Chair, Asian American Art and Culture Interest Group
It is an honor to be elected as the Chair of the Asian Art and Culture Interest Group, National Art Education Association. I want to first give my gratitude to my predecessor, Dr. Maria Lim, for her leadership. I also would like to express my appreciation to those who have worked hard to establish this interest group within NAEA. AACIG has been my academic home. As a person of color, a teacher, and a mother, I understand how important it is to value one’s heritage and to seek ways to promote art and culture for inclusion, compassion, and empathy.
We are living in a dangerous time, where Asian Americans are being targeted, therefore, I encourage you to join us, to bring the beauty of Asian art and culture and Asian American stories to light.
In my 2021-2023 term as the Chair of AACIG, I will begin with establishing mentorships to sustain the development and the growth of AACIG and to further address the needs of AACIG. Second, I will continue to diversify representations to redefine, to rediscover, and to reflect Asian art and culture and their meaning in social and cultural context. Through diversity I hope to create opportunities to broaden the participation to promote and foster teaching and learning through Asian art and culture issues. Third, I will create collaborative relationships with AACIG members and forming collective efforts with other interest groups within NAEA.
I am honored for this opportunity to serve, and I look forward to work with you in the near future.
Dr. Yichien Cooper