paper cuts that blend Western cultural icons with ancient Oriental symbols. The work was inspired in large part by my son, who I described as a "Banana boy", a Chinese American who is "yellow on the outside but white on the inside." The allusion refers to the profound influence of western culture on the newest generation of Chinese Americans. Each zodiac was created by cutting paper digitally printed with Disney images. For the artist, the ubiquitous nature of Walt Disney's characters reveals their power and the impact of American cultural imperialism.

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