Laura Kina is Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University, co-editor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), co-founder of the biennial Critical Mixed Studies conference, and a reviews editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Culture in the Americas. Kina is a LGBTQ ally and “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu.” Her paintings address Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawaiʻi diaspora. Her solo exhibitions include Uchinanchu, Blue Hawaiʻi, Sugar, A Many-Splendored Thing, Aloha Dreams, and Hapa Soap Operas. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including: the Chicago Cultural Center, India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Japanese American National Museum, Nehuru Art Centre, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Spertus Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
Jan Christian Bernabe (he/him/his) is the Operations, New Media, and Curatorial Director for the Center for Art and Thought (www.centerforartandthought.org), a nonprofit cultural hub that starts from the perspectives of the Filipinos diaspora and harnesses the potential of digital media and technologies to foster dialogues between artists, scholars, and the broader public. He is a Filipino American genderqueer interdisciplinary scholar of Asian American art history and visual culture, comparative race and ethnic studies, and queer cultural studies. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the Program in American Culture and is at work on a manuscript on contemporary Filipino American photography and video art practices as cultural and historical critiques of United States-Philippines post/colonial relations and U.S imperial visual regimes and knowledge production. Based in Chicago, he is also the Director of News & Social Content for ChicagoPride.com.