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We forget you’re Asian : In Conversation with Lynn Stransky

Stransky is a web and video artist based in Los Angeles. Her work examines how American notions surrounding race, gender, and economic status influence global politics and day-to-day life. She is most well-known for her work on Technicolor Angst (2015) with Ketchup Freeland with whom she is currently producing the series Nakey Apron 3.0.

In collaboration with Jacquie Ray (High Creatives) and Honolulu-based artist Grace Cruz, Lynn Stransky takes us on a journey of self-discovery, the photo series titled ‘Ch!nk’ explore the Asian-American diaspora with particular attention to the experience of the transracial adoptee.

 

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Where are you from?

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Age? 30

Why did you start this series? 

I’ve struggled a lot with self-identity, and it took me a very long time to move into a space where I felt proud to be a woman of color. This work emerged as a result of my grappling with and eventually reconciling my upbringing with the color of my skin. 

Do you feel more connected now to your Asian roots?

Absolutely. But I’m still finding out what that means.

Do you feel the media has helped you get closer to your heritage?

Recently, yes. But when I was growing up, no. In the 90s, Asian-Americans were not well represented on television or in a film (outside of martial arts flicks), and I always wished I saw someone that looked more like me. Like a lot of other Asian kids growing up, I “defaulted” to idolizing Black artists in lieu of Asian role models, so artists like Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill were everything to me. It’s funny because my mom actually refused to buy me The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album, but she couldn’t stop me from checking it out from the library. I would check it out and renew it until I hit the max, wait for them to re-shelf it and check it back out again.

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