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It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names. We’re reaching a time that we’ll acknowledge the individual in a war on…
OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the…
I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale. I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there,…
I really enjoyed hanging out with some of the teachers. This one chemistry teacher, she liked hanging out. I liked making explosives. We would stay…
I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I…
I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically. I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate…
When I was very little, we would get letters from China, in Chinese, and they’ be censored. We were a very insular little family.
We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother.
The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life, and it wasn’t about money. It was about teaching, or learning.
The role of art in society differs for every artist.
Sometimes you have to stop thinking. Sometimes you shut down completely. I think that’s true in any creative field.
Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think.
Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese. It was an era when they felt we would be better off if we didn’t have that…
My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions.
You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know,…
You couldn’t put me in a social group setting. I’m probably a terrible anarchist deep down.
I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We didn’t want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than…
Nothing is ever guaranteed, and all that came before doesn’t predicate what you might do next.
It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public.
My dad was dean of fine arts at the university. I was casting bronzes in the school foundry. I was using the university as a…
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