transnational-turn-3rdTextNOW OUT: Special issue of Third Text titled “The Transnational Turn: East Asian mobility”

Edited by Dean Chan and Michelle Yee


  • Alexandra Chang – Approaching the Infinite Narrative: Asian Art ‘Now’: The Tomato Grey Artist Collective
  • Alice Ming Wai Jim – The Maraya Project: Research-Creation, Inter-reference and the Worlding of Asian Cities

  • Christopher Lee – Globality and Aesthetics: Framing the Three Gorges Dam
  • Michelle Yee – Enabling Cosmopolitanism: Lee Mingwei’s Intimate Moments and Strange Spaces

  • Jacqueline Lo – Moving Images, Stilling Time: The Art of Fiona Tan
  • Midori Yoshimoto – Beyond ‘Japanese/Women Artists’: Transnational Dialogues in the Art of Nobuho Nagasawa and Chiharu Shiota
  • Margo Machida – Trans-Pacific Sitings: The Roving Imagery of Lynne Yamamoto
  • Featuring Oscar Ho, Frank Vigneron, Lam Tung-pang and Samson Young; moderated and edited by Dean Chan – Undoing Nationalism, Fabricating Transnationalism: A Hong Kong Roundtable Discussion


Contributors’ bios: 

Dean Chan is Senior Lecturer in Visualisation and Digital Media in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, and Research Advisor in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University, Australia. His publications include Gaming Cultures and Place in Asia-Pacific (2009) and, as co-editor, a special issue of Amerasia Journal (2010) on ‘Asian Australia and Asian America: Making Transnational Connections’. He is Founding Convenor of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR). He currently serves on the Arts Development Panel for Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Executive of Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN). In addition, he is Associate Editor of Studies in Comics and Reviews Editor of Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.

Alexandra Chang is Curator for Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at
New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and sits on the executive committee for the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR). She is the founding
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, and the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Arts Collectives (2009) and the recent essay ‘Jahan Loh: Universal Icons from Graffiti to Graphic Angels’. She is the co-organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN).

Oscar Ho is an artist, critic and Associate Professor in Cultural Management at the Chinese
University of Hong Kong. He was formerly Exhibition Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre
and Founding Director of the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.

Alice Ming Wai Jim is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Concordia University,
Montreal. Recent publications include ‘How to Occupy Retreat: Documenta 13 from Kassel to
Banff’ in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and recent exhibitions ‘Yam Lau: A World is a
Model of a World’, which she curated at the Darling Foundry, Montreal, in 2013.

Christopher Lee is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature (2012) and a co-editor of Tracing the Lines: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in
Honour of Roy Miki (2013).

Jacqueline Lo is Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies. Her research focuses on race, colonialism, diaspora and the interaction of cultures and communities across ethnic, national and regional borders. Publications include Staging Nation (2002), Performance and Cosmopolitics (2007), and, as editor, a recent issue of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (2013).

Margo Machida is Associate Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is a scholar, curator and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture. Her books include Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (2009).

Born in Hong Kong, Lam Tung-pang has worked on plywood painting for years and his recent projects include the ‘disappeared Hong Kong Art’ series and The Curiosity Box. He has been awarded the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award (2009), Arts Scholarship from Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2003) and an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2012).

Frank Vigneron has lived in Hong Kong since 1990. He joined the Fine Arts Department of
The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004. His publications include I Like Hong Kong …
Art and Deterritorialization (2010) and Academiciens et Lettres. Analyse comparative de la
theorie picturale du 18 esiecle en Chine et en Europe (2010).

Michelle Yee is an independent scholar based in New York City. She received her MA in Art
History from the University of Connecticut and her research interests include memory and
trauma studies, Asian American Art and cosmopolitanism. Her recent publications include
Aricoco: RUNawayHOME, for Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, and ‘Moving Materials:
Reclaiming Histories of Migration’ for the exhibition ‘Indigo Narratives’ that toured India and the United States until 2013.

Midori Yoshimoto is Associate Professor of Art History at New Jersey City University, USA,
specializing in post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections. Her publications include Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (2005), entries in Yes Yoko Ono (2000),
and an essay in Yayoi Kusama (2011).

Originally trained in music composition, Samson Young’s creative outputs now manifest in a
variety of media and across disciplinary divides. His works are seen and heard in galleries,
museums, concert halls and performance spaces. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.