Where is Home for the diasporic artist? Is it outside of borders, across oceans, in other people, or deep within? Is it physical, virtual, imaginary? Is Home inherited? Is Home listed in the Yellow Pages, or does it have a calling card? Can you feel it’s pulse, it’s magnetic pull? What does it mean to move back home, or reclaim the homeland? Can you hold it in your right hand? Where is Home for the immigrant, the refugee, the Asian American?
The following works engage in the concept of home, cultural reclaiming and object repurposing, and movement and migration. Bui questions the role of US soldiers from the Vietnam War in the popularization of Zippo lighters as tourist commodities; Akireddy moves through different spaces she considers home; and huang delivers a monologue pondering the place of the racialized and pathologized Asian body within American and family history.