Ching-In Chen

I was invited by Lawndale Art Center to write an essay in response to Antonius Bui’s show, yêu em dài lâu (me love you long time). The show features Bui’s beautiful life-sized papercuts of Asian American LGBTQI* activists, including one of myself. I was honored and excited to respond in lyric essay, but when it came time to produce, I found it challenging to respond because I was bodily implicated in the show. In the first draft, I used the words in the title to generate an entry point (“me long you love time”) into a yearning to belong, to situate myself into the kind of community Bui’s work helps to dream into solid, material shape.

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