Asian American Craftswomen
Over ten years ago, two women artists active in the Asian American community, Lora Jo Foo and Terry Ow-Wing, discussed a common dream: to hold an arts and crafts fair featuring the work of Asian American craftswomen to benefit the nonprofits in the community. In 2012 this dream became a reality when Lora Jo hosted a highly successful fair at her Oakland home, along with eight other Asian American women artists.
This year's fifth Asian American Craftswomen Holiday Crafts Fair will benefit Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA). We are honored to support AIWA, which has a long and successful history of empowering low-income women and youth.
The fair will feature a special publications workshop from 3-4 p.m. Authors Miriam Louie and Laurin Mayeno will read from their new books and talk about how writing expresses their identities as Asian American women. Miriam is author of Not Contagious—Only Cancer, a novel about Kyong Ah, a nursing aide with lung cancer who uses lessons from patients and coworkers to fight for her life; it is illustrated by Nguyen Louie (Rabbit Roar Press). Laurin is author of One of a Kind, Like Me/ Único Como Yo, a bilingual children’s book about Danny, who wants to be a princess in the school parade; it is illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo (Blood Orange Press). Come explore ways to tell your own story and learn about book making.
Please join us on Saturday, December 10, at AIWA's Oakland Chinatown headquarters in the Asian Resource Center to enjoy the unique fusion of the feminine and Asian and Western sensibilities that is distinctive to the artwork of Asian American craftswomen.
Women Advocates (AIWA)
Founded in 1983, AIWA works with immigrant workers employed in the Bay Area’s garment, home care, hotel, restaurant, assembly and other low-wage industries, and low-income immigrant youth in Oakland. AIWA empower women and youth through education, leadership development and collective action, so that they can fight for dignity and justice in their daily lives, improve their working and living conditions, and participate in broader society.
Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
310 8th St. #301
Oakland, CA 94607
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