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Twin Ports APIDA Collective: Like Me, Like You

Past Exhibition | John Steffl GalleryDecember 20, 2021 – Spring 2022

Cross the threshold: be welcomed into the life of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) who live, work, and enrich the Twin Ports with their cultures, gifts, and histories.

Bear witness to the stories of your APIDA neighbors and friends reckoning with stereotypes, myths, assimilation, and years of invisibility, documented through podcasts and videography, through two-dimensional work including photographs and paintings, and through sculpture, jewelry and the written word. Individual narratives come together to reveal truths about living as APIDA in the Twin Ports. 

“We live quietly amongst you in government, education, business, the arts, medicine, [and] community activism. Like Me, Like You gives voice to our community. We introduce ourselves, to build solidarity among us, awareness in the community around us, and equity for all of us. In doing so, together, we can confront racism and anti-Asian hostility.

“Knowledge dissolves our arbitrary boundaries. Awareness dignifies our heritage. Come with an open heart. See us; get to know us.”  

–The Twin Ports APIDA Collective

Julia Cheng, Aya Kawaguchi, Laura Judd, Da Hee Kim, Julie Kim, Matthew Koshmrl, Sharon Kwong, Pakou Ly, Viann Nguyen-Feng, Kim Nordin, and Sharon Yung.

Image Credit, top to bottom: Aya Kawaguchi, "American Mountain Ash," "Sugar Maple in Greenish Yellow," and "Virginia Creeper Purple"

Virtual Artist Talk

Listen to the accompanying interview podcasts on Smartify.

Interviewer Sharon Yung is a Minnesota-born Chinese American, "The podcast is a compilation of some amazing APIDA members in the Duluth Community. They have stories that on a personal level are unique, but on a broader scale speak to all and help the listener discover that, like you, they are like me. I created these interviews to help the listener experience a variety of voices and find common ground with others—regardless of their race, gender, age or religion. Like you, like me."

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This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Funded in part by the BMPP Giving Circle & the League of Women Voters of Duluth.

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