Abby Chen

Abby Chen is a curator, writer, lecturer, producer and art administrator. She is currently the Curator and Deputy Director at the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco. At CCF, she initiated the Xian Rui Annual Series in 2008, the first of its kind in the country supporting mid-career Chinese artists living in the US. Her other curatorial projects include Present Tense Biennial (, Daily Lives ( at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, Contemporary Photography at Museum of Chinese in America in New York. In 2010, she organized Gender Identity Symposium, a multi-city forum in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, followed by the 2011 exhibition WOMEN ( on feminism, gender equality and social engagement in China. Her writings focus on cultural hybridity, marginalization and 1.5 generation. She is a contributing writer for Yishu (, Art China, and East Morning Daily. She graduated with MA in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of Arts.

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Abby Chen

On The Edge of Culture: Two Chinese 1.5 Generation Artists in America

“1.5 generation” metaphorically denotes the state of being for a group of immigrants within two or more cultures. Many Chinese artists who left the drastic social changes in China during the 1980s immigrated to America at the rise of multiculturalism. These artists demonstrate a new manifestation of cultural fluidity in the US, constructed precisely as a result of dislocation and social difference. Their becoming a1.5 generation represents a hybridized in-between space created at the moment of transit.

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