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Local Asian American artists respond to the pandemic in new Fondren exhibit“Forgive but Not Forget” by Sherry Tseng HillBy Josie Garza 9/1/20 7:29pmNow on display in Fondren Library, Houston Asian American Archive’s “Faces in the Pandemic” exhibit explores Asian American experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through dynamic visual art, fostering reflection and discussion on relevant topics of racism, isolation, history and intersectionality.

The exhibit explores a history of Asian American discrimination from the early 1800s to today and prompts the viewer to think about what this moment will look like in our collective history.

The Houston Asian American Archive, managed by the Chao Center for Asian Studies and housed in the Woodson Research Center, brought together a diverse group of local artists to respond to the outright violence and subtle prejudices experienced by the Asian American community during the pandemic.

Duncan College senior Ashley Tseng’s caution tape portrait drawings also navigate what it means to be an Asian American facing heightened discrimination since the COVID-19 crisis began.

Tseng uses caution tape to represent how Asian Americans have been treated with suspicion and fear during the pandemic.

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