Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Modeling a Minority: the Asian American Experience through Dance and Fashion

Project Description

Artists Lynn Jiao and Brian Tom will travel to Los Angeles to conduct ethnographic research on the Asian American identity and its expression through clothing and urban dance. Through dance classes, observations, and anonymous interviews, the relationship between Asian American identity and freedom of expression will be explored. Ultimately, this research will culminate in a dance performance and a clothing collection in the spring semester to present understudied and underrepresented Asian American identity. In their research, and through their resulting art, the artists will answer questions about: how and why urban and hip hop dance forms are so appealing to Asian Americans, what Asian American fashion or expression looks like, and how these creative outlets represent a segment of this population.