Rachel Endoso is a second year graduate student in the MA Visual and Critical Studies Program. She received her BA/Minor in Psychology and Studio Art from Seattle University, then worked at the intersection of community mental health and the judicial system for three years. During intensive work, her socio-political ideas evolved, as well as an impetus towards art in the form of film photography, rudimentary video, modern dance, and free verse poetry. Eventually language and writing provoked the strongest course for both conceptual and analytical expression. She is currently exploring a thesis project engaged in writing the act of seeing, and the dynamic history of the photograph. She currently resides in Oakland.
Cultural Framing: Moving Between Narratives in Search of My Polyvalent America
A mixed race Asian Pacific Island American (API) identity remains ”inconceivable" in the American conscience leading to gaps in historical presence. Re-mapping the history of Asian representation within society, this symposium talk “Moving Between Narratives Towards My Polyvalent America” offers an alternative to racial categories predicated on a fixity that ultimately privileges whiteness in order to determine “otherness.”
The talk examines Renee Tajima-Peña's film My America ... Or Honk if You Love Buddha (1997), an eighty-seven minute road memoir, highlighting the complexity of “otherness” in API American identity. Through readings of the road memoir and photographic works, I will analyze the tension between integration and maintaining spaces of decolonization.