Eda Yu: how ash wood fertilizes the earth

The Center for Cultural Power
June 14, 2021

This May, we invited Los Angeles-based artist and storyteller Eda Yu to share her visuals and words with us as she reflects on identity, belonging and safety. We’ve included a statement from Eda:

how wood ash refertilizes the earth is a work that interrogates whether or not there has really ever been a safe space for Asians in America. Featuring photography by Ash Alexander, the work uses negative space and movement to illustrate the ebb and flow of how Asians were given and then had land taken away from them throughout U.S. history. In a year of staggering anti-Asian violence, this piece aims to remind folks that safety is something Asian Americans have always been, and must keep, fighting for — everywhere we are.


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