Troubling Borders

Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora

Sweeney Art Gallery

June 30 - October 7, 2012

Closing Reception and Readings - Sunday, October 6, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
Closing Conference - Monday, October 7, 2013, 1pm - 3pm

Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art is an exhibition and conference featuring the writings and artwork of Southeast Asian women in the diaspora, highlighting women of Cambodian, Laotian, Filipino and Vietnamese descent and by women who identify as the often stateless Mien, Hmong, and Cham. In the aftermath of the cold war, many of these women now reside in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. As an incredibly diverse group, their voices make visible the ruptures caused by colonization, war, globalization, and militarization.

Organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery and Culver Center of the Arts, and curated by Lan Duong, assistant professor, Media & Cultural Studies Department, University of California Riverside, and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, associate professor, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University.

  • Anida Yoeu Ali

    Palimpsest for Generation 1.5, 2010

    Peformance. Video Courtesy of the artist

  • Ann Phong

    Box of Water #2, 2009

    Acrylic. 40x30 in.
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Hong-An Truong

    Explosions in the Sky, 2007

    Video, 3 min. Courtesy of the artist

  • Julie Thi Underhill

    Fear of Ambivalence, 2001

    Black and White photography (gelatin silver print from 35mm negative). 16.5x19.75x2 in.
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Lin+Lam

    Unidentified Viet Nam No. 18, 2007

    Video, 30 min. Courtesy of the artist

  • Nalyne Lunati

    Kranok 1, 2006

    Acrylic and silkscreen and watercolor paper. 30x40 in.
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Reanne Estrada

    General Tri-Corn, 2005

    Ink on erasers. 4.5x4.5x.5 in. ea.
    Courtesy of the artist

Events in Focus


The Last of the Unjust

Screening - Friday, September 26, 2014, 7pm
Screening - Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7pm


SHOW-IN 2014, a project by Brianna Skellie and Margit Galanter

Friday, October 3, 2014, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 11am - 1pm

Long weekend of dance, collaboration, sharing, and material development